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Old 09-02-10, 09:00 AM   #1
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Post Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800

Tom's Hardware takes the new NVidia Quadro 5000 out for a spin and puts it up against the ATI FirePro V8800 to see who wins in the workstation space. The results are no surprise, especially if you paid attention to our earlier review.
Looking at our benchmark results, it's clear which card comes out on top: Nvidia's Quadro 5000 is superior to AMD's FirePro V8800 in almost every benchmark, usually by a clear margin. Based on their mainstream equivalents, we wouldn't have expected such a great performance disparity between these two graphics boards. After all, AMD's offering is built on an excellent modern design, though it seems to have trouble living up to its performance potential in a workstation environment.

Indeed, we don't think that it's the hardware to blame. After all, the Radeon HD 5870 is faster than the GeForce GTX 465. Rather, it's AMD's driver at fault. While they are stable, they are apparently not very well optimized yet, holding the V8800 back. This isn't just the case compared to Nvidia's current flagship. The V8800 should have been able to outpace its own predecessor by a much larger margin. AMD's best approach would be to commit more resources to its driver team to rectify the situation.

Workstation Shootout: Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800 : Introduction.

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