Graphics and workstation vendors have their major interests in performance. By Bob Cramblitt "It's the fox guarding the henhouse." "Sounds like a case of collusion." "Conjures visions of a cabal of hooded individuals meeting secretively in a hotel basement." All these things have been said one time or another about benchmark committees composed primarily of … [Read more...] about Skin in the game: who are the best people to create benchmarks?
Users can run synthetic benchmarks without having actual application installed and still get rigorous results. By Bob Cramblitt In ancient times when I was in college, there was a faddish rash of imitation leather jackets. Some looked authentic and others looked like a baggie with a zipper and pockets. It led to the inevitable question whenever anyone sported a new jacket: … [Read more...] about Is that benchmark leather or pleather?
Benchmarks should include a variety of tests to characterize performance across a wide spectrum of applications and use cases. By Bob Cramblitt Ask enough people what makes a good professional workstation benchmark and the answers might cut a wide swath, but you should find some common ground. While not exhaustive, the list below is built to last: It's based on 30 years … [Read more...] about Authenticity is the key to good workstation performance benchmarks
Do you measure to get better workstation performance or choose ignorance as bliss? Special to GraphicSpeak by Bob Cramblitt When it comes to measuring workstation performance, clichès spring to mind: Faster is better. You get what you pay for. Mileage may vary. There is a kernel of truth in all of these sayings or they wouldn't be clichès. But if it's so simple, why … [Read more...] about Weighing the options for benchmarking workstation performance
A complete redesign offers new models, latest graphics display modes and a fresh GUI. The non-profit group SPEC has released a new benchmark for Siemens NX, the high-end 3D CAD program popular in heavy industry and automotive. The new software from SPEC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) offers performance evaluation for computers running Siemens NX 9.0 … [Read more...] about SPECapc releases new benchmark for Siemens NX