Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 5 (May 2002)

News - 5/02

In Brief
Simulation software developer MSC.Software (Santa Ana, CA) has agreed to acquire virtual prototyping developer Mechanical Dynamics (Ann Arbor, MI)....3Dlabs (Huntsville, AL), maker of Wildcat and Oxygen graphics accelerators, has signed an agreement to be acquired by digital entertainment developer Creative Technology (Singapore).


Top 10 ProCDRS Price/Performers
Below are the 10 workstation and graphics card combinations that achieved the best price/performance scores per system for the Pro/Designer ProCDSRS-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

ProCDRS-03 Price/Performance Summary
Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean Score $ per Composite
Dell 340 2.2GHz Nvidia Quadro4 700XGL $2447 92.53 $26
HP x2100 Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3242 103.3 $31
IBM M Pro 2.2GHz ATI FireGL 8800 $2588 78.22 $33
Compaq Evo W6000 2.2GHz Nvidia Quadro4 750XGL $3143 93.20 $34
Compaq Evo W6000 Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3792 103.38 $37
HP x2100 ATI FireGL 8800 $2882 78.20 $37
IBM 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $3958 86.53 $46
HP x2100 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4142 86.95 $48
Compaq Evo W6000 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4593 86.83 $53
Dell 530 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $5078 86.86 $58

Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source SPEC/GPC benchmark results April 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

For additional CG industry news updated daily, see:
News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan