82 Replies Latest reply on Feb 27, 2015 7:21 PM by Edwin Michna

    SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3

    Russ Johnston

      In an effort to compile and compare benchmark data for Linear Static FEA’s a SolidWorks forum thread was created on December 19, 2012.  In the following weeks the post received 5600+ views and 160+ replies.  Benchmark data from forum members was complied and compared.  During this time it was observed that the results varied greatly from user to user.  Users with very similar systems report vastly different results.  With the effort of forum members the varied results were tracked down to a default system option that changed the contact set definition thus changing the solve time.  During the investigation a second version of the benchmark (V2) was created in the original thread.

       

      That thread has been abandoned and this thread created to start with a fresh set of data.  As well the V2 benchmark file has been retired.  The original thread can be found here.

       

      Special thanks go to thank Iain McClatchie, Bill McEachern and Timothy Lawrence for their efforts in tracking down the problem.  With there input we hopefully now have a working Linear Static FEA benchmark that will generate consistent, comparable results.

       

      Contained in the attached ZIP file is the benchmark file (V3) and instructions on how to use it.  There is also a video showing how to perform Step 3 of the instructions.  If you have any comments please feel free.

       

      If you have already posted results in the old thread and would like to participate in this new thread please download the V3 benchmark file, re-run the simulation and post your results in this thread.

       

      Thanks,

      Russ

       

      Benchmark Results (22-MAY-2013)

       

      FEA_Benchmark_Results_SW2012 (22-MAY-13).png

      FEA_Benchmark_Results_SW2013 (22-MAY-13).png

      FEA_Benchmark_Results_SW2012 & SW2013 by Time (22-MAY-13).png

      FEA_Benchmark_Results_SW2012 & SW2013 by CPU (22-MAY-13).png

       

       

       

      Results Updated (22-MAY-13)

        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
          Russ Johnston

          Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

           

          Total Solution Time (sec) = 777 (12 min 59 s)

          Number of Equations (490875) = Y

          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

          Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

          Computer Model = MTower

          Approx System Cost = $3200

          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

          CPU Brand = Intel

          CPU Model = i7 2600K

          CPU Clock Speed = 4.0 GHz

          Cooling Type = Air Cooled

          Number of Cores = 4

          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

          Amount of RAM = 16 GB

          RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

          RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

          Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series3

          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

           

          Misc Notes:

           

          Coolermaster V6 GT CPU cooler, ASUS P8P67-M motherboard

          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
            Russ Johnston

            Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

             

            Total Solution Time (sec) = 565 (9 min 25s)

            Number of Equations (490875) = Y

            Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

            Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

            Computer Model = PCIe Workstation

            Approx System Cost = $3300

            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

            Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 2000

            CPU Brand = Intel

            CPU Model = i7 3930K

            CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

            Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

            Number of Cores = 6

            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

            Amount of RAM = 16 GB

            RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

            RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

            Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series 3

            Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

             

            Misc Notes:

             

            Corsair H100 CPU cooler, ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard

            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
              Carl Gauger

              Below are the results I got running the new Benchmark.  Note that the number of equations differed slightly.  I decided to do a 2nd run and was suprised to see that the number of equations was slightly different again than either yours or my first run.  Even more curious was the fact that the number of contact elements changed to 6 on the 2nd run.  Not sure what's up there--I checked the mesh setting on both runs before solving.  Even so, the solve time was not very significantly different.

               

              Run 1:

              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1009

              Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP1

              Computer Manufacturer = Built: MotherBoard = Gigabyte GA-Z77x-UD5H MB (Rev. 1.1)

              Computer Model = Case: Antec 302

              Approx System Cost < $1500

              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional 64 bit / Service Pack 1

              Graphics Card = AMD 100-505649 FirePro V4900, Driver 8.911.3.1000

              CPU Brand = Intel

              CPU Model = Core i7 3770K

              CPU Clock Speed = 3.5GHz

              Cooling Type = Air Cooled

              Number of Cores = 4

              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

              Amount of RAM = 32 GB

              RAM Manufacturer = Ballistix

              RAM Speed = 1600

              Hard Drive Size = 256 GB

              Hard Drive Type and RPM = Samsung 830 series E SATA SSD

               

              Run 2:

              Total Solution Time (sec) = 999

              Number of Equations (490875) = N (430890)

              Active Contact Elements (28) = N (6)

              Everything else = as above

              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                Dave Laban

                Just downloaded the model so will hopefully get it running on a couple of machines later today.  Thanks for all your effort with this benchmark.

                 

                Do we want to include the time to mesh in the results as well?  Or did the previous thread establish it was just proportionate to processor clock speed?

                 

                 

                Edit;

                 

                Results from first Workstation

                 

                Total Solution Time (sec) = 1494 (24min 54s)

                Time to Mesh (sec) = 12

                Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                Computer Manufacturer = HP

                Computer Model = xw8600 (purchased Jan 2009)

                Approx System Cost = [unknown]

                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                Graphics Card = NVidia Quadro FX5800 (driver 8.17.11.9754)

                CPU Brand = Intel

                CPU Model = Xeon X5492 (x2)

                CPU Clock Speed = 3.40GHz

                Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                Number of Cores = 8

                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No

                Amount of RAM = 32Gb

                RAM Manufacturer = [unknown]

                RAM Speed = [unknown]

                Hard Drive Size = 256Gb

                Hard Drive Type and RPM = Crucial M4-CT256 M4 SSD2

                 

                Misc Notes:  Terminal accessed using Windows Remote Desktop client, therefore graphics card was not being leveraged.

                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                    Richard Bremmer

                    Hi Dave,

                     

                    Could you do us a favour and rerun the test? Please set the simulation proces to use only one processor (4 cores). You can do that in the taskmanager, select the right process (probably cosmos) with the rmb and Set Affinity... This will give us some insight if for this particular study it is desirable to have two processors (8 cores) or if only one (4 cores) will do.

                     

                    Regards

                     

                    Richard

                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                        Dave Laban

                        Hi Richard,

                         

                        Good idea so I thought I'd try it.  I figured only running cores 0-3 would put them all on the same physical processor, if that was mistaken let me know and I'll re-run it.  I also upgraded from 12SP4 to 12SP5 so I re-ran the test with all 8 cores going for consistency.

                         

                        So, with all resources available:

                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 1490 (24min 50s - I think a four second / 0.3% difference between Service Packs can be ignored?)
                        Time to Mesh (sec) = 12
                        Number of Equations (490875) = Y
                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y
                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0
                        Computer Manufacturer = HP
                        Computer Model = xw8600 (purchased Jan 2009)
                        Approx System Cost = [unknown]
                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1
                        Graphics Card = NVidia Quadro FX5800 (driver 8.17.11.9754)
                        CPU Brand = Intel
                        CPU Model = Xeon X5492 (x2)
                        CPU Clock Speed = 3.40GHz
                        Cooling Type = Air Cooled
                        Number of Cores = 8
                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No
                        Amount of RAM = 32Gb
                        RAM Manufacturer = [unknown]
                        RAM Speed = [unknown]
                        Hard Drive Size = 256Gb
                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = Crucial M4-CT256 M4 SSD2

                         

                         

                        And with resources limited:
                        Total Solution Time (sec) =  1943 (32min 23s - so there's definitely a speed difference, but not by as much as might be thought)
                        Time to Mesh (sec) = 12
                        Number of Equations (490875) = Y
                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y
                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0
                        Computer Manufacturer = HP
                        Computer Model = xw8600 (purchased Jan 2009)
                        Approx System Cost = [unknown]
                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1
                        Graphics Card = NVidia Quadro FX5800 (driver 8.17.11.9754)
                        CPU Brand = Intel
                        CPU Model = Xeon X5492 (x2 - Processor Affinity for star.exe modified to only use Core 0-3, changed as soon as possible after commencing analysis (while current task was listed as Iteration)).
                        CPU Clock Speed = 3.40GHz
                        Cooling Type = Air Cooled
                        Number of Cores = 8 (reduced to 4 for star.exe)
                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No
                        Amount of RAM = 32Gb
                        RAM Manufacturer = [unknown]
                        RAM Speed = [unknown]
                        Hard Drive Size = 256Gb
                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = Crucial M4-CT256 M4 SSD2

                         

                        The attached .png shows task manager during the contact solving stage with only four of the cores active.

                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                      Dave Laban

                      Results from my general-purpose laptop.

                       

                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 2484 (41min 24s)

                      Time to Mesh (sec) = 18

                      Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0

                      Computer Manufacturer = HP

                      Computer Model = 6930p

                      Approx System Cost = [unknown]

                      Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                      Graphics Card = ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 (driver 8.632.1.1000)

                      CPU Brand = Intel

                      CPU Model = Core 2 Duo P8600

                      CPU Clock Speed = 2.40GHz

                      Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                      Number of Cores = 2

                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No

                      Amount of RAM = 4Gb

                      RAM Manufacturer = [unknown]

                      RAM Speed = [unknown]

                      Hard Drive Size = 148Gb

                      Hard Drive Type and RPM = WDC WD1600BEKT-60F3T1 (mechanical, unsure of RPM)

                       

                       

                      Is it worth comparing not just CPU clockspeed for reference but also match against the test results from CPUBenchmark.net?  As if there is good correlation with their scores it will make speccing a workstation a little easier.

                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                        Jody Wilkerson

                        Hi Russ,

                         

                        Here are the results from my Xi machine.  We have already switched to SW2013, so I can't get the results in SW2012 anymore.

                        I still got slower times than yours.

                         

                        Total Mesh Time (sec) = 7

                        Total Solution Time = 834 (13min 54sec)

                        Number of Equations (490875) = N  (I got 490038.  This is the same as what Carl got on his 1st run so this might be due to SW2013)

                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP1

                        Computer Manufacturer = Xi

                        Computer Model = MTower

                        Approx System Cost = $2843

                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 x64

                        Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 2000

                        CPU Brand = Intel

                        CPU Model = Core i7-3770K

                        CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

                        Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                        Number of Cores = 4

                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                        Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                        RAM Manufacturer = Corsair Vengance

                        RAM Speed = DDR3-1866

                        Hard Drive Size = 240GB SSD

                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                         

                        Misc Notes:

                         

                        ASUS P8Z77-V Pro motherboard

                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                          Riccardo Santambrogio

                          Hi Russ,

                           

                          simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                           

                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 658 (10 min 58 s)

                          Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0

                          Computer Manufacturer = hp

                          Computer Model = z420

                          Approx System Cost = $4700

                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 8 Professional x64

                          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

                          CPU Brand = Intel

                          CPU Model = xeon e5-1660

                          CPU Clock Speed = 3.3 GHz (turbo 3.9)

                          Cooling Type = liquid Cooled

                          Number of Cores = 6

                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                          Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                          RAM Manufacturer = samsung

                          RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                          Hard Drive Size = 240 GB

                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD (oem)

                          Misc Notes:

                          workstation setup made by “HP Performance Advisor”. profile “solidworks 2012”

                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                            james demarco

                            I also saw a slight variation in number of equations - advanced options was checked. I do have the same number of elements Jody reported.

                            simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 882 (14.7 min)

                            Number of Equations (490875) = N 490038

                            Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP1.0

                            Computer Manufacturer = Alienware

                            Computer Model = R4

                            Approx System Cost = $4200?

                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1.0

                            Graphics Card = GeForce GTX 555

                            CPU Brand = Intel

                            CPU Model = i7-3930

                            CPU Clock Speed = 3.3 GHz

                            Cooling Type = liquid Cooled

                            Number of Cores = 6

                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                            Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                            RAM Manufacturer = Dell

                            RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                            Hard Drive Size = 240 GB

                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                            Misc Notes:

                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                              Phil Perlich

                              Here are some results for another machine in our office. I don't know why the # of equations is off. I doubled checked step 3.

                               

                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1078 sec (~18 minutes)

                              Number of Equations (490875) = N (491,406)

                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                              Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                              Computer Model = Precision Work Station T7500

                              Approx System Cost = $900

                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 SP1

                              Graphics Card = ???

                              CPU Brand = Intel

                              CPU Model = Xeon E5620

                              CPU Clock Speed = 2.40 GHz

                              Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                              Number of Cores = 4 cores/processor X 2 processor = 8 cores (8 logical/processor X 2 processors = 16 logical)

                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = ???

                              Amount of RAM = 24 GB

                              RAM Manufacturer = ???

                              RAM Speed = ???

                              Hard Drive Size = 918 GB

                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = disk - speed = ???

                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                Philip Christensen

                                Simulation benchmark V3 results:

                                 

                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 990 sec

                                Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012 Premium x64 SP4.0

                                Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                Computer Model = Precision M6600

                                Approx System Cost = ?

                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Enterprise SP1.0

                                Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 4000M

                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                CPU Model = i7-2760QM CPU

                                CPU Clock Speed = 2.40 GHz

                                Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                Number of Cores = 4

                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                Amount of RAM = 8 Gb

                                RAM Manufacturer = Samsung

                                RAM Speed = DDR3 1333 MHz

                                Hard Drive Size = 320 GB

                                Hard Drive Type and RPM = WDC - WD3200BEKT, SATA, 7200 RPM

                                Misc Notes: None

                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                  Russ Johnston

                                  It appears that SW2013 is actually slower on this benchmark than SW2012 is.....

                                   

                                  Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                   

                                  Total Solution Time (sec) = 1029 (17 min 9 s) --> SW2012 Time = 777 (12 min 59 s)

                                  Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                  Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                  SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP1.0

                                  Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

                                  Computer Model = MTower

                                  Approx System Cost = $3200

                                  Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                  Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

                                  CPU Brand = Intel

                                  CPU Model = i7 2600K

                                  CPU Clock Speed = 4.0 GHz

                                  Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                                  Number of Cores = 4

                                  Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                  Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                  RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                  RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                  Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series3

                                  Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                   

                                  Misc Notes:

                                   

                                  Coolermaster V6 GT CPU cooler, ASUS P8P67-M motherboard

                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                    John Sutherland

                                    Thanks Russ for your effort.

                                     

                                    We will never know if some mobos have sub optimal settings for jumpers or BIOS.

                                     

                                    Comparing the 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo vs. 2.4 GHz i7, I guess that the Core 2 also has a 7200 rpm drive and that the difference is in the extra RAM which enables avoidance of pagefile swapping in a slow I/O environment.

                                     

                                    RAM frequency seems not to be significant.

                                     

                                    I suspect that there is a wide range of SSD data rates.

                                     

                                    Perhaps the Xeon X series has a very slow or flakey SSD.

                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                      Cylo Master

                                      Hey Russ, Great post idea.

                                       

                                      Would love to try out that simulation on my new machine, but i have SW 2011, A step or igs file would be great.

                                       

                                      Thanks

                                       

                                      Asus P9X79 LE

                                      iNTEL i7 3820 3.60GHZ LGA2011

                                      32GB DDR3 CORSAIR

                                      SSD 256 OCZ

                                      3TB Seagate BARC

                                      NVIDIA QUADRO FX1800

                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                        Alessandro Tornincasa

                                        Hi Russ,

                                        here are my results:

                                         

                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 1199 (from step 6 above)

                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2

                                        Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                        Computer Model = Precision M4600

                                        Approx System Cost = 3000 $

                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional SP1

                                        Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 2000M

                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                        CPU Model = Intel Core i7-2860QM CPU@2.5GHz 2.5 GHZ

                                        CPU Clock Speed = 2.5 GHZ

                                        Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                        Number of Cores = 8

                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                        Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                                        RAM Manufacturer =

                                        RAM Speed = 665.3 Mhz

                                         

                                        I suspect this benchmark could run faster by tweaking some options. I'll post you later.

                                         

                                        Alex

                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                          Alessandro Tornincasa

                                          I was tinking about the general guidelines:

                                          - sparse solver is faster when solving contacts

                                          - node to surface is faster than surface to surface.

                                           

                                          I'll make a couple of tests:

                                          - direct sparse solver and node to surface

                                          - direct sparse and surface to surace contact

                                           

                                          I'll let you know my findings,

                                           

                                          Alex

                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                              Alessandro Tornincasa

                                              direct sparse solver and node to surface

                                               

                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 958 (from step 6 above)

                                              Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = N (10)

                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2

                                              Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                              Computer Model = Precision M4600

                                              Approx System Cost = 3000 $

                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional SP1

                                              Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 2000M

                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                              CPU Model = Intel Core i7-2860QM CPU@2.5GHz 2.5 GHZ

                                              CPU Clock Speed = 2.5 GHZ

                                              Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                              Number of Cores = 8

                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                              Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                                              RAM Manufacturer =

                                              RAM Speed = 665.3 Mhz

                                               

                                              It seems that there's less solver time because there are less contact elements.

                                               

                                              Alex


                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                Alessandro Tornincasa

                                                direct sparse and surface to surace contact

                                                 

                                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 1323 (from step 6 above)

                                                Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                Active Contact Elements (28) = N (22)

                                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2

                                                Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                Computer Model = Precision M4600

                                                Approx System Cost = 3000 $

                                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional SP1

                                                Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 2000M

                                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                                CPU Model = Intel Core i7-2860QM CPU@2.5GHz 2.5 GHZ

                                                CPU Clock Speed = 2.5 GHZ

                                                Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                Number of Cores = 8

                                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                                                RAM Manufacturer =

                                                RAM Speed = 665.3 Mhz

                                                 

                                                Hmmm, more solution time and less contact elements. And the direct sparse was supposed to be faster. I'm puzzled...

                                                 

                                                Alex


                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                Alessandro Tornincasa

                                                Ok, there's one last test that should be tried:

                                                - switching surface and target in the contact set and using iterative solver

                                                switching surface and target in the contact set and using direct sparse solver

                                                 

                                                Alex

                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                  Vittorio Villani

                                                  Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                   

                                                  Total Solution Time (sec) = 1056

                                                  Number of Equations (490875)

                                                  Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                  SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP1.0

                                                  Computer Manufacturer =

                                                  Computer Model =

                                                  Approx System Cost =

                                                  Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Ultimate x64/SP1

                                                  Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K5000M

                                                  CPU Brand = Intel

                                                  CPU Model = i7 920

                                                  CPU Clock Speed = 3.9 GHz

                                                  Cooling Type = Water cooled

                                                  Number of Cores = 4 (8 HT)

                                                  Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                  Amount of RAM = 24 GB

                                                  RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                  RAM Speed = 780 MHz

                                                  Hard Drive Size = Samsung 830 - 256Gbyte

                                                  Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                   

                                                  Thanks again for the nice work that you did with this benchmark. I'll try to run the bench on other computers and let you know.

                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                    Chris Ross

                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 755 (from step 6 above)

                                                    Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                    Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5

                                                    Computer Manufacturer = Me

                                                    Computer Model =

                                                    Approx System Cost = $3000

                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Win 7 64 bit SP 1

                                                    Graphics Card = PNY Quadro 4000

                                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                                    CPU Model = i7-3930

                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 3.2 GHz

                                                    Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                    Number of Cores = 6

                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                    Amount of RAM = 16GB (4x4GB)

                                                    RAM Manufacturer = G.Skill

                                                    RAM Speed = DDR3 1866

                                                    Hard Drive Size = 480

                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = Intel Cherryville SSD

                                                    Misc Notes:

                                                    Motherboard  = ASUS P9X79 Deluxe LGA

                                                    Case = Cooler Master Cosmos II

                                                    Cooler = Corsair Hydro H100 Liquid Cooler

                                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                      Vittorio Villani

                                                      Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                       

                                                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 716

                                                      Number of Equations (490038)

                                                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2.0

                                                      Computer Manufacturer =

                                                      Computer Model =

                                                      Approx System Cost =

                                                      Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 8 Pro

                                                      Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K5000

                                                      CPU Brand = Intel

                                                      CPU Model = i7 3960x

                                                      CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

                                                      Cooling Type = Water cooled

                                                      Number of Cores = 6 (12 HT)

                                                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                      Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                      RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                      RAM Speed = 800 MHz

                                                      Hard Drive Size = Samsung 830 - 256Gbyte

                                                      Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                       

                                                      First test for me with no software optimiziation.

                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                          Vittorio Villani

                                                          I run again the test with CoreTemp and CPU-Z to check temperatures and frequencies.

                                                           

                                                          At 4.5Ghz the test takes 710-720 sec depending on how many tasks are running in Windows 8.

                                                           

                                                          The max temperature running this benchmark and the standard SolidWorks benchmark is 55°. When running Prime95 the temperature reaches about 60°. Room temperature is set to 24° (maybe it is a little lower now). When the screen show was taken, Prime95 was running on all cores:

                                                           

                                                          SolidWorksBench03.JPG

                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                          Bill Markert

                                                          Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                           

                                                          I am posting two results for the new system I have just put together.  The first is for the standard Turbo setting for the processor (peaks at about 4.1 Ghz) and the second is for the extreme overclocking software setup (set at 4.74 Ghz).  These clocking options are part of the ASUS motherboard control software that runs in windows.

                                                           

                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 822 (13 min 42 s)

                                                          Number of Equations (490875) =N - 490038

                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP0.0

                                                          Computer Manufacturer = Home built

                                                          Computer Model =

                                                          Approx System Cost = $3000

                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                          Graphics Card = AMD FirePro V4900

                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                          CPU Model = i7 3970X

                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 4.12 GHz

                                                          Cooling Type = Water Cooled

                                                          Number of Cores = 6

                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                          Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                          RAM Manufacturer = Corsair Vengeance

                                                          RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

                                                          Hard Drive Size = 480 GB Corsair Neutron GTX

                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                           

                                                          Misc Notes:

                                                           

                                                          Corsair H100 CPU cooler, ASUS P9X79 DELUXE motherboard, ASUS Stormtrooper Case

                                                           

                                                          With the extreme over clocking setup:

                                                           

                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 742 (12 min 22 s)

                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 4.74 GHz


                                                           

                                                          Misc Notes:

                                                           

                                                          I set the H100 fans to high so the system was noiser than I would like for a long period but the processor peaked early at only 64C max then settled down between 45C to 55C, so not bad and the fans never went to full rpm.

                                                           

                                                          I didn't think to save results so I don't have either out file to post.  If there is interest I can rerun the benchmarks and post the out files.

                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                            Riccardo Santambrogio

                                                            Hi Ross,

                                                            I confirm your data. 2013 sp3 is slower than 2012 sp5 on w8-64

                                                             

                                                            Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                             

                                                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 862 (14 min 20 s) --> SW2012 Time = 658 (10 min 58 s)

                                                            Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                            Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP3.0

                                                            Computer Manufacturer = HP

                                                            Computer Model = z420

                                                            Approx System Cost = $4700

                                                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 8 pro 64 bit

                                                            Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

                                                            CPU Brand = Intel

                                                            CPU Model = Xeon e5-1660

                                                            CPU Clock Speed = 3.3 (turbo 3.9) GHz

                                                            Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                            Number of Cores = 6

                                                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                            Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                            RAM Manufacturer = Samsung

                                                            RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                            Hard Drive Size = 240 GB

                                                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                             

                                                            Misc Notes:

                                                            workstation setup made by “HP Performance Advisor”. profile “solidworks 2012/213”

                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                              Justin Strempke

                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1243 (20 min 43 s)

                                                              Number of Equations (490875) = N, 490038

                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SWX2013 SP2

                                                              Computer Manufacturer = HARDCORE

                                                              Computer Model = REACTOR

                                                              Approx System Cost = Unknown

                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP 1

                                                              Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB

                                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                                              CPU Model = i7 Extreme x990

                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 3.47, (Turbo 4.3) GHz

                                                              Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                              Number of Cores = 6

                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                              Amount of RAM = 16GB DDR3

                                                              RAM Manufacturer = Unknown

                                                              RAM Speed = 1366 Mhz

                                                              Hard Drive Size = 300 GB

                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                               

                                                              Misc Notes:

                                                              Submerged motherboard (Greencity x58)

                                                               

                                                              I'll run on SW2012 SP5 here in a bit to check on my machine if there's much difference.  Also not 100% sure on the RAM speed, CPUZ is a bit cryptic to me on the true speed.  Gives NB at 2600 MHz, DRAM at 537, FSB 2:8, and CR=2T.  From DRAM*CR it should be ~1080 MHz, but the winstat memory test showed teh 1366 MHz value...

                                                               

                                                              .OUT file for 2013 run

                                                               

                                                               

                                                              UPDATES:

                                                               

                                                              2012 run:

                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 938 (15 min 38 s)

                                                              Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SWX2012 SP5

                                                               

                                                              Hyper-Threading enabled for comparison:

                                                              2013 time: 1226 s (20 min 26 s)

                                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                Brian Dallos

                                                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 1198

                                                                Number of Equations (490875) = 490038

                                                                Active Contact Elements (28) = 28

                                                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SWX2013 SP2

                                                                Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                Computer Model = M6600

                                                                Approx System Cost = $3000+

                                                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64 SP 1

                                                                Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 3000M 2GB

                                                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                CPU Model = i7-2760QM

                                                                CPU Clock Speed = 2.40GHz

                                                                Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                Number of Cores = 4

                                                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                Amount of RAM = 8GB DDR3

                                                                RAM Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                RAM Speed = 1333 Mhz

                                                                Hard Drive Size = 2x 500 GB

                                                                Hard Drive Type and RPM = SATA, 7200, RAID 1

                                                                 

                                                                Misc Notes:

                                                                This is my daily use laptop. Not normally used to run simulations only to view results.

