CPU Hardware Reviews

CPU Charts 2017 / 2018 – Workstation Performance (Part 2)

Here and now we deal with workstation performance in CAD (real-time display). We cover gaming performance, rendering, and pure compute in other parts of these CPU charts:Part 1 - Gaming... Since AutoCAD can only scale very poorly (3D) to not (2D) over several threads, the available clock and thus of course also the height of the achievable IPC counts here. Intel is clearly ahead of the way, even if AMD is doing well with the Ryzen CPUs. Solidworks and Creo are also not exactly known for high thread scaling in display mode, even if, of course, individual modules demand computing power in computing and rendering. But since today it is only a case of the representational... The two OpenGL classics also benefit from the clock and from a good mid-range CPU, whether from Intel or AMD, the performance is sufficient to very good. All three programs are true core scorners in 3D real-time output, but in turn scale with the beat. For the evaluation in the (semi-) professional, there are certainly much more diversified depending on the software solution(s). Requirement profiles. Nevertheless, one can consider a certain tendency, the AMD's Ryzen certainly potential.

Here and now we deal with workstation performance in CAD (real-time display). We cover gaming performance, rendering, and pure compute in other parts of these CPU charts:

Whether 2D or 3D output – the requirements in the (semi-) professional field are very diverse. Depending on the standard software used or the program suites, you will come across very long-lasting software products with an often multi-year usage cycle. This also means that many (older) programs are more likely to (still) rely on a high IPC and hardly scale properly over many threads, or in return also perform calculations in parallel, the load of which is so high that in the case of incorrectly used CPUs, the performance of the graphics output suffers disproportionately.

For many areas, it no longer necessarily has to be an Intel Xeon, because often the consumer version is enough if you can do without ECC RAM. With the budget thus saved, there is almost always more room for manoeuvre for the graphics hardware.

The test setup

We have already described the test methodology in the basic article "How we test graphics cards, as of February 2017" in great detail and so we now only refer to this detailed description for the sake of simplicity. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. 

In this case, only the hardware configuration with CPU, RAM, motherboard, as well as the new cooling is different, so that the summary in table form quickly gives a brief overview of the system used here and today:

Test systems and measuring rooms
AMD Socket AM4
MSI X370 Tomahawk
2x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

AMD Socket SP3 (TR4)
Asis X399 ROG Zenith Extreme
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

AMD Socket AM3+
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
2x 8 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133

Intel Socket 1151 (Z370):

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3600 RGB

Intel Socket 1151 (Z270):
MSI Z270 Gaming 7
2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200-2666 MHz

Intel Socket 2066
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

Intel Socket 2011v3:
Intel Core i7-6900K
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
4x 4 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-2400

All systems:
GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (Gaming)
Nvidia Quadro P6000 (Workstation)

1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
4x 1050 GByte Crucial MX 300 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)

Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
direct voltage measurement at the shunts, the respective feeders and the power supply
Reading out the motherboard sensors
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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