Blender Open Data

I’ve used several benchmark software to compare computer hardware especially nvidia GPU cards used for cuda programming.  One good free benchmark software is Maxon CineBench    , another is Unigine Haven


Here are surprising results generated from the new Blender Benchmark under its Blender Open data website program.

Quick summary/my findings:

  • less render time running Linux [LinumMint] than under Windows 10 [all things turned off], same hardware
  • SSD’s help

Linux run: Workstation with GTX1080 8Gb, GTX970 4Gb, 32Gb RAM, Quad core Intel processor. No SSD

Same hardware as above but run under Windows 10

Ran on same hardware, only using the GTX1080 8Gb , under Linuxmint – impressive resuly showing in my view and from cuda/nvidia research l did that the 4Gb of the 2nd graphics card limits the performance.



Home PC #2  Results below, newer PC, no SSD, 2 x GTX560Ti

Below results from Alienware 17 [4 years old] with Samsung Evo 500Gb SSD, GTX860M

Linuxmint 18.1 – Cuda 9.1 Toolkit

Updating to the latest cuda development toolkit on Linuxmint 18.1 [with a GTX 1080+970]


Reference links:

First, update to R390 Driver

Terminal commands

sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1704-9-1-local_9.1.85-1_amd64.deb

sudo apt-key add /var/cuda-repo-9-1-local/

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cuda


ZCash mining – using GTX1080 GTX970 Stats


GTX1080 at about 80 degrees C – and doing 474 Sol/s

GTX970 at aboyt 56 degrees C – and doing 275 Sol/s

OS – Linuxmint


NVIDIA CUDA 8 with LinuxMint

Notes, screenshots and results using, installing, testing Nvidia Cuda on Linuxmint 18.1

“CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).


Additional Notes:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install simplescreenrecorder


Tests done on my custom built Workstation PC as well as Alienware 17 laptop – all GPU specs below.

Quick comparisons [not the focus of this post]  :):

  • Puget systems laptop, with a GTX 980M 8Gb  – 91 billion int./sec, 1819 Gflops
  • My Alienware 17 with a GTX 860M 2Gb – 43.3 b.i.p.s, 866 Gflops
  • My workstation with a GTX 970 4Gb -> 146 b.i.p.s, 2919 GFlops.

Screenshots in no particular order.


Below result from Puget Systems test on their laptop, for comparison

Below my results