Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (Socket AM2)
Posted on: 05/23/2006 05:00 AM

Autodesk's 3ds Max 8.0
Autodesk∆ 3ds Max∆ 8 software builds on our promise to deliver state-of-the-art tools for creative and media professionals. Developed as a total animation package with a deep, productive feature set designed to accelerate workflow, 3ds Max is the leader in 3D animation for game development, design visualization, visual effects, and education.
The reason why I added 3ds Max to the benchmarking mix should be obvious. It is a widely used, scalable application that is most frequently run on high-end, multi-processor servers like the ones we're looking at today. For these tests I downloaded the 8.0 trial version and used some Max Scripted 3dsMax 7.0 benchmark files.



Initially I was concerned that the amount of system memory in the test machines (1gb vs 2gb) would cause a serious performance disparity. During my testing I monitored the memory usage and determined that it never exceeded more than 512mb during any of the testing. Nevertheless, there are two tests where the Opteron wins despite its clockspeed deficit. I will have to revisit these numbers with equal amounts of memory, and when I do, I will update this page.


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