Issue: Volume: 25 Issue: 4 (April 2002)

News - 4/02

The XGL line consists of the entry level Quadro4 500/550, the mid-range 700/750, and the high-end Quadro4 900 XGL. The latter recently outscored the former high performer, 3Dlabs' new Wildcat III, in SPECviewperf benchmarks (see chart below), though the Wildcat continues to hold its own in application-based benchmarks such as those for Unigraphics or Solid Edge.

Okino Computer Graphics (Toronto) is making the VRML2 import converter for its PolyTrans 3D data translation product and NuGraf Rendering System software available on an open basis. The company, noting that VRML2 supports meshes, hierarchy, vertices, texture maps, lights, cameras, and a host of other file attributes, says it is promoting VRML2 as an ideal 3D data translation format, particularly from CAD packages. More information is available at

Nvidia's new Quadro4 900XGL bested other graphics accelerators in the latest round of ProCDRS-03 benchmarks. Pro/Designer ProCDRS-03 is a subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.2 benchmark that is based on PTC's CDRS industrial design software. The subset 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.

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

Top 10 ProCDRS Performers
Workstation Graphics card Price Mean Score
HP x2100 Nvidia Quadro4 900XGL $3242 103.3
HP x2100 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4142 86.95
IBM M Pro 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4038 86.92
Dell 530 2.2GHz 3Dlabs Wildcat III 6110 $4797 86.86
Compaq Evo W6000 2.2GHz Nvidia Quadro4 750XGL $3343 82.44
IBM M Pro 2.2GHz ATI FireGL 8800 $2738 78.22
HP x2100 ATI FireGL 8800 $2882 78.20
Fujitsu Siemens Celsius GL2 $4750 39.37
Dell 340 2.2GHz ATI Fire GL2 $2617 39.35
Compaq Evo W6000 2.2GHz Nvidia Quadro2 Pro $3343 39.18
Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results February 20, 2002. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

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News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan