With the release of SolidWorks 2011, a performance test is included to help test your system, compare your score with other users, and share your score on the Share Your Score site. The main problem this benchmark was designed to address was, how fast is my computer compared to other computers? This gives you tangible metrics due to the fact the tests are run in SolidWorks, in a repeatable manners across different computers.

 

The performance test pushes your computer hard and geared toward the comparison of CPU performance. The I/O is also represented well with the performance test. One area where you will not see significant differentiation is graphics. The reason for this is that the test is run without RealView on due to the fact that some systems cannot run SolidWorks with RealView on. If a system cannot run RealView, the score cannot be viewed/reported in comparison to systems that are running RealView. For this reason, RealView is turned off for all tests.

 

For more information on benchmarks, visit the Benchmarks page on solidworks.com.

 

The Test

The performance test can be started from the Windows start menu / SolidWorks <version> / SolidWorks Performance Test. Or it can also be started in the Add-In tab for SolidWorks Rx.

 

Notes:

  • The test has three areas; CPU, I/O, and Graphics. Each step of the test (described below) is meant to exercise a specific area of the computer using SolidWorks.
  • Out of the box, standard settings are used to insure consistent settings are used to run the tests.
  • The general tasks for the all datasets are as follows. The areas test are listed in [] after the test step:

             - Open the file [I/O]

             - Force a rebuild [CPU]

             - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

             - Open drawing [I/O w/Multi-Threading]

             - Rotate and zoom [Graphics]

             - Add sheet [CPU] & [Graphics]

             - Add view [CPU] & [Graphics]

             - Render (parts only) [CPU w/Multi-Threading]

 

  • Results for the performance test are stored in the My Documents \ SW Log Files directory. The files start with SWPTResults1.txt and new tests have a new filename (SWPTResults2.txt, SWPTResults3.txt, …).

 

Share Your Score Site

The Share Your Score site lists other machines. You can filter the listing by SolidWorks version, and computer type (laptop or workstation). You also have the option at the end of the performance test to share you score with other on this site.

 

Notes:

  • You cannot have more than one test results for the same computer/SolidWorks version. The most current entry is used.
  • When you share your score, you will be asked for a name for your system. You can search for this name later, so use something you will remember. Also, note that this is the only item that is displayed that shows anything personally identifiable. All other information is generic system information like CPU type, ram size, OS, SolidWorks version, etc. For more details, see the Terms & Conditions on the Share Your score site for details.
  • The list is sorted by CPU score. You can sort by other categories by selecting the top column cell.
  • Filter the results by SolidWorks version or computer type (laptop or workstation) to so only the results that are meaningful to what you are comparing.
  • Links are also provided to the Administrator section of the SolidWorks Forums. This is a good place to share comments and questions with other users.

 

Conclusion

The SolidWorks Performance Test is a useful tool that helps you understand, and quantify how fast your computer will generally (in respect to CPU speed) running SolidWorks compared to other systems.

 

Acknowledgement

A special thanks to Anna Wood of Auer Precision (www.auerprecision.com) for the dataset and her feedback during the development of the performance test.