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AMD FirePro V8800 Review - Evergreen and Cypress Go Pro

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: AMD
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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.

 
AMD FirePro V8800

AMD FirePro V8700

   

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800


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 V8700 1GB

NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 1.5GB

Video
Drivers

 NVIDIA Quadro 197.03

AMD FirePro 8.702

Power Supply PC
Power and Cooling 1000 watt

DirectX
Version

DX11/ DX10

/ DX9c / OpenGL

Operating
System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

For our comparison we will be looking at how the new FirePro V8800 ($1499) compares with the previous generation high-end professional graphics card, the V8700 ($875) as well as NVIDIA's currently comparable option, the Quadro FX 4800 ($1449)

CineBench 10 and 11


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

While both CB10 and CB11 pit the V8800 and the Quadro FX 4800 in a close
race, AMD claims that its drivers haven't been fully tested and
completed on the Cinema 4D rendering engine, the same used in the latest
11.5 iteration of our benchmark here.  They told us that the
next driver release coming in the next 30 days or so would drastically
improve performance in that case and our benchmark results would go up
by as much as 20% - we'll have to wait and see there.

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