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Rendering benchmark

Question asked by Christopher Mueller on Jan 25, 2008
Latest reply on Feb 13, 2008 by nathan schafer
I have to start out by saying that I am a huge fan of Anna's punch holder benchmark spreadsheet.

I'd like to see if anyone out there also wants to get a rendering benchmark spreadsheet going.

The rendering engine in Solidworks can take advantage of multiple cores, so this is very interesting, especially considering the way processors have evolved the last couple of years. We found for example, that our Pentium 4 computer is better at the punch holder rebuild, but a similar machine with a Pentium D does better at rendering.

I've started a spreadsheet with the instructions here

The part can be downloaded from

It is a copy of the punch holder part with the rendering settings and material changed. Theoretically, a rebuild of the "punch render" part should take as long as the "punch holder" part, but I have not verified this.

Does anyone see any problems with the benchmark methodology? Will this give apples to apples comparison on different systems?