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How Well Do Workstation Graphics Cards Play Games?

Results: 3DMark 11

3DMark 11

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.