                                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                  Brian Dallos

                                                                  Total Solution Time (sec) = 1226

                                                                  Number of Equations (490875) = 490038

                                                                  Active Contact Elements (28) = 28

                                                                  SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SWX2013 SP2

                                                                  Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                  Computer Model = T7500

                                                                  Approx System Cost = $3000+

                                                                  Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP 1

                                                                  Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro FX570

                                                                  CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                  CPU Model = 2x Xeon X5550

                                                                  CPU Clock Speed = 2.67GHz

                                                                  Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                  Number of Cores = 2x 4

                                                                  Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                  Amount of RAM = 24GB DDR3

                                                                  RAM Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                  RAM Speed = 1333 Mhz

                                                                  Hard Drive Size = 3x 146 GB (270GB Total)

                                                                  Hard Drive Type and RPM = SAS, 15000, RAID 5

                                                                   

                                                                  Misc Notes:

                                                                  This is one of several simulation boxes used daily. Build date of 12/21/2009.

                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                    Brian Dallos

                                                                    This machine is a little bit different than any of the other machines posted here. This is one of 2/3 virtual machine set up on a Dell PowerEdge R710. I'll first post the specs for the virtual machine then I'll post the details of the entire server.

                                                                     

                                                                    Virtual Machine

                                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 1333

                                                                    Number of Equations (490875) = 490038

                                                                    Active Contact Elements (28) = 28

                                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SWX2013 SP2

                                                                    Computer Manufacturer = Virtual

                                                                    Computer Model = NA

                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP 1

                                                                    Graphics Card = None

                                                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                    CPU Model = Xeon X5690

                                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 3.47GHz

                                                                    Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                    Number of Cores = 4

                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                    Amount of RAM = 60GB DDR3

                                                                    RAM Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                    RAM Speed = 1333 Mhz

                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 80GB Windows Partition/ 224GB Data Partition

                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = NA

                                                                     

                                                                    Server

                                                                    Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                    Computer Model = PowerEdge R710

                                                                    Approx System Cost = $10000

                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = VMware v Sphere 4 Standard

                                                                    Graphics Card = None

                                                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                    CPU Model = 2x Xeon X5690

                                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 3.47GHz

                                                                    Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                    Number of Cores = 2x 6

                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                    Amount of RAM = 96GB DDR3

                                                                    RAM Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                    RAM Speed = 1333 Mhz

                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 2x 73 GB(VMware)/6x 300GB (virtual machines)

                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = SAS/SAS, 15k/10k, 6Gbps/6Gbps, RAID 1/RAID 5


                                                                     

                                                                     

                                                                    Misc Notes:

                                                                    This box currently has the RAM from 2 of he virtual machines dedicated to it. The virtual machines can be taken down and resources reallocated as necessary. Typical run 2-5 machines simulateously. This and simulation box detailed in the previous post are exclusively used for steady state and transient(1k-2k step) thermal and flow simulations.

                                                                     

                                                                    Update: 2 other studies were being run concurrently on a different virtual machine.

                                                                     

                                                                    Message was edited by: Brian Dallos

                                                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                      Tony Gatta

                                                                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 1622

                                                                      Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4

                                                                      Computer Manufacturer = Lenovo

                                                                      Computer Model = W510 (laptop workstation)

                                                                      Approx System Cost = ~$2500

                                                                      Operating System and Service Pack = Win 7 Pro SP1

                                                                      Graphics Card = Quadro FX 880M

                                                                      CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                      CPU Model = Core i7

                                                                      CPU Clock Speed =

                                                                      Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                      Number of Cores = 4

                                                                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                      Amount of RAM = 16GB

                                                                      RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                      RAM Speed =

                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                        Matthew Jackson

                                                                        Hi All,

                                                                         

                                                                        I have solved the following FE models:

                                                                         

                                                                        1. Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact
                                                                        2. Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact Hyperthreading
                                                                        3. Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact
                                                                        4. Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact Hyperthreading
                                                                        5. Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact
                                                                        6. Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact Hyperthreading
                                                                        7. Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact
                                                                        8. Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact Hyperthreading

                                                                         

                                                                        My machine details are:

                                                                         

                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP3

                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Cryo Performance Computing

                                                                        Computer Model = NA

                                                                        Approx System Cost = £8,000

                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Service Pack 1

                                                                        Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800

                                                                        CPU Brand = INTEL

                                                                        CPU Model = i7

                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 4.26 GHz

                                                                        Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                        Number of Cores = 6

                                                                        Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                                                                        RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                        RAM Speed = 2000 MHz

                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 128 GB

                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                         

                                                                        Misc Notes:

                                                                         

                                                                        Motherboard ASUS D33005

                                                                         

                                                                        Results are:

                                                                         

                                                                        Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 897 (14 min 57 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                         

                                                                        Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact Hyper Threading

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 866 (14 min 26 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                         

                                                                        Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 875 (14 min 35 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (11)

                                                                         

                                                                         

                                                                        Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact Hyper Threading

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 891 (14 min 51 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (11)

                                                                         

                                                                          

                                                                        Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 969 (16 min 9 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (22)

                                                                         

                                                                        Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact Hyper Threading

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 864 (14 min 24 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (22)

                                                                         

                                                                        Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 700 (11 min 40 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (10)

                                                                         

                                                                        Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact Hyper Threading

                                                                         

                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 606 (10 min 6 sec)

                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = N (10)

                                                                         

                                                                        Thanks

                                                                         

                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                          Linn Tun

                                                                          Dear all,

                                                                           

                                                                          I've done benchmarking with new machine. Results are as follows:

                                                                           

                                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 753

                                                                          Number of Equations (490875) =N - 490038

                                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP3.0

                                                                          Computer Manufacturer = Home built

                                                                          Computer Model =

                                                                          Approx System Cost =

                                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64

                                                                          Graphics Card = AMD FirePro V5900

                                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                          CPU Model = i7 3970X

                                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 4.87 GHz

                                                                          Cooling Type = Water Cooled Corsair h80i

                                                                          Number of Cores = 6

                                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                          Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                          RAM Manufacturer = G.SKILL

                                                                          RAM Speed =

                                                                          Hard Drive Size = Samsung 840 Series 256GB

                                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                           


                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                            Greg Muller

                                                                            Just ran it... ouch.

                                                                             

                                                                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 2525

                                                                            Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                                            Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4

                                                                            Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                            Computer Model = Precision T3400

                                                                            Approx System Cost = $2000

                                                                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional PS1

                                                                            Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro FX 570

                                                                            CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                            CPU Model = Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7300

                                                                            CPU Clock Speed = 2.66GHz

                                                                            Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                            Number of Cores = 2

                                                                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                            Amount of RAM = 4.00 GB

                                                                            RAM Manufacturer = ?

                                                                            RAM Speed = ?

                                                                            Hard Drive Size = 233 GB

                                                                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = 7200 RPM

                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                              Russ Johnston

                                                                              Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                               

                                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 745(12 min 25s)

                                                                              Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2.0

                                                                              Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

                                                                              Computer Model = PCIe Workstation

                                                                              Approx System Cost = $3300

                                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                              Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 2000

                                                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                              CPU Model = i7 3930K

                                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

                                                                              Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                              Number of Cores = 6

                                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                              Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                                              RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                              RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

                                                                              Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Force Series 3

                                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                               

                                                                              Misc Notes:

                                                                               

                                                                              Corsair H100 CPU cooler, ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard

                                                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                Russ Johnston

                                                                                Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                 

                                                                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 887 (14 min 47s)

                                                                                Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2.0

                                                                                Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

                                                                                Computer Model = PCIe Workstation

                                                                                Approx System Cost = $2900

                                                                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro K2000

                                                                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                CPU Model = i7 4770K

                                                                                CPU Clock Speed = 4.5 GHz

                                                                                Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                                Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                                                RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                                RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

                                                                                Hard Drive Size = 240 GB Corsair Neutron Series

                                                                                Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                 

                                                                                Misc Notes:

                                                                                 

                                                                                Corsair H100i CPU cooler, ASUS Z87 Deluxe motherboard

                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                    Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                    FEA_BENCHMARK-V3.SLDPRT

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Total Mesh Time (sec) = 7 sec

                                                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 351 sec (5min 51sec)

                                                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP0

                                                                                    Computer Manufacturer = home built

                                                                                    Computer Model =

                                                                                    Approx System Cost = $2,600

                                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = W8

                                                                                    Graphics Card = Quadro 4000

                                                                                    CPU Brand = INTEL

                                                                                    CPU Model = 3930k

                                                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 4.6

                                                                                    Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                                    Number of Cores = 6

                                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                    Amount of RAM = 32

                                                                                    RAM Manufacturer = G.Skill

                                                                                    RAM Speed = 1687

                                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 250

                                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = Samsung 840 Evo

                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                        Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                        I didn't have the advanced options ticked it was slightly slower result and here is a bench of my new HDD. Nearly 1100 MB/s.

