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SPECapc Releases New 3ds Max 2015 Benchmark

Latest Version Includes Performance Tests for New Graphics Functionality Within Autodesk's Popular 3D Animation Application

GAINESVILLE, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/13/14 -- SPEC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) group has released a new benchmark reflecting the updated graphics functionality in Autodesk 3ds Max 2015. The announcement was made in conjunction with SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 contains 48 tests for comprehensive measurement of modeling, interactive graphics, visual effects, CPU and GPU performance.

Features in the latest SPECapc benchmark are keyed to upgrades in 3ds Max 2015, including new DirectX 11 shaders and vector maps, Nitrous viewport enhancements, and new dynamics and visual effects. The benchmark also improves run-to-run consistency and results reporting.

"We're pleased to offer objective, rigorous and repeatable performance evaluation software to the worldwide 3ds Max community," says Allen Jensen, SPECapc chair. "We believe SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 will help vendors improve the performance of their systems running this application and give users a valuable tool to assess and optimize configuration options."

Free downloading for non-commercial users

SPECapc for 3ds Max 2015 is available for immediate download under a two-tiered pricing structure: free for non-commercial users and $2,500 for commercial entities. Commercial entities are defined as organizations using the benchmark for the purpose of marketing, developing, testing, consulting for and/or selling computers, computer services, graphics devices, drivers or other systems in the computer marketplace.

SPEC/GWPG members also receive the benchmark at no cost. Current SPEC/GWPG members are AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo, NEC and NVIDIA.

About SPEC

SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 100 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.

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