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All Workstation Graphics 2012

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Workstation graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia aren’t exactly cheap, but unbeatable for professional 3D. AMD’s FirePro and Nvidia’s Quadro families compete in an ongoing race for best hardware as well as the best driver support. Compared to consumer graphics cards, driver support is what makes the largest difference in terms of features, and it’s the reason why these cards cost noticeably more. We focus on benchmarks that do not favor one or the other vendor, and we tried to use software that is publicly accessible. Our benchmarking focuses on the various anti-aliasing modes, but we only select AA modes that are available on both architectures for the sake of comparison. This time we also add OpenCL benchmarks, as this standard has a good perspective to replace proprietary standards. All tests are executed on our workstation reference system. It’s based on dual AMD Opteron 4238 processors with 6 cores and 3.3 GHz each. These are cooled by Noctua NH-U12DO coolers. The system is based on an Asus KCMA-D8 motherboard and 32 GB DDR3-1333 ECC memory from Kingston. Antec provided a P280 case and a High Current Pro 850 W power supply.

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