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Workstation Shootout: Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800

When we reviewed the previous generation of workstation cards, we were faced with an unsatisfying situation. Although Widows Vista had been on the market for quite a while at that point, we were forced to fall back on Windows XP for testing. After consulting with several contacts in the CAD sector, the reason became clear, though. Due to instability and security concerns, only very few professionals were willing to make the switch to Windows Vista. Over the past year, this situation has changed.

Windows 7 has received a much warmer welcome than Vista. On top of that, most professional users are making the big switch, upgrading not only to Microsoft’s newest OS but choosing its 64-bit version at the same time. This promises better performance, as well as improved memory management.

At any rate, we‘re quite happy to move our OpenGL test platform to the new OS so that we’ll be using the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Enterprise in this review. There are already some scripts for 64-bit apps available for download at, although they seem to be appearing only very slowly.

System Hardware
CPUIntel Core i7-965 Extreme
MotherboardAsus P6T (rev 1.01G) with Intel X58 Chipset
System Memory (RAM)6 GB (3 x 2 GB) Corsair DDR3 1600 MHz @ 8-8-8-24
Optical Drive
Samsung SH-D163A , SATA 1.5 Gb/s
Power Supply
Zalman, ATX 2.01, 510 W
Hard Drive
Western Digital WD1500ADFD 150 GB
System Software And Tests
Operating System
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
DirectXDirectX 11.0
Intel Chipset Software
ATI FirePro Driver
Catalyst 8.723
Nvidia Quadro DriverQuadro 258.98
SPEC Benchmark Settings
Application settings according to SPEC Project Group Rules, driver using application optimizations if available 
SPEC Benchmarks Being Used
SPECViewperf 11
SPECapc Autodesk Maya 2009  v1.0
SPECapc Newtek LightWave 9.6
SPECapc Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9 1.2
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