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  • User Success - Hardware Benchmark Results


    Jim Wilson

    The following is an index of various hardware that we in User Success have had in our possession and have tested personally. The purpose of this list is to give users an idea of what hardware will and won't provide them with a good experience when using Vectorworks. This is NOT the same as the minimum hardware requirements, which can be found HERE. More details about the specific hardware components in your machine and how they affect Vectorworks can be found HERE.

     

    An explanation of the charts below, click to expand:

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    Cinebench can be downloaded HERE and run on your machine for comparison.

     

    The GPU score will give you a clear idea of how well you can expect Vectorworks zooming, panning, sheet layers and OpenGL to perform, we have given this an anecdotal ranking from our experience in the OpenGL Performance column.

     

    This list is sorted by CPU score, indicates the Renderworks capability of the various tested hardware ranked from extremely poor to one of the best CPUs available in a consumer desktop:

     

     

    A machine from the list above with a CPU score of 1265 can be expected to render scenes nearly twice as fast as a machine with a score of 627, for example.

     

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    Great list. Do we have a new one for 2018?

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    2 hours ago, Scott Parker said:

    Great list. Do we have a new one for 2018?


    I plan to update it after we get a few more machines to test in house. We have an iMac Pro on the way for instance that I'd like to include!

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    I can get my hands on a relatively cheap 27 inch mid 2011 Imac with a AMD HD6970M 1024 mb GPU.

    Any idea which gpu score this one would give? I can only find test with older cinebench versions :(

     

     

    Owh wait found this:

     

    http://cbscores.com/

     

    A score of 70 so it would more than twice as fast as my current gtx 555m 3gb

    But those the difference in gb make allot of difference?

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    5 minutes ago, Bas Vellekoop said:

    I can get my hands on a relatively cheap 27 inch mid 2011 Imac with a AMD HD6970M 1024 mb GPU.

    Any idea which gpu score this one would give? I can only find test with older cinebench versions :(

     


    it looks like that card was mostly popular in the era before the modern Cinebench version. However, I was able to find a score done specifically on that model:

     

    http://cbscores.com/ (search the page for "6970")

    A score of 70 is what it ended up with, so honestly if the screen is still 1080p or more likely 1600x1200 it should do well as long as its only driving that single display. Im fairly certain there were no Retina displays at the time, but if it has a 4K+ screen or if you have a file with a LOT of complex geometry it might choke because of having only 1GB VRAM.

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    haha thanks @JimW

    I found the site seconds later :)

     

    Thanks for the advise. In doubt about getting a complete new windows desktop with Ryzen 1700x and a 1070gpu or the mid 2011 Imac with Apple OS....

    Though choice 

     

     

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    Just now, Bas Vellekoop said:

    In doubt about getting a complete new windows desktop with Ryzen 1700x and a 1070gpu


    That setup would easily trounce the iMac not only for its GPU, but in renderings as well. 

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    I can buy 3 of those Imacs for the same money as the 1070 setup :)

    3.5 to be exact, haha

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    Ok, last question @JimW:

     

    If I look up the gtx 1070 on cbscores I get 3 results from 96 up till 141.

    How are such big differences possible?

    The difference with the HD 6970 seems to be small if you take the lowest score.

    But maybe the dedicated GB makes a big difference?

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    19 minutes ago, Bas Vellekoop said:

    If I look up the gtx 1070 on cbscores I get 3 results from 96 up till 141.

    How are such big differences possible?


    It can be a combination of things. The most likely factor is how much the GPUs have been overclocked. If you look at the last two entries on the top chart in the article, you will see that they are both GTX 970s (this was my gaming rig before I updated the GPU) but one has a much higher GPU score. I always overclock my graphics cards at least a little bit on Windows machines to get at least a little extra performance, but on the one I marked "Overclocked" I overclocked it as far as I could without it becoming unstable. Seeing a spread of 30-40 points in the GPU scores for similar models would not surprise me, especially since the types of people that post their benchmark results are also the type to overclock their hardware.

    The GTX 900 and GTX 1000 series from Nvidia are both VERY receptive to overclocking.

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    Ok bought something completely different :), a XPS 15 with a gtx 1050

    Score Opengl score of 90fps, whoopwhoop!

     

     

     

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    Article updated with a new chart embed method that should allow it to remain automatically up to date as we test and assess new hardware.

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