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SPECworkstation® 3.1 Benchmark

The SPECworkstation® 3.1 benchmark, released on March 17, 2021, measures all key aspects of workstation performance based on diverse professional applications

The SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark includes more than 30 workloads containing nearly 140 tests that exercise CPU, graphics, I/O and memory bandwidth. The updates in version 3.1 offer significant improvements in how workloads partition and distribute threads across multi-core CPUs, expand support for next generation GPUs, and add features such as vectorization that leverage advanced CPU hardware to accelerate performance.

SPECworkstation 3.1 runs under Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit RS3 or later. Results from version 3.1 are not comparable to those from previous versions of the SPECworkstation benchmark, including SPECworkstation v3.0.x versions.

The SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark is free for everyone but sellers of computers and related products that are not SPEC/GWPG members; these sellers are required to purchase a $5,000 vendor license.

 

Free license for the SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark

This is available to everyone but sellers of computers and related products.



Vendor license for the SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark

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Key updates in the SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark include:

  • Improved thread partitioning and distribution for high thread count machines
  • Improved support for latest generation GPUs
  • Improved vector instruction support for CPUs
  • Reduced free disk space requirement for storage test to 100GB

Running the benchmark

More than 30 workloads containing nearly 140 tests in the SPECworkstation 3.1 benchmark exercise CPU, graphics, I/O and memory bandwidth. The workloads are divided by application categories that include media and entertainment (3D animation, rendering), product development (CAD/CAM/CAE), life sciences (medical, molecular), financial services, energy (oil and gas), general operations, and GPU compute.

Individual scores are generated for each test and a composite score for each category is calculated based on a reference machine, yielding a "bigger is better" result. The reference machine is a Z240 tower with the following configuration:

Processor: Intel E3-1240 v5 @3.5GHz
Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro WX3100
Memory: 16GB, DDR3 2133MHz
Storage: SanDisk 512GB SSD
OS: MS Windows 10 build 17134

Benchmark documentation

Workload descriptions

Run rules

Results