Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 7 (July 2002)

News - 7/02

Opticore and Immersion Graphics Announce Agreement
Opticore (Troy, MI), a provider of graphics software systems to manufacturers, and Immersion Graphics (Southfield, MI), a developer of visualization systems, have agreed to combine product lines to deliver turnkey viz systems to corporate customers.


Nvidia 900 XGL Leads New 3ds max Benchmarks
The Nvidia 900 XGL bested other cards, including 3Dlabs' Wildcat III, Nvidia's own 700XGL, and the ATI FireGL 8800 in recent benchmark tests based on the new 3ds max-01 subset of the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmarks that is based on Discreet's 3ds max modeling and animation software. The subset consists of 14 tests, each of which represents an important mode of operation within 3ds max.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the 14 tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the numbers, the better the performance.

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

3ds max-01 Performance Results

Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean
Dell 340 2.53GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3146 12.39
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3448 12.24
HP x2100 2.4GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900 XGL $3508 12.09
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4208 11.90
HP x2100 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4408 11.87
Dell 530 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4927 11.79
Dell 340 2.53GHz Nvidia Quadro4 700 XGL $2746 11.26
IBM M Pro 2.4GHz ATI FireGL 8800 $2907 8.25
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results May 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

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News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan