We all know that gaming and workstation graphics cards employ the same hardware, differentiated by slight tweaks, drivers, and validation. We also know desktop cards usually perform awfully in professional apps. Does the reverse hold true as well?
This isn't a title you can play, but it may help serve as a predictor of performance for titles unaffected by AMD's or Nvidia's marketing programs, which often emphasize vendor-specific features. I recommend keeping these numbers in mind for later. You'll find that they show 3DMark 11 as a decent benchmark of a graphics card's theoretical performance, since both companies optimize their drivers for it, even if it isn't representative of any real-world game.
Surprisingly, the AMD FirePro W7000 beats the W8000. The other numbers end up where we'd expect them to. But the results get more interesting on the next page as we look at another synthetic benchmark and one graphics card that posts surprising numbers.
- Can Workstation Graphics Cards Play Games?
- Results: 3DMark 11
- Results: Unigine Heaven
- Results: Unigine Sanctuary
- DirectX 9 Results: Mafia II
- DirectX 9 Results: Crysis 2
- DirectX 11 Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- DirectX 11 Results: Metro 2033
- DirectX 11 Results: Crysis 2
- DirectX 11 Results: Batman: Arkham City
- DirectX 11 Results: DiRT 3
- DirectX 11 Results: StarCraft II
- DirectX 11 Results: Battlefield 3
- Cumulative Performance Index
- FirePro W9000 And W7000 Do Well; FirePro W8000 Disappoints