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?
DirectX 11: Metro 2033
The FirePro W9000 falls back a bit at low resolutions. AMD's FirePro W7000 surprisingly manages to place right behind the W9000 at higher quality settings.
Even more surprisingly, the otherwise unremarkable AMD FirePro V7900 beats Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680. This isn’t bad for an older GPU from the previous generation. The FirePro W7000 gets some help from its 4 GB of GDDR5 memory at high resolutions. AMD's FirePro V7900 has no such luck.
Once again, the Tahiti-based FirePro W8000 surprises us by totally failing to perform. It even does worse than the lower-end FirePro V5900 at our most demanding settings. We ran the test on a second system because we couldn't explain the poor performance, but came up with similar 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