By James Nell on Nov 02, 2009
A Sun Ultra 27 workstation configured with an nVidia FX5800 graphics card delivered outstanding performance running the SPECviewperf® 10 benchmark.
When compared with other workstations running a single graphics card (i.e. not running two or more cards in SLI mode), the Sun Ultra 27 workstation places first in 6 of 8 subtests and second in the remaining two subtests.
The calculated geometric mean shows that Sun Ultra 27 workstation is 11% faster than competitor's workstations.
The optimum point for price/performance is the nVidia FX1800 graphics card.
Results have been published on the SPEC web site at http://www.spec.org/gwpg/gpc.data/vp10/summary.html.
Performance of the Sun Ultra 27 versus the competition. Bigger is better for each of the eight tests. The comparison is based upon the performance of the Sun Ultra 27 workstation. Performance is measured in frames per second.
|Sun Ultra 27 FX5800||59.34||68.81||58.07||246.09|
|HP xw4600 ATI FireGL V7700||49.71||19||48.05||43||57.11||2
|HP xw4600 FX4800||52.26||14||63.26||12||53.79||8
|Fujtsu Celsius M470 FX3800||53.67||11||65.25||7||52.19||10||227.37||7|
|Sun Ultra 27 FX5800||68.96||152.01||42.02||36.04|
|HP xw4600 ATI FireGL V7700||47.25||32||109.71||28||40.18||4||56.65||-57|
|HP xw4600 FX4800||61.15||11||131.31||14||28.42||32||33.43||7|
|Fujtsu Celsius M470 FX3800||64.39||7
Comparison of various frame buffers on the Sun Ultra 27 running SPECviewperf 10. Performance is reported for each test along with the difference in performance as compared to the FX5800 frame buffer. The runs in the table below were made with 3.2GHz W3570 processors.
Results and Configuration Summary
Sun Ultra 27 Workstation
1 x 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon (tm) W3580
2GB (1 x 2GB PC10600 1333MHz)
1 x 500GB SATA
nVidia Quadro FX380, FX1800, FX3800 & FX5800
$7,529.00 (includes Microsoft Windows and monitor)
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit
Benchmark: SPECviewperf 10
SPECviewperf measures 3D graphics rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL. SPECviewperf is a synthetic benchmark designed to be a predictor of application performance and a measure of graphics subsystem performance. It is a measure of graphics subsystem performance (primarily graphics bus, driver and graphics hardware) and its impact on the system without the full overhead of an application. SPECviewperf reports performance in frames per second.
Please go here for a more complete description of the tests.
Key Points and Best Practices
SPECviewperf measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL.
The SPECopcSM project group's SPECviewperf 10 is totally new performance evaluation software. In addition to features found in previous versions, it now provides the ability to compare performance of systems running in higher-quality graphics modes that use full-scene anti-aliasing, and measures how effectively graphics subsystems scale when running multithreaded graphics content. Since the SPECviewperf source and binaries have been upgraded to support changes, no comparisons should be made between past results and current results for viewsets running under SPECviewperf 10.
SPECviewperf 10 requires OpenGL 1.5 and a minimum of 1GB of system memory. It currently supports Windows 32/64.
SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of Oct 18, 2009. For the latest SPECviewperf benchmark results, visit www.spec.org/gwpg.