John "Tool" Fiegener
Head-to-Head Versus The Competition
SPEC Solidworks Benchmark 98
I chose to
run only the graphics portion of the Spec Solidworks
Benchmark to eliminate any performance variables based
on the CPU.
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The Gloria II clearly dominates on the Solidworks test
as well as out performing the GVX1 and the GMX easily.
I have yet to see an impact from the GMX that would
justify the additional cost. When you look at GVX1,
the GMX pails in comparison, especially when you add
in the cost factor. The Gloria II excels at shaded
display and rotation. If you're like me and shaded
rotation is key, then the Gloria II is the card of
choice. I noticed flawless rotation even at the
highest detail setting in Solidworks and a shade level
of 10 in Pro/E. The Gloria II has yet to meet its
Viewperf is a series of tests using segments of the
actual application. The test performs sub routines of
each application then calculates a benchmark based on
the performance of the CPU, video card and the weight
of the individual test. The four test perfomed are
DesignReview Viewset (DRV-06, Data Explorer
(DX-05), Advanced Visualizer (AWadvs-03),
Lightscape-03 and Pro/CDRS.
Here are the results...
Once again the Gloria
II was clearly superior, especially in the Awadvs
(Visualizer) test. The Gloria II was almost 50 percent
faster than the GVX1 in the Pro/CDRS category, which
is good news to me as this is an application I favor.
It is clear that the Gloria II benefits from the
ability to process 50 Gflops compared to the meager 3
of the GVX1 and GMX 2000. Even with 96 Megs of memory,
the GMX performs badly compared to the Goria II or
The Quadro is an
amazing breath of fresh air to the professional video
card circuit. To see a card appear from the gaming
market that clearly has shaken the big "professional
card vendors" can only be better for the industry.
Elsa's Gloria II is and outstanding card for MCAD
applications and delivers the greatest performance for
the dollar. It would be interesting to see how the
Quadro compares to the GeForce DDR with 64 megs. If
that GeForce can perform at 75% the capacity of the
Quadro for 1/3 the price than there really would be no
line between the professional video cards and gaming
The Elsa Gloria II
Quadro is a dynamite addition to the professional
video card market. It will be interesting to see the
flow of new products from the established vendors in
this arena to compete with Quadro. The Quadro deserves
a stellar 9 on the heat meter only shy from a perfect
score because I could see little difference between
the Quadro and the GeForce DDR 64 except the price.
We're giving the Elsa
Gloria II a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of...
John "Tool" Fiegener
Product Design and Development
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