Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 9 (September 2002)

News - 9/02

As of mid-August, the LipSinc Web site and operations appeared to be functioning, but company representatives could not be reached for comment.

Exluna Merges with Nvidia
Rendering software maker Exluna announced that it has merged with graphics manufacturer Nvidia. Exluna had recently introduced Entropy, a rendering program for professional digital artists, and the subject of a lawsuit by Pixar, from which several Exluna officers had come. Exluna also distributed BMRT (Blue Moon Rendering Tools). Neither Entropy nor BMRT are now being sold.


Wildcat III Tops 3dsmax-01 Performers
Wildcat III graphics cards from 3Dlabs recently earned top performance numbers for the 3ds max subset of the SPECviewperf 7.0 benchmark. The 3dsmax-01 benchmark is based on Discreet's 3ds max modeling and animation software and consists of 14 tests, each of which represents a different mode of operation within 3ds max.

The mean scores show 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, visit

3dsmax-01 Performance Results

Workstation Graphics Card Price Mean
IBM M Pro 2.53GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4445 13.82
HP x2100 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4408 13.66
Dell 530 2.4GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4827 13.64
Fujitsu Siemens Celsius 670 Wildcat 6110 $6024 13.49
IBM M Pro 2.53GH Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3958 12.52
Dell 340 2.53GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3066 12.41
HP x2100 2.4GHz Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3508 12.13
Fujitsu Siemens Celsius 670 Quadro4 900XGL $4676 11.83
Fujitsu Siemens Celsius 670 Quadro4 750XGL $4260 11.41
Dell 340 2.53GHz Quadro4 700XGL $2566 11.27
IBM Pro 2.4GHz ATI FireGL 8800 $2887 8.25
Dell M50 2.GHz Nvidia Quadro4 500 GoGL $3799 6.59
Companies listed are voluntary participants. Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results July 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

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News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan