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
A Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs Review from Jon Peddie Research. Samsung has released the long-awaited S7 Galaxy smartphone, with and without Edge display. It comes with two processors: buyers in the US get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820; the rest of the world gets Samsung’s ARM-based Exynos 8890. For our benchmark testing we used the Snapdragon version. We ran a series of … [Read more...] about Benchmarking the new Samsung S7 Edge smartphone
The more you can see ... the more you can game. By Pierre LeBoule When playing a high-action, first-person shooter (FPS) game like Rise of the Tomb Raider, you want high resolution and a very wide field of view (FOV). In many games you can adjust the FOV either in the main screen’s options or in the games configuration .ini file, if you can find one. Or, you can string … [Read more...] about Playing Rise of the Tomb Raider at 12.3 megapixels
More than 30 potential workload scenarios are tested, including CPU, graphics, and memory bandwidth. The SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization Group (SPECwpc) has released an updated benchmark that extends performance measurement from physical to virtualized workstation configurations. The new SPECwpc V1.2 benchmark measures all key aspects of workstation … [Read more...] about SPEC extends workstation benchmark to virtualization
If you’re a gaming enthusiast, this is the AIB you’ve been waiting for. By C. Robert Dow When Nvidia introduced Maxwell GPUs in their midrange add-in boards (AIBs) in February, we thought how they did it was odd. Usually AMD and Nvidia bring out top-of-the-line products first and then dribble out the remaining products over the next six months or so. Why did Nvidia break … [Read more...] about Review: Nvidia’s GTX 980 Maxwell monster graphics board
How to test virtual workstation performance is one of the key issues facing this industry non-profit. At Siggraph SPEC’s Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark Autodesk 3ds Max 2015, and discussed with press and analysts the challenges it sees ahead. SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement of … [Read more...] about SPECapc releases new 3ds Max 2015 benchmark, outlines future