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AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, And R7 260X: Old GPUs, New Names

OpenGL: Maya 2013 And LightWave

Maya 2013

Two scenes that don’t employ the new Viewport 2.0 with DirectX support illustrate the disadvantages of consumer cards compared to workstation hardware cards as soon as OpenGL comes into play. The FirePro and Quadro drivers are simply better-optimized. But especially in the second scene, you also see that a GeForce GTX 580 does well, so long as the workload is right for it.


LightWave wrecks consumer cards as well. You can certainly use the R9 and R7 cards to mess with mid-sized models that aren’t too complex, but a workstation card is clearly a better option.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.