                                                                                         

                                                                                          T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                       

                                                                                           NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                           NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                           NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                         

                                                                                        T O T A L   S O L U T I O N   T I M E (sec) . . . . =     363

                                                                                         

                                                                                        EVO Bench.PNG

                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                        Tom Smith

                                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 911 (15m 11s)

                                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N

                                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP0

                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                        Computer Model = T3600

                                                                                        Approx System Cost = 2100 usd

                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Win7 x64 SP1

                                                                                        Graphics Card = nvidia Quadro 4000

                                                                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                        CPU Model = Xeon E5-1620

                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 3.6 GHZ

                                                                                        Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                        Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 16Gb

                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer = DDR3 unknown

                                                                                        RAM Speed = unknown

                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 240 GB

                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = Dell PERC H310 SCSI SSD

                                                                                        Contact set advanced options = Y

                                                                                         

                                                                                           NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                           NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                           NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Looks like 2014 is leaving out ~800 equations for some reason

                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                        Bill Markert

                                                                                        Russ

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Reran benchmark with current computer using 2014 SP0

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 420 (7 min)

                                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) =N - 490038

                                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP0.0

                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Home built

                                                                                        Computer Model =

                                                                                        Approx System Cost = $3000

                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                        Graphics Card = AMD FirePro V4900

                                                                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                        CPU Model = i7 3970X

                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 4.20GHz (Setup as Turbo all Cores drops as low as 1.2 GHZ with low processor demand)

                                                                                        Cooling Type = Water Cooled

                                                                                        Number of Cores = 6

                                                                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer = Corsair Vengeance

                                                                                        RAM Speed = 1866 MHz

                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 480 GB Corsair Neutron GTX

                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Misc Notes:

                                                                                         

                                                                                        Corsair H100 CPU cooler, Gigabyte X79-UP4 motherboard, ASUS Stormtrooper Case

                                                                                         

                                                                                        I've made some changes to the system since my original post with it early in the year.  Most importantly I have swapped out motherboards.  I had a motherboard failure with the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe I originally had in June and was sent a refurbished board with a highly intermittent hardware fault.  After many weeks on my own then some professional help I fixed the system problem by replacing the motherboard.  Net result is the system runs about 5% slower with the Gigabyte board in its current conservative overclock state. 

                                                                                         

                                                                                        My experience with ASUS support was very poor to the point where I will never use and do not recommend anyone else uses ASUS hardware.  Hardware is nice but customer service is atrocious.

                                                                                         

                                                                                        I also replaced all the fans with Noctua fans.  A bit pricey but the silence is golden!

                                                                                         


                                                                                        Bill Markert

                                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                          Eric Andersen

                                                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 3348

                                                                                          Number of Equations (490875) = N 490038, "Show advanced options for contact set definition" was checked.

                                                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y or N

                                                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2

                                                                                          Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                          Computer Model = Precision T5400

                                                                                          Approx System Cost = $2000? (It was purchased long before I got here)

                                                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

                                                                                          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro FX 1700, 512 MB

                                                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                          CPU Model = Xeon E5260 (Wolfdale)

                                                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 3.33 GHz

                                                                                          Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                          Number of Cores = 2

                                                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                                          Amount of RAM = 8GB

                                                                                          RAM Manufacturer = OEM

                                                                                          RAM Speed = 332MHz

                                                                                          Hard Drive Size = 250 GB

                                                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM

                                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                            Antonijo Kovacevic

                                                                                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 873

                                                                                            Time to Mesh (sec) = 5

                                                                                            Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                            Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP5

                                                                                            Computer Manufacturer = Homebuild

                                                                                            Computer Model =

                                                                                            Approx System Cost = $1700

                                                                                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro x64/SP1

                                                                                            Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K2000

                                                                                            CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                            CPU Model = i5 4670k

                                                                                            CPU Clock Speed = 4,5

                                                                                            Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                                            Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                                            Amount of RAM = 32GB

                                                                                            RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                                            RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                                                            Hard Drive Size = 250 GB

                                                                                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                              Daniel Ruf

                                                                                              Workstation 1

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                               

                                                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1259 (20 min 59 s)

                                                                                              Number of Equations (490038) = Y

                                                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP5.0

                                                                                              Computer Manufacturer =

                                                                                              Computer Model =

                                                                                              Approx System Cost =

                                                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                              Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 4000

                                                                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                              CPU Model = i7 960

                                                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 3.2 GHz

                                                                                              Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                              Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                              Amount of RAM = 12 GB

                                                                                              RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                              RAM Speed =

                                                                                              Hard Drive Size =

                                                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = HDD

                                                                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                Daniel Ruf

                                                                                                Workstation 2

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                Total Solution Time (sec) = 2139 (35 min 39 s)

                                                                                                Number of Equations (490038) = Y

                                                                                                Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP5.0

                                                                                                Computer Manufacturer =

                                                                                                Computer Model =

                                                                                                Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                                Graphics Card = ATI FireGL V8650

                                                                                                CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                CPU Model = Core2 Duo Extreme X9650

                                                                                                CPU Clock Speed = 3 GHz

                                                                                                Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                Amount of RAM = 8 GB

                                                                                                RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                RAM Speed =

                                                                                                Hard Drive Size =

                                                                                                Hard Drive Type and RPM = HDD

                                                                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                  John Doe

                                                                                                  Some are running Xeon, others i7s.........  Looking at this thread to see if I can get the fastest system...

                                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                    Shawn Mahaney

                                                                                                    I tried to explain to IT that my box at home with a $320 i7-3770k would run circles around any Xeon box they could afford, but this newish machine is still four times faster than the old dual-cpu machine I had.

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 957

                                                                                                    Number of Equations (490875) = N [490038]

                                                                                                    Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014 / SP4.0

                                                                                                    Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                    Computer Model = T3600

                                                                                                    Approx System Cost = $4500

                                                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 SP1 64 bit

                                                                                                    Graphics Card = nVidia K4000

                                                                                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                    CPU Model = Xeon E5-1650

                                                                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 3.2 GHz

                                                                                                    Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                    Number of Cores = 6

                                                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                    Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                                                                    RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                    RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 237 GB

                                                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM =

                                                                                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                      Ivan Collins

                                                                                                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 740

                                                                                                      Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP0

                                                                                                      Computer Manufacturer =home built

                                                                                                      Computer Model =

                                                                                                      Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                      Operating System and Service Pack =Windows 7 pro 64 bit

                                                                                                      Graphics Card =G-Force GTX5500ti

                                                                                                      CPU Brand =intel

                                                                                                      CPU Model =i5-2500k

                                                                                                      CPU Clock Speed =3.3

                                                                                                      Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                      Number of Cores =4

                                                                                                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = N

                                                                                                      Amount of RAM =16

                                                                                                      RAM Manufacturer =Corstar

                                                                                                      RAM Speed =

                                                                                                      Hard Drive = 250 GB

                                                                                                      Hard Drive Type and RPM = HDD

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      My computer seems pretty fast in comparison to some of these posted.  I ran it twice with the same results.  I double checked the step 3 and made sure it was checked.  We are wanting to build a faster machine and that machine that Owen Buttigieg posted seems pretty quick.  Why has no one posted a dual or even quad CPU AMD machine or any AMD machine for that matter?  We were looking into the water cooled i7 3930 overclocked versus dual AMD opterons water cooled and overclocked and by the numbers the AMD's seem like it could be a smoking fast machine.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Anyways this is my first post on the forums, been following and searching threads for a long time just never posted.

                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                        Ben Foley

                                                                                                        Hi all. Great thread.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        I've been taking a look at all of the simulations you've done so far in the hope of deriving specs for my new machine. I thought I'd post up my analysis which summarises the data and conclusions from the data available up until now.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        The first thing I noted is that solidworks 2013 is slower than solidworks 2012 for the same machine, so I scaled all the 2012 simulations to estimate how long they would take in 2013.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        After having an initial play, it seems the most important factor in simulation speed is CPU speed, so I graphed CPU speed vs the 2013 normalised simulation times.

                                                                                                        CPU Speed Comparison.png

                                                                                                        In the above plot, lower scores are better. You can see that CPU speed does have an effect though it's not spectacular.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        The next question I had was how many cores should I get. So, I normalised the simulation times to ignore processor speed (assuming an inverse linear relationship between CPU speed and simulation time), then plotted against the number of cores.

                                                                                                        Cores Comparison.png

                                                                                                        It seems pretty clear from the above graph that number of cores matters until you get to 6, after which there is no discernable advantage (though more data with 8 cores might disprove this).

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        I then looked at any correlations with RAM speed or quantity with essentially no relationship found, suggesting that provided you have the 16GB most had, the speed and quantity don't really matter (though with large assemblies I expect it would matter).

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        Conclusions:

                                                                                                        - CPU Speed is important.

                                                                                                        - Number of CPU Cores is important, but more than 6 is unnecessary.

                                                                                                        - Core 2 Duo's arent very good, but i5, i7 and Xeons are essentially equal.

                                                                                                        - Amount of RAM is not important (for the simulation at least).

                                                                                                        - Speed of RAM is not important.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        I'm using this to advise my boss on which components to focus money on and will post up test results when the new rig arrives.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        Excel sheet attached for those interested or wanting to extend the analysis.

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        I hope this helps someone in the future.

                                                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                            Ivan Collins

                                                                                                            How did you get a 8 core i7?

                                                                                                             

                                                                                                            Cool study, I have found this to be pretty accurate.  We just built a 4930 core i7 liquid cooled (4.6 ghz) setup and can get 351 second sim times on the benchmark study.  We haven't really even optimised our setup yet so I think we can pull some more.  Oddly enough when I updated my graphics card driver I picked up a couple seconds so that may be somewhat of a variable.  We have a W5000 AMD card.

                                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                              Jared Conway

                                                                                                              these are basically the same results presented in the solidworks KB as performed by solidworks.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              i'll add that something that makes a big difference is SSD.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              and for your comment about ram. if you've got a million GB of ram and your problem only uses 1GB, it won't help. but if you're paging, because your problem needs 8GB of ram, having the ram will help. speed of RAM won't help unless there is a serious delta between the speeds.

                                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                              Glenn Scully

                                                                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 1027 (17 min 7 secons)

                                                                                                              Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP4.0

                                                                                                              Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                              Computer Model = T3500

                                                                                                              Approx System Cost = ($700 used)

                                                                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 64 SP1

                                                                                                              Graphics Card = Nvdia Quadro FX-3800

                                                                                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                              CPU Model = Xeon W3540

                                                                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 2.93 Ghz

                                                                                                              Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                              Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                              Amount of RAM = 12GB

                                                                                                              RAM Manufacturer = Hynix

                                                                                                              RAM Speed = 1066

                                                                                                              Hard Drive Size = 180 Gb

                                                                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = Intel SSD

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              _____________________________________________________________

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              I'm trying to figure out if it is worth upgrading to Xeon W3680 (passmark 9,178) from my current Xeon W3540 (passmark 5,442). I noticed during the simulation my processor speed was around 30% usage most of the time.  The highest it went to was 50% and for the most part it is using all the cores on and off,  CPU 6 was parked the whole time.

                                                                                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                  Jared Conway

                                                                                                                  see previous discussions about processors. go with fastest individual core over multiple cores. if the new processor is faster than the old one from a core to core perspective, it is probably a worthy upgrade. but be weary that not all simulations respond the same to hardware improvements. this is well documented in the KB. Also i'd recommend having someone take a look at your problem setups if the solve time is what you're trying to reduce. Generally this is done through improved setup vs throwing hardware at it.

                                                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                    Bill Markert

                                                                                                                    One of the problems I see in this discussion is the old data concerning 2012 and 2013 Simulation.  I've run my i-7 3970x 3.5 Ghz machine across 2012 to 2014 SP2 and there is a big difference in the time the benchmark takes in the different versions.  The greatest increase in performance comes in 2014 and is do to much better multicore utilization by the software.  If memory serves 2012/2013 would only utilize 4 cores/8 threads and now 2014 utilizes all 6 cores/12 threads.  Major time reduction over 2013 which, if I recall correctly, was actually slower than 2012.  So if your running 2014 then the number of cores has a big impact, but I don't know what happens beyond 6 cores as that is all I have.  Next biggest impact is core speed.  I have overclocked my processor to 4.7 Ghz and I see significantly improved performance there.  I actually routinely run the processor over clocked at 4.2 Ghz as it is rock solid stable there and I have never had any problems.  I have also seen some small differences between the motherboard brands I've used but not enough to affect my work flow.  I believe that the Xeon series of 8 core processors can't be over clocked so you don't see the higher processor speeds which would impact your performance.  This may be the the cause of the slowdown you see in the data when your looking at the Xeon 8 core processors?

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    So if you have 2014 then I would recommend more cores with the fastest processor speed.  It gets pricey though so you have to work your budget against the time savings.  I would love to give a dual 2011 processor board with a couple of top of the line Xeons a test but that is way beyond my budget.  IT departments may not be happy with the overclocks, but some machines come from vendors that way these days. I'm very pleased with my machine as I spend less time on routine problems setting up the simulations as the set up can be less efficient since I can solve so much faster than I could a few years ago. My old core duo quad core machine took about 45 minuites for the benchmark vs about 7 on my one year old 3970x setup.

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    Not sure this has any impact on Glenn's question but is food for thought.  If he has access to 2014 he would pick up both the processor speed bump plus the additional core utilization.  I would expect the 2012 bump would mostly be from the processor speed increase only.

                                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                        Matthew Jackson

                                                                                                                        Hello Everyone,

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        For a comparision and a bit of fun, I have run the benchmark test using my new Macbook Pro.

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        I have run the following simulations:

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        I have solved the following FE models:

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        1. Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact
                                                                                                                        2. Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact
                                                                                                                        3. Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact
                                                                                                                        4. Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact
                                                                                                                        5. Large Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact
                                                                                                                        6. Lage Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        My machine details are:

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP2

                                                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Apple

                                                                                                                        Computer Model = 15": 2.3 GHz with Retina Display

                                                                                                                        Approx System Cost = £2,200

                                                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = OS X Mavericks & Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Bootcamp)

                                                                                                                        Graphics Card = NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDRR5

                                                                                                                        CPU Brand = INTEL Quad-core

                                                                                                                        CPU Model = i7

                                                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost to 3.5 GHz

                                                                                                                        Cooing Type = Air

                                                                                                                        Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 16GB

                                                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                        RAM Speed = 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM

                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 512 GB

                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Results are:

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Iterative Solver Surface to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 8 min 39 sec

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Iterative Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 8 min 26 sec

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 13 min 35 sec

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 10 min 26 sec

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Large Sparse Solver Surface to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 10 min 50 sec


                                                                                                                        Large Sparse Solver Node to Surface Contact

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time = 10 min 54 sec

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        I also posted my old office PC solve times above on the 23rd April 2013, this PC has since 'packed in' as becuase it was overclocked so much it was very tempremental.

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        I think this gives a good comparision.


                                                                                                                        Thanks

                                                                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                          Glenn Scully

                                                                                                                          Bill,

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                          That's great information on the imporvements that have been made in 2014 for utilizing multiple cores more efficiently.  I tried out solidworks 2014 for a comparison on the same machine  my time when from 17 minutes to 10 minutes.  I can't believe the boost that 2014 gave it really makes good use of the 4 cores 8 threads that I currently have.  The processor was at 80%+ for the majority of the simulation.

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 615 (10 min 15 secons)

                                                                                                                          Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                                                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP2.0

                                                                                                                          Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                          Computer Model = T3500

                                                                                                                          Approx System Cost = ($700 used)

                                                                                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 64 SP1

                                                                                                                          Graphics Card = Nvdia Quadro FX-3800

                                                                                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                          CPU Model = Xeon W3540

                                                                                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 2.93 Ghz

                                                                                                                          Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                          Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                          Amount of RAM = 12GB

                                                                                                                          RAM Manufacturer = Hynix

                                                                                                                          RAM Speed = 1066

                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Size = 180 Gb

                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = Intel SSD

                                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                        Loke-Fong Koh

                                                                                                                        Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 688(11 min 28s)

                                                                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014 x64/SP1.0

                                                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                        Computer Model = Precision T5600

                                                                                                                        Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                                                        Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro 5000

                                                                                                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                        CPU Model = Xeon(R) CPU E5-2665 (Eight Core, 2.40 GHz Turbo, 20MB, 8.0 GT/s) - 2 processors

                                                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 2.4 GHz

                                                                                                                        Cooling Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                        Number of Cores = 8

                                                                                                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                        RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 256 GB

                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                          Vittorio Villani

                                                                                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 685

                                                                                                                          Number of Equations (490875) = 490038

                                                                                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014 x64/SP2.0

                                                                                                                          Computer Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                          Computer Model =

                                                                                                                          Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 8.1

                                                                                                                          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K6000

                                                                                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                          CPU Model = Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 - 2 CPUs

                                                                                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 2.7 - 3.0 Ghz during benchmark

                                                                                                                          Cooling Type = Watercooling

                                                                                                                          Number of Cores = 2x8 (32 with HT)

                                                                                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                          Amount of RAM = 4x8Gbyte (not optimal, 8 modules required for Quad Channel)

                                                                                                                          RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                          RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Size = 500Mbyte

                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD RAID0 (2*Samsung EVO)

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                          I had the opportunity to test this dual Xeon workstation based on an Asus Z9PE-D8 WS. CPU, motherboard and the K6000 are watercooled.

                                                                                                                          Hopefully I'll test a dual 2687W Xeon configuration in the next days.

                                                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                              Vittorio Villani

                                                                                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 570

                                                                                                                              Number of Equations (490875) = 490038

                                                                                                                              Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014 x64/SP2.0

                                                                                                                              Computer Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                              Computer Model =

                                                                                                                              Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 8.1

                                                                                                                              Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K6000

                                                                                                                              CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                              CPU Model = Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W - 2 CPUs

                                                                                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 3.1 - 3.8 Ghz during benchmark

                                                                                                                              Cooling Type = Watercooling

                                                                                                                              Number of Cores = 2x8 (32 with HT)

                                                                                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                              Amount of RAM = 4x8Gbyte (not optimal, 8 modules required for Quad Channel)

                                                                                                                              RAM Manufacturer =

                                                                                                                              RAM Speed = 1600 MHz

                                                                                                                              Hard Drive Size = 500Mbyte

                                                                                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD RAID0 (2*Samsung EVO)

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              I have noticed that SolidWorks 2014 is using more cores and CPU power but we are far from optimal, other software benefit from this configuration a lot more.

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              I think that the best SolidWorkstaion right now should be based on an i7 4960x. Regarding the VGA is better not to talk about how useless is a Quadro K6000 with SW...

                                                                                                                            • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                              Will Seeber

                                                                                                                              Total Mesh Time (sec) = 15 sec

                                                                                                                              Total Solution Time (sec) = 458 sec (7.6 minutes)

                                                                                                                              SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP2

                                                                                                                              Computer Manufacturer =Boxx

                                                                                                                              Computer Model = 4920 Xtreme

                                                                                                                              Approx System Cost = $5,200

                                                                                                                              Operating System and Service Pack = 7 Pro 64 bit

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              Graphics Card = Quadro 2000

                                                                                                                              CPU Brand = INTEL

                                                                                                                              CPU Model = i7-4960X Processor Extreme Edition

                                                                                                                              CPU Clock Speed = 4.6

                                                                                                                              Cooing Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                                                                              Number of Cores = 6

                                                                                                                              Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                              Amount of RAM = 24

                                                                                                                              RAM Manufacturer = Don't Know

                                                                                                                              RAM Speed = 1600

                                                                                                                              Hard Drive Size = 240

                                                                                                                              Hard Drive Type and RPM = Intel 730 Extreme, SSD

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              I am curious.  Compare this with the post by Owen Buttigieg 10/8/2013.  These machines should be similarly fast, but Owens is considerably faster.  The biggest difference that I see  is that he has a Quadro 4000 and I have a Quadro 2000.  The video card should make no difference.  We compared a 600 and the 2000 and found nearly identical performance for an FEA solution.

                                                                                                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                  Will Seeber

                                                                                                                                  Concerning Buttigieg results that are faster than ours.

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                      

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  T O T A L   S O L U T I O N   T I M E (sec) . . . . =     363

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  These are the the results he posted from the output file.

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                       

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =     1847682

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      430890

                                                                                                                                     NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      620114

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  These are our results.  It appears he may have used a courser mesh.  This would mean the results are not really comparable.

                                                                                                                                • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                  Phil Perlich

                                                                                                                                  I got a new machine last week. Here are the results this time around:

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  Total Solution Time (sec) = 623 sec (10 min, 23 sec)

                                                                                                                                  Number of Equations (490875) = No, 490038

                                                                                                                                  Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                  SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP2.0

                                                                                                                                  Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                                  Computer Model = T5610

                                                                                                                                  Approx System Cost =

                                                                                                                                  Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Pro SP1

                                                                                                                                  Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro K4000

                                                                                                                                  CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                  CPU Model = Xeon E5-2630 v2

                                                                                                                                  CPU Clock Speed = 2.6 GHz

                                                                                                                                  Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                                  Number of Cores = (2) 6-core processors

                                                                                                                                  Hyper-Threading Enabled? = No?

                                                                                                                                  Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                                                                                  RAM Manufacturer = ?

                                                                                                                                  RAM Speed = ?

                                                                                                                                  Hard Drive Size = D: = 238 GB (SSD only used for SW); C: 224 GB (Disk used for everything else)

                                                                                                                                  Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD; disk speed ?

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  EDIT: Forgot to attach the .OUT file

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  Message was edited by: Phil Perlich

                                                                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                    Shaun Galloway

                                                                                                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 625

                                                                                                                                    Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                    Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP3

                                                                                                                                    Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                                    Computer Model = M6700

                                                                                                                                    Approx System Cost = £2000

                                                                                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1.0

                                                                                                                                    Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro K3000M

                                                                                                                                    CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                    CPU Model = i7-3740QM

                                                                                                                                    CPU Clock Speed = 2.7GHz

                                                                                                                                    Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                                    Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                    Amount of RAM = 16Gb

                                                                                                                                    RAM Manufacturer = NANYA TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                                                    RAM Speed = 1600

                                                                                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 256GB SAMSUNG SM841

                                                                                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                    Misc Notes:

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                    Using direct sparse, with all other settings the same, gave a solution time of 1066s.

                                                                                                                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                      Eric Andersen

                                                                                                                                      Got a new workstation!

                                                                                                                                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 1119

                                                                                                                                      Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2013/SP2

                                                                                                                                      Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                                      Computer Model = T3610

                                                                                                                                      Approx System Cost = $2000

                                                                                                                                      Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1.0

                                                                                                                                      Graphics Card = AMD FirePro W5000 (4GB)

                                                                                                                                      CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                      CPU Model = Xeon E5-1620 v2

                                                                                                                                      CPU Clock Speed = 3.70 GHz

                                                                                                                                      Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                                      Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                      Amount of RAM = 16Gb

                                                                                                                                      RAM Manufacturer = OEM

                                                                                                                                      RAM Speed = 1600

                                                                                                                                      Hard Drive Size = 1 TB

                                                                                                                                      Hard Drive Type and RPM = 7200 RPM

                                                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                        Andrew Francisco

                                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 662

                                                                                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP0

                                                                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer =Custom (Me)

                                                                                                                                        Computer Model = n/a

                                                                                                                                        Approx System Cost = ~ $1200

                                                                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Ultimate S.P 1

                                                                                                                                        Graphics Card = AMD FirePro w5000 2GB

                                                                                                                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                        CPU Model = 2700k

                                                                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 4.5ghz

                                                                                                                                        Cooing Type = Air Cooled (Cooler Master 212 Hyper Evo)

                                                                                                                                        Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 16gb

                                                                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                                                                                        RAM Speed = 1600mhz DDR3

                                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 240gb

                                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = 2x Agility 3 SSD (Raid 0)

                                                                                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                            Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                                                                            Ok I have a new workstation,

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Haswell-E 8-Core LGA 2011-3 3.0GHz CPU Processor

                                                                                                                                            ASUS X99-DELUXE Intel LGA 2011-3 ATX Motherboard

                                                                                                                                            NVIDIA Quadro 4000

                                                                                                                                            Corsair Hydro Series H110 Liquid CPU Cooler

                                                                                                                                            EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W G2 80 Plus Gold Modular Power Supply

                                                                                                                                            Crucial 8GB (1x 8GB) DDR4 2133MHz Desktop Memory CT8G4DFD8213

                                                                                                                                            Samsung 840 EVO 1tb

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            I have a stable overclock at 4.5Ghz. The temps are under 70 degC under full load for most of the cores.

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                              T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                       

                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            T O T A L   S O L U T I O N   T I M E (sec) . . . . =     329

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                            So not a great improvement. Mesh time was still 7 sec. There is definitely a increase in smoothness and general snappyness but that could also be the new installation of Windows.

                                                                                                                                              • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                                                                                Ok I have done some tweaking if anybody interested. I have a 125Mhz bus with a multiplier of 37 to achieve 4625Mhz. I did get a clock od 4.6 with a 100 bus but the performance did not change and the solution was slightly slower. It just made a little more heat and no gain. I also have the ram clocked at 1333Mhz for 2666Mhz. The ram I have is only good for 2133Mhz so I have adjusted the timings to 16,18,18,36 clocks which is quite stable. I am not having any temperature issues and it is currently 28degC in my office. I would probably expect and good result from the 5930k as well. Looking for ward to what other people can get. Also the cpu does throttle with the power saving during the analysis. I might even try switching all c states off and see what happens because the mesh creation is done at the base clock speed.

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                  T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                       

                                                                                                                                                   NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                                                                                   NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                                                                                   NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                T O T A L   S O L U T I O N   T I M E (sec) . . . . =     295

                                                                                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                    Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                                                                                    Ok,

                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                    Turning off all the power saving options resulted in a mesh time of 6 seconds and a solve time of 284 seconds. I did have one core hit 80 degC during the solve but most were below 70 and av was 60 degC. So I think for the average user the power saving options could be left on I know I certainly will to save on electricity. Have fun and if your not your own boss, beg borrow and steal for an upgrade. I think it will pay off for me because some of the models I solve take hours. 

                                                                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                        Jared Conway

                                                                                                                                                        how long do you think the CPU can survive at those speeds?

                                                                                                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                            Owen Buttigieg

                                                                                                                                                            How long will it last, I don't know. I have had my 3930k clocked at 4.6 for nearly 3 years and it hasn't missed a beat. I have power saving mode enabled so it is in idle mode most of the time. I just ran the same analysis with 6 cores and found that the solve time was not considerably different. It was actually slightly better.

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                              T O T A L  S Y S T E M  D A T A                       

                                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF EQUATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NEQ)  =      490038

                                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF ELEMENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUME) =      111897

                                                                                                                                                               NUMBER OF NODAL POINTS. . . . . . . . . . . . .(NUMNP)=      167686

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            T O T A L   S O L U T I O N   T I M E (sec) . . . . =     293

                                                                                                                                                  • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                    Nivil Thomas

                                                                                                                                                    Total Solution Time (sec) = 966 sec(16 min 6 sec)

                                                                                                                                                    Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                                    Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                                    SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP4

                                                                                                                                                    Computer Manufacturer =Custom

                                                                                                                                                    Computer Model =Custom    

                                                                                                                                                    Approx System Cost = $2100

                                                                                                                                                    Operating System and Service Pack = Win 7 Pro x64 SP1

                                                                                                                                                    Graphics Card = Nvidia Quadro K4000(320.78)

                                                                                                                                                    CPU Brand =Intel

                                                                                                                                                    CPU Model = i7-4770

                                                                                                                                                    CPU Clock Speed =3.4 GHz

                                                                                                                                                    Cooing Type = Air Cooled

                                                                                                                                                    Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                                                    Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                                    Amount of RAM = 16 GB

                                                                                                                                                    RAM Manufacturer = Kingston

                                                                                                                                                    RAM Speed =1600 MHz

                                                                                                                                                    Hard Drive Size = 128 GB Corsair Force GS SCSI

                                                                                                                                                    Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                                                    Misc Notes:

                                                                                                                                                    Gigabyte Z87-HD3 motherboard.

                                                                                                                                                    • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                      Dave Laban

                                                                                                                                                      Total Solution Time (sec) = 645

                                                                                                                                                      Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                                      Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                                      SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP3

                                                                                                                                                      Computer Manufacturer = HP

                                                                                                                                                      Computer Model = Z820

                                                                                                                                                      Approx System Cost = $Lots

                                                                                                                                                      Operating System and Service Pack = Win 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

                                                                                                                                                      Graphics Card = Nvidia Quadro K4000

                                                                                                                                                      CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                                      CPU Model = Xeon E5-2670 v2 x2

                                                                                                                                                      CPU Clock Speed = 2.50GHz

                                                                                                                                                      Cooing Type = Air

                                                                                                                                                      Number of Cores = 20 real (10 real per proc)

                                                                                                                                                      Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                                      Amount of RAM = 16Gb

                                                                                                                                                      RAM Manufacturer = Unknown

                                                                                                                                                      RAM Speed = Unknown

                                                                                                                                                      Hard Drive Size = 1TB

                                                                                                                                                      Hard Drive Type and RPM = Mechanical, 7200rpm

                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                      Will post again when my RAID SSD array gets installed, should make for an interesting comparison vs. the archaic 7200rpm drive.

                                                                                                                                                      • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                        Chris Ross

                                                                                                                                                        Just got in my new laptop.  Very pleased so far at its speed.

                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                        Total Solution Time (sec) = 402

                                                                                                                                                        Number of Equations (490875) = N (490038)

                                                                                                                                                        Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                                        SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2014/SP5

                                                                                                                                                        Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                                                        Computer Model = Precision M6800 Laptop

                                                                                                                                                        Approx System Cost = $5k

                                                                                                                                                        Operating System and Service Pack = Win 7 Professional x64 SP1

                                                                                                                                                        Graphics Card = Nvidia Quadro K5100M

                                                                                                                                                        CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                                        CPU Model = i7-4940MX

                                                                                                                                                        CPU Clock Speed = 3.1 GHz

                                                                                                                                                        Cooing Type = Air

                                                                                                                                                        Number of Cores = 4 real

                                                                                                                                                        Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                                        Amount of RAM = 32Gb

                                                                                                                                                        RAM Manufacturer = Unknown

                                                                                                                                                        RAM Speed = 1600MHz DDR3L

                                                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Size = 1TB

                                                                                                                                                        Hard Drive Type and RPM = Samsung SSD 850 Pro

                                                                                                                                                        • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                          Matt Langford

                                                                                                                                                          Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                          Total Solution Time (sec) = 201s

                                                                                                                                                          Number of Equations (490875) = Y

                                                                                                                                                          Active Contact Elements (28) = Y

                                                                                                                                                          SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2015/SP2.0

                                                                                                                                                          Computer Manufacturer = XI Computer

                                                                                                                                                          Computer Model = MTower

                                                                                                                                                          Approx System Cost = $4000

                                                                                                                                                          Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64/SP1

                                                                                                                                                          Graphics Card = nVidia Quadro K620

                                                                                                                                                          CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                                          CPU Model = i7 5960X

                                                                                                                                                          CPU Clock Speed = 4.08 GHz

                                                                                                                                                          Cooling Type = Liquid Cooled

                                                                                                                                                          Number of Cores = 8 physical

                                                                                                                                                          Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                                          Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                                                                                                          RAM Manufacturer = Corsair

                                                                                                                                                          RAM Speed = 2800 MHz

                                                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Size = 250 GB Samsung 850 EVO

                                                                                                                                                          Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                          Misc Notes: Runs in 217s with Hyperthreading Disabled

                                                                                                                                                          • Re: SolidWorks Simulation Benchmark V3
                                                                                                                                                            Edwin Michna

                                                                                                                                                            Simulation Benchmark V3 Results

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                            Total Solution Time (sec) = 860

                                                                                                                                                            Number of Equations (490875) = 490875

                                                                                                                                                            Active Contact Elements (28) = 28

                                                                                                                                                            SolidWorks Version and Service Pack = SW2012/SP5.0

                                                                                                                                                            Computer Manufacturer = Dell

                                                                                                                                                            Computer Model = M6600

                                                                                                                                                            Approx System Cost = ~$3500

                                                                                                                                                            Operating System and Service Pack = Windows 7 Professional x64 sp1.0

                                                                                                                                                            Graphics Card = NVIDIA Quadro 4000M

                                                                                                                                                            CPU Brand = Intel

                                                                                                                                                            CPU Model = i7-2860QM

                                                                                                                                                            CPU Clock Speed = 2.5 GHz

                                                                                                                                                            Cooling Type = air Cooled

                                                                                                                                                            Number of Cores = 4

                                                                                                                                                            Hyper-Threading Enabled? = Y

                                                                                                                                                            Amount of RAM = 32 GB

                                                                                                                                                            RAM Manufacturer = ?

                                                                                                                                                            RAM Speed = ? MHz

                                                                                                                                                            Hard Drive Size = 240 GB

                                                                                                                                                            Hard Drive Type and RPM = SSD

                                                                                                                                                            Misc Notes: Windows Ultra Performance power setting