Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 1 (January 2002)

News - 1/02


The Nvidia Quadro2 Pro graphics card recently achieved the best price/performance score for the Pro/Designer ProCDRS-03 subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.2 benchmark. The ProCDRS benchmark is based on PTC's CDRS industrial design software and consists of 10 tests, each of which represents a different mode of operation within CDRS.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the 10 tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the numbers, the better the performance. The $ per composite figure represents the system price divided by the mean score.

To see how the same workstations fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional systems, visit

Top Nine ProCDRS Price/Performers

Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean Score $ per Composite
Dell 340 1.5GHz Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $1618 37.67 $43
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz Fire GL2 $2188 39.30 $56
IBM M Pro 1.5GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $3528 54.50 $65
IBM M Pro 2GHz Fire GL4 $3618 53.23 $68
HP x2000 1.7GHz Fire GL4 $3874 53.02 $73
IBM M Pro 2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat II 5110 $4028 53.92 $75
Compaq Evo W6000 1.7GHz Xeon Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $2969 37.68 $79
Compaq Evo W6000 1.7GHz Xeon ATI FireGL2 $3219 39.35 $82
Dell 530 2GHz ATI Fire GL2 $3297 39.34 $84
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results November 2001. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan