SPECviewperf 11: Pro/ENGINEER
This benchmark caters to the strengths of Nvidia’s Quadro cards. AMD’s FirePro cards just can’t keep up. The W8000 performs worse than we'd expect starting with 4x anti-aliasing. We were able to reproduce these numbers, so it’s probably a driver issue.
I bet most professionals wont touch these cards until atleast 3-4 driver revisions. These cards are newer, and perform worse than competitions older.
2. Also, how do the consumer cards perform on these pro softwares ?
in the end I'm glad to see that AMD graphic section is trying to make an effort, not like the their proc section..
So depending on what you use it for, it may very well be a great choice.
Yes, this is a brand new architecture and yes, performance improvements will continue to be made with subsequent driver optimizations.
AFAIK, its not possible now to BIOS mod a regular 7970 into a W9000. AMD and Nvidia have become smarter.