Fellow Solidworks users. A new improved version of this benchmark is
now available. It has been tuned to run as fast as possible on either
2004 or 2005 and to be less dependent on your system or graphics card.
My results for an Athlon XP2000+ with 1Gb RAM and 500XGL graphics card
(3) 2.04 s
(4) 8.09 s
(5) 75.02 s
(3) 2.32 s
(4) 8.83 s
(5) 79.23 s
Make sure you set TOOLS/REFERENCES
If running on 2004 make sure SolidWorks2004TypeLib is checked.
If running on 2005 make sure SolidWorks2005 TypeLib is checked.
On an Athlon64 FX53, 2Gb, Nvidia FX3000
(3) 0.71 s
(4) 2.43 s
(5) 39.0 s
On a 650MHz PIII, ATI Rage graphics 392Mb RAM (Laptop)
(3) 5.22 s
(4) 22.0 s
I'm still getting wildly varieing times. The average is
3 .90 sec
4 4.5 sec
5 42 sec
Dual Opteron 246
MSI K8T master FAR
When you said "make sure" tools/references was set to whatever, did you mean
turn off 2004 if your running 2005 and vise versa ??? Or just check to make
sure they're there ??
When you turn either of them off, the macro doesn't work.
I noticed the variation too. Possible explanations:
1. The Timer() function is used which measures real time elapsed. If
there are other processes that run while STAR is running that can
effect the time. Don't touch the mouse rule applies.
2. There really is a variation within SW that I can't explain. That
seems less likely unless there is some kind of garbage collection going
on in the background.
You shouldn't need the 2004 type library with 2005. Run it from the VB
editor after you make the change. It seems to need a kick ITB to get
My humble results - from a system that is
slightly antique by today's standards:
1Gb PC133 RAM
Nvidia Quadro2 Pro
3) 2.85 s
4) 13.35 s
5) 104.35 s
My system isn't quite in the same league as yours, but not too far
behind. Two sets of times:
(3) 1.47 & 1.58
(4) 5.47 & 5.14
(5) 42.11 & 41.51
Mobo: MSI K8N Neo 2 Platinum
CPU: Athlon 64 3500+
Video: Quadro FX-1100
Ram: 1 Gb PC3200
OS: Win 2K SP4
HD: 2x WD Raptor 74Gb SATA, in striped array
SWX: 2005 SP1.1
Mark and Rich,
First off, I misremembered my level 4 results for the FX53 as I posted
(3) .69, .71 s
(4) 3.87, 4.03, 4.43 s for three runs.
(5) 37.09 s
(3) .64, .81 s
(4) 3.43, 3.45 s
(5) 33.99 s
I think scatter is normal, especially for the shorter runs.
Have a good look at what is running in the background. Virus checker,
services, network traffic.
I don't have a virus checker running for this test and I trimmed
services per the blackviper list. I am on a network switch so I don't
see other network traffic. Even email should be shut down. My task
list only has 28 processes running including SW.
I will say it again that the timer times real time, so if some other
process grabs a few clock cycles during the test it will show up in the
My results for this version. I have never disabled anything to change my
results, I run just as I run through the day - network attached, AV on, etc.
(2) 0.61 s
(3) 1.63 s
(4) 6.75 s
(5) 68.58 s
I don't really know why my home machine is so fast. My work machine is
virtually identical, except for more memory, and it's slower as well.
The only thing I can think of is that I have full control over the machine
set up at home, and it doesn't have any unnecessary junk running on it. I
also set up my machine at work, but I have alot more stuff running.
That still doesn't explain why your system is running at half speed, which
is what it seems like. Check the BIOS and make sure the chips are clocked
right. The 246 should be clocked at 2ghz.
What mother board are you using ?? There aren't many dual Opteron boards.
Some, like the Tyan, won't let you mess with the CPU clock, but should
report the frequency.
I get :
AMD Opteron 246 (two off)
Internal Clock 1994.60MHz
System Clcok 199.46MHz
System bus 199.46MHz
L1 cache 64K
L2 cache 1024K
L2 Speed 1994.60MHz
Chipset 1022-7451.01, 1022-7468-05
Host Bridge vendor 1022, device 7451, rev 01, sub 534D108E, AMD 8131
Soutch Bridge vendor 1022, device 7468, rev 05, sub 534D108E, AMD 8111
It's a Sun system, their own? not sure
Not much running in background, but i did notice the disk keeps chugging
away and very noisey. its a Seagate ST373307LW SCSI Ultra 320
Any other ideas?
The other thing to consider is that STAR measures real time, not just
the CPU time devoted to running the benchmark. This means it will
account for any slowdowns due to running other processes concurrently.
This is, I suppose a good thing. AFAIK there isn't an easy way to time
just a process like in the 'NIXes.
To prove this do a level 4 and continuously move the mouse while
running. You should see a higher value than when running without
BlackViper has a list of services you can shut down to speed up your
system. Unfortunately it appears to be down.
Those numbers look correct. I ran the same utility on mine and got
similar,(a couple of ticks faster 2004 mhz). My system uses a Via chipset
instead of AMD. This doesn't come close to explaining the descrepancy
though.Those are very good drives, I have a set on the server in my home
office. The disk thrashing could be caused by fragmented, corrupted, or too
small page file. I have 2gb of physical memory, and have my page file set
at 1.5gb. The normal windows install usually sets the page equal to the
physical memory. This probably won't affect the test either as it only uses
It could be something in the Bios is disabled (L2 cache maybe) ???
Tell ya what, I'll make some jpegs of all the screens from WCPUID and email
them to you. You can compare them with your system.