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3D Studio MAX Benchmark Standardization
Added on: Mon Aug 07 2000
Page: 1 3 4 

System Preparation

Preparing a system for benchmarking is as important as running the benchmark itself. Fragmented Hard Drives, disk errors, registry clutter, and background applications can effect your systems performance substantially. The following system preparations insure a good performance outcome.

Optimal:
  -For true 100% realistic performance, format all your drives, install a fresh copy of Windows NT Workstation 4, Service Pack 6a, and 3d Studio Max R3.
  -Run Benchmarks.

Normal:
  -Perform routine disk maintenance. (Defrag, Disk Doctor).
  -Verify you have the latest updates to your OS (Service pack 6a, etc.).
  -Close all currently running applications.
  -Go to task manager and stop any processes that arent essential for system stability.
  -Run Benchmarks

Running the Benchmarks

To achieve optimum benchmark results, Max must be setup to render various scenes at different resolutions.
These resolutions reflect real world situations, and provide an overall low to high load on the system. Three resolution presets will be used for these benchmarks. They are as follows:

Film 2048x1536
Web 1024x768
TV 720x486

Each resolution represents a different aspect of the graphics industry. The Film resolution was chosen from an informal poll taken from a group of renown 3d artists from the 3D Studio Max Forum. The Tv resolution is NTSC or the format used in the United States. Though Pal is higher in resolution and quality, I chose NTSC cause it provided
a better lower end benchmark.
The Web resolution was chosen as a mid-ground between the other two resolutions and
is more of a misc resolution then web based. Setting up max to render is extremely easy.


First open the scene that you will be benchmarking. (File-Open) Dont touch any part of the scene or any of the viewports while setting up the render. Doing so may effect which part of the scene is rendered, and will skew results.
Click on the render tab at the top toolbar and then the render properties box. (Light Blue). Make sure that the render is set at single frame, and adjust the render resolution by clicking on the render resolution tab (Green).
Here you can choose NTSC, FILM, and CUSTOM resolutions. After choosing the type of resolution, click on the resolution sizes(Orange) to choose the correct one. (35 1.33:1 Full Aperture cine 2048x1536 for Film, NTSC (TV) 720x486 for TV, and Custom 1024x768 for Web) After these settings correct, click on render at the bottom of the main render dialog box. Then wait patiently.*



 
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