Ship in a Bottle Benchmark on a Gaming Machine

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Nick Connors, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. Nick Connors

    Nick Connors Guest

    I just built a new machine for home and was interested how it could
    handle SolidWorks. I ran the ship in a bottle benchmark and received
    decent results (36 seconds for 50 rebuilds). I also checked the
    performance on our usual assembly (130 MB, 914 parts-134 unique, lots
    of ext refs) and it seems to do quite well also. Here's the specs on
    the new machine ($1000).

    Asus P4C800E Deluxe MB
    P4 2.8 Ghz (overclocked to 3.08)
    1 GB DDR 3200 400 Mhz ECC (System bus overclocked from 200 to 220)
    Gainward GForce FX 5900 (128 MB, core clock OCd from 400 to 425, mem
    OCd from 850 to 900)
    Serial ATA 120 GB HDD (Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM, 8 MB cache, not
    running any raid)
    SW 2004 SP0.0

    I haven't noticed any clipping or any other graphical problems in SW.
    I'm running the nVidia driver. Card seems to stack up fairly
    well and only costs $230, and can handle the latest games as well
    (3DMark03 scores around 6000).


    Nick Connors, Jan 19, 2004
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    Eddy Hicks Guest

    Athlon64.... you'll like it Mike! :)

    Just don't be surprised when you can't get all three ddr400 modules to work,
    or if the mobo clocks them down to do it. Memory is still the downside to
    AMD. unless you're talking Athlon64-FX (or Opteron)... but they have their
    sensitivities too.

    With Athlon64 3200/3400+, you're better off running three ddr333 modules or
    two ddr400 modules. I've been around the block with this, testing MSI and
    Gigabyte mobos and you can email me for details. But in a nutshell, there's
    a banking limitation and with larger modules, like 512Mb, you'll hit the
    limit with two ddr400. The MSI would never pass the tests with all 3
    ddr400, even when clocked way down, and even with an experimental bios
    update they emailed me. The Gigabyte could only post with three ddr400 if
    the bios was set to auto and allowed to clock them waaaay down (not good).
    Have fun and let's compare! I posted my Athlon64 results the first week of
    Jan. They kick butt!

    - Eddy

    Eddy Hicks, Jan 19, 2004
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    Jay Guest

    If SolidWorks keeps it up, we'll have to start calling it SolidWaste or
    SolidWait :)

    Mike, what kind of video card are you going to get? Anyone try a fx5900 or
    fx9950 with a softquadro patch? Wondering if it works?

    I am planning on upgrading to a Athon64, but am thinking on putting it off
    for a bit. Sounds like the socket 940 motherboards are the way of future
    and everything else is going to be obsolete pretty fast. Been reading So I might wait a bit till the prices come down on the
    940's and the memory issues settle down.

    Jay, Jan 19, 2004
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    Jay Guest

    Jay, Jan 19, 2004
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    Eddy Hicks Guest

    I know what they *say* but they all seem to be having a problem exceeding
    the bank limitation. Some of them are more sneaky about it and underclock
    the ram without telling you. Fare enough if you know who they are. A good
    vote for Asus is that they did really well overall in the compatibility
    tests done by tomshardware. I didn't try Asus as I was tired of spending
    money at that point, and I rarely believe tomshardware anymore anyway. I
    cut my losses and figured Asus must also be doing some trickery to get it to
    work - if in fact it does work. Remember, I haven't seen any website yet
    test for over 2gb of ram, or more than two 512mb modules at a time. I got
    very frustrated there for awhile looking.

    Remember that to AMD ddr400 is a very touchy topic. Stability at ddr333 is
    solid but the faster the ram the more sensitive things get to brand, part
    number, matching, etc.

    And you won't find reasonably priced single sided ddr400 512mb modules;
    apparently they don't exist. DDR400 1Gb modules are available and should
    work two at a time but... exceedingly expensive!!

    I bought 2gb of ddr333 registered ram (1gb each) for our new Opteron server
    and they cost way less than plain ecc ddr400 1gb modules. Apparently this
    stuff gets defined largely by the gaming market, which currently is happy
    buying 512mb modules, one or two at a time.

    So, my point... either three ddr333 modules (up to 2gb) -or- two ddr400
    (certainly 1gb and maybe up to 2gb) would work great. I'm sure the
    difference to the *pig* (SW) is negligible anyway. I chose to go 1gb ddr400
    and the payoff was huge. Next year I figure we'll be doing new systems
    again or all the sensitivity stuff will have been figured out through bios
    updates. If not, 1gb ddr400 modules might be affordable by then :)


    - Eddy

    Eddy Hicks, Jan 19, 2004
  6. Nick Connors

    Eddy Hicks Guest

    And I could swear that in all my research I saw that Asus could pack in 3gb
    but only ddr333? Am I remembering correctly?

    - Eddy

    Eddy Hicks, Jan 19, 2004
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