Vue d'Esprit 3.1 Benchmark

For more information about the benchmark, please read steves message below.
After checking your results, please type them in the database at the Vue d'Esprit egroup:
(the link will open a popup so that the results aren't lost when you click on the link)
Database

Type the render times (the fields "Secs and "Result" are calculated automatically) in the boxes.
Click on the field "Benchmark" to calculate the result !

Final, Screen:h ' " Secs: Result 1:
Final, Disk:h ' " Secs: Result 2:
Ultra, screen:h ' " Secs: Result 3:

Benchmark:



I hope you like this little script.
The whole file was writen with Arachnophilia (i.e. source code only!).

Michael

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Here's the current table from the database (Sorted by Benchmark results):

Table Description:  Post the benchmark of your computer here. There scene to render is: "Cactus Motel", in 800x450.

Name CPU type (e.g. P3/Athlon) CPU speed (MHz) RAM (MB) Motherboard/Hard disk/Video Card OS Screen, Final Disk, Final Screen, Ultra Benchmark \/
Steve (2)  P2  400  256  Microstar MS6119 ATX BX2/?/Guillemot Xentor 32 2X AGP, 32 megs  ME  00h35'50"  00h38'16"  02h59'18"  100 
Michael Wagner  Athlon  600  128  ?/IBM 10 GB + IBM 16 GB/Voodoo 3 3000  98  00h19'20"  00h21'26"  01h39'18"  181 
fleymen  Athlon  700  128  Erazor III /?/?  98  00h16'45"  00h16'39"  01h21'59"  221 
Steve (1)  P3  1000  256  Dell Intel 815E/WD IDE/KDS Nvidia TNT2 M64, 4X AGP, 32 MB RAM  ME  00h13'59"  00h13"17"  01h08'25"  269 
Massimo maria Ghisalberti  Dual PIII  600  256  Supermicro PIIIDM3/IBM U2W/Quantum UATA66/ATI FURY PRO 32mb  2000  00h11'00''  00h12'50''  00h54'53''  317 


----- original message by Steve ---------

Hi Everyone,

I'm inviting everyone here to participate in a test to compare the Vue render speeds on their various computer systems. To do this, I'd like everyone to render a stock scene on their system and report the results as well as the specifics of your system (CPU type and speed, amount and type of RAM, Video card, Operating System, etc.)

The scene I chose is "Cactus Motel". I chose it because it has 5 lights, 153 objects and 2,348,318 polygons, which should give our systems a thorough workout. It also has a lot of busyness to the bit map and should push the antialiasing pretty hard. I chose 800x450 as the resolution because everyone here should be able to render to screen with at least 800x600 resolution. Any higher and some people may not be able to participate. I did 3 tests: Final Render to screen, Final Render to disk, and Ultra render to screen.

This test has already been performed on 3 computers. The first computer which I will use as a benchmark is a Tigerdirect Pentium II 400 on a Microstar MS6119 ATX BX2 main board with 256 meg of PC100 SDRAM, and a Guillemot Xentor 32 2X AGP video card, running Windows ME. Other system will be rated as percentages of the benchmark render times. Half as fast would get a rating of 50. Twice as fast would get a rating of 200. Just as fast would get a rating of 100, and so on.

The benchmark numbers for the test are as follows:

Final to screen: 35 minutes, 50 seconds
Final to disk: 38 minutes, 16 seconds
Ultra to screen: 2 hours, 59 minutes, 18 seconds
Average rating: 100

The first system to be test against these numbers is my new Dell Pentium III 1 GHz with 256 megs of PC133 SDRAM and an Nvidia TNT2 M64 with 32 megs of RAM, running on Windows ME.

Here are its Cactus Motel render ratings:

Final to screen - 13 minutes, 59 seconds.
Final to disk - 13 minutes, 17 seconds.
Ultra to screen - 1 hour, 8 minutes, 25 seconds.
Average rating: 269

The other system that has been tested so far is an Athlon Thunderbird 700 Mhz, 128 MB RAM, Elsa Erazor III Graphics Adapter, running Win98 SR1.

Here are its Cactus Motel render ratings:

Final to screen - 16 minutes, 45 seconds.
Final to disk - 16 minutes, 39 seconds.
Ultra to screen - 1 hour, 21 minutes, 59 seconds
Average rating: 221

For those of you who don't know how to load the "Cactus Motel" scene: From the "File" menu in Vue3, choose, "Open". Click on the Collection titled, "More Samples". Double click on the first scene in the first row. The scene should load. From the "Picture" menu, choose, "Render Options". Switch the Render quality to, "Final", the render destination to, "Screen" and the picture size and resolution to 800x450. Click "OK" and allow the scene to render completely, including antialiasing. Make note of the total render time. Go back to Render Options and check the "Render to disk" box. Render to whatever folder you wish, but make sure the file format is "BMP" (I don't know if compressed files take loner or not) Make sure the color depth is 16 million. Click "OK" and render. For the last render, uncheck the "Render to disk" box and switch the render quality to "Ultra".

I encourage anyone who has the time to participate in this test as it may be a guide to people wishing to upgrade their systems and will give us a further understanding of what components affect render time the most.

I look forward to your input.

-Steve