So I'm building these new workstations for my office to combat the ever-increasing modeling pig. I like to do it myself so I know exactly what to expect and exactly how they'll perform and to control costs down to the penny. It came time to run benchmarks... now mind you, any of these numbers will look damn fast and I'm very excited about that. That's the idea behind new hardware. But what I'd like you to notice is the difference between the versions... Hmmm.... it confirms my benchmark postings of the past. Solidworks slows down 5-10% with every new release. Now apparently with every SP also :) Since 2003 SP2.0 seems to come and go maybe this is shooting fish in barrel; so be it, I didn't post it, they did :)
Workstation Hardware: Athlon64 3200+ running on MSI K8T Neo Motherboards430W Antec True PS 1Gb DDR400 Ram, 2 sticks of 512Mb SATA Raid-0, 2 drives for 120Gb total Nvidia QuadroFX-1000 (got a really good deal on them)
Software: All tests performed usingSolidworks 2003 benchmark "standard set" - lower numbers are better, all results in seconds. The first tests used 2003 SP3.0 (right from the CD). The 2004 tests were performed by batch converting all the SW files and then repairing the few that 2004 complained about after the conversion. Once all files were opening, rebuilding, and closing without errors, the benchmarks were run again. Then, finally, SP2.0 was installed and the benchmarks were run yet again. At least three runs for each benchmark. High and low scores tossed out. This is about as fair as a benchmark can be. For a little math: if you do 35 hours of work per week, SW2004 adds up to about an additional 3.5 hours per week or 42 mins per day compared to 2003 to do the same tasks. That is, unless they fix their resource hogging slow-downs.
SW2003 SP3.0122 Total Seconds 18 Graphics 64 Processor 40 I/O
SW2004 SP0.0128 Total Seconds 20 Graphics 62 Processor 46 I/O
SW2004 SP2.0135 Total Seconds 21 Graphics 63 Processor 51 I/O