AMD FirePro V3900: Pro Performance, Bargain Price

SpecViewPerf 11

SPECviewperf 11 is an industry standard, workstation-class, OpenGL performance benchmark. This software suite was released in June 2010 from the SPECgpc project group, and updated February 2011. It features a new GUI that accompanies the fully updated viewsets traced from newer versions of real world applications. The current iteration tests OpenGL performance in Lightwave, CATIA, EnSight, Maya, Pro/Engineer, SolidWorks, Siemens Teamcenter Visualization Mockup, and Siemens NX. Lightwave and Maya are both 3D rendering programs; the other software packages are used in CAD/CAM work.

SPECviewperf 11:
Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application

As you can see, the performance difference between the two cards varies depending on the application. Some tests, like the Pro/Engineer workload, show a 2% difference, while the V3900 is 47% faster than the V3800 in EnSight and 45% faster in Maya. The V3900 is an average of 21% faster than the V3800 in the entire SpecViewPerf 11 test set. The Radeon HD 6870 lags even the V3800 by a considerable margin, it's dead last in every benchmark save for EnSight-04, where it wins the test.

Now, let's consider performance in specific applications.

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