Testing Methodology, System Setup and CineBench 11/10
Testing professional graphics board is a much different beast that our reviews on consumer graphics solutions that focus nearly completely on gaming.  The user interested in a Quadro or FirePro card MIGHT be curious how the card performs in gaming, but in reality the decision to buy a card of this cost is based on other application performance: 3D modeling, CAD and design tools. 

By far the most interesting tests for us with this kind of product are the SPEC series of benchmarks.  SPECviewperf has long been a staple for evaluating professional level application performance and the newest version enables us to test a multitude of results.  Applications like Maya, 3D Studio Max, SolidWorks and UGS NX are simulated as are several others; the benchmark allows us to easily test how the graphics cards help in scaling with multisampling as well as multi-threaded processing. 

Also, we have included the OpenGL portion of the CineBench 10 and 11 rendering benchmark and even given 3DMark Vantage a whirl for those of you really interested in how 2GB of frame buffer affects performance.
 

Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core i7-965

Motherboards

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution

Memory 

Corsair 3 x 2GB DDR3-1333

Hard Drive

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB

Sound Card

on-board

Video Card

AMD FirePro V8800 2GB
AMD Firepro V7800 2GB
AMD FirePro V5800 1GB
AMD FirePro V4800 1GB
AMD FirePro V3800 512MB
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800 1GB
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 1GB

Video Drivers

 NVIDIA Quadro 197.54
AMD FirePro 8.723.6
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling 1000 watt

DirectX Version

DX11/ DX10 / DX9c / OpenGL

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


In our tests you will see a set of results for each differentiating between the two different pricing windows.  One set will compare the FirePro V8800 and V7800 to the V5800 and the Quadro FX 3800 while the second set of graphs will show the V3800, V4800, V5800 and the FX 3700. 


CineBench 10 and 11


This rendering benchmark based off of the Cinema 4D engine is a terrific indicator for multi-threaded processing.

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The CineBench 10 results are still fairly even across the board but we are starting to see the differences in the various cards’ performance with the results from CineBench 11.  The V7800 doesn’t appear to be much faster than the V5800 though the new V4800 makes a noticeable leap over the results from the much lower priced V3800.

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