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GPU Performance Chart

by Dreamer

"The screen is a window through which one sees a virtual world.
The challenge is to make that world look real,
act real, sound real, feel real."

Ivan Sutherland

Here, we are going to talk about a different class of graphics cards that are intended not for gaming needs, but for serious work. Basically, there are two type of professional solutions offered in the mobile market at the moment. First of them are business cards, compatible with the latest business applications, which main purpose is to offer a reliable hardware and software platform for a stable business environment. The second category, which is the main target of this guide, are workstation cards turned to professional markets for industrial design, CAD and engineering, digital content creation, animation and special effects.

Business Graphics Cards

Business video cards are designed for professional 2D applications such as:
General Purpose Business and Corporate
Financial Trading
They are optimized for clearer image quality and better performance in highest resolutions and have different features for smooth video playback. The business cards pass rigorous compatibility testing with all major financial and corporate applications. Moreover, they are fully compliant with professional OpenGL and DirectX applications.

Performance Chart

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Workstation Graphics Cards

The workstation graphics cards are optimized and certified for professional 3D applications such as:
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)
Mechanical Computer-Aided Design (MCAD)
Digital Content Creation (DCC)
Non-Linear Video Editing (NLE)
Visualization Applications
They are targeted primarily at OpenGL professional applications and have special 3D OpenGL accelerated drivers built for maximum image quality and pixel precision and specifically optimized for the corresponding software applications. Moreover, workstation cards have hardware accelerated features such as Antialiased Points and Lines, OpenGL Logic Operations, Clip Regions, Clip Planes etc., which are otherwise done in software (handled by the CPU) on consumer cards. Also they support Two-sided Lightning, Hardware Overlay Planes, Quad buffered stereo. Hardware accelerated features along with driver and memory management optimizations result in improved performance over consumer card in workstation applications. Other that that, all professional hardware and software from the graphics card makers is certified by the 3D application developers to ensure that they will work impeccably in these tasks. These cards are usually announced as ISV certified when ISV stands for Independent Software Vendor.

The systems that have workstation cards can similarly be certified by ISVs, and the certification software vendors provide assures consumers that the programs a workstation has been certified for will run effectively on those machines. In other words, the system must be stable and fast enough to perform all of the tasks require by the application and to be free of compatibility-based errors and bugs and deliver high performance workstation graphics environment on both Windows and Linux platforms.

ISV Certified Mobile Workstations
* Models in black feature Santa Rosa Chipset and DirectX 10 compilant graphics cards

ThinkPad T60p (ATI Mobility FireGL V5250)

ThinkPad T61p (NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M*)
* Version with a 64 bit memory interface, different from the 15.4" models
Dell Precision M2300 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M)

Dell Precision M65 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 350M)
ThinkPad Z61p (ATI Mobility FireGL V5200)
ThinkPad T60p (15/15.4) (ATI Mobility FireGL V5250)
HP Compaq nw8440 (ATI Mobility FireGL V5200)
Fujitsu Siemens CELSIUS H240 (ATI Mobility FireGL V5200)

Dell Precision M4300 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 360M)
ThinkPad T61p (NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M)
HP Compaq 8510w (NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M/ATI Mobility FireGL V5600)
Fujitsu Siemens CELSIUS H250 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M)

HP Compaq nw9440 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M)
Dell Precision M90 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M/2500M/3500M)

HP Compaq 8710w (NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M)
Dell Precision M6300 (NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M and 2600M/3600M when released)

Performance Chart

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Additional information

A few words about gaming performance

Even though workstation graphics cards use the same cores as consumer cards, they still differ from the gaming solutions. These cards need "pure" performance such as texturing speed and triangle processing instead of funky visualization technologies which are popular in the latest 3D games. Their gaming performance with the professional drivers is usually relatively worse compared to the performance of the consumer cards. Some of the newest games may have compatibility issues with these cards due to the fact that the professional drivers are meant to be stable and they are not updated as often as the regular ones.

However, if consumer drivers are installed on workstation or business cards instead of professional, then they should have similar gaming performance as consumer cards assuming that they are clocked similarly and have the same amount/type of dedicated memory.

Synthetic Benchmarks

Workstations cards need specific OpenGL benchmarks designed to evaluate their performance in different kinds of professional applications. The most popular of them is called SPECviewperf, which runs a number of viewsets that come from the ISVs themselves and are focused on popular high-end CAD/CAM, visualization and digital content creation applications.
I can't see images, can you fix the links for them?
did you just copy/paste an complete article just to gain points?

anyways if you really want GPU charts chck them out here
He copy pasted it, how lame, just type it in Google and you'll see, its from
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