NVIDIA Unleashes Quadro 6000 and 5000 Series GPUs

Testbed and Cinebench R11.5

HOW WE CONFIGURED THE TEST SYSTEM: In order to provide comparable results, each graphics card was installed on the same, high end X58 based test system. The components we used consisted of an EVGA Classified motherboard, Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor, and 6GB of OCZ Blade memory. Within the BIOS, we configured the processor to an overclocked speed of 4.38GHz and memory to 1857MHz. These settings will minimize the occurrences of performance bottlenecks during benchmark runs and allow the graphics cards to show their true potential. Furthermore, our Crucial M225 solid state drive entered the testing process with a clean copy of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed. Once installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest drivers and applications relevant to the review article.

HotHardware's Test System
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition
Overclocked 4.38GHz

EVGA Classified 760 Motherboard
X58 Express Chipset

NVIDIA Quadro 6000
NVIDIA Quadro 5000
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800
ATI FirePro V8800
ATI FirePro V8750
ATI FirePro V7800
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
ATI Radeon HD 5970
ATI Radeon HD 5870

6GB OCZ Blade DDR3-1857
(3 X 2GB) 7-8-7-20 1T

Crucial M225 128GB SSD
Firmware 1916

Dell 3008WFP LCD Monitor
2560 x 1600

Relevant Software:

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
NVIDIA Quadro Driver Release 258.98
ATI Catalyst Display Driver 8.762

Benchmarks Used:
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
SPEC Viewperf R11 64-bit
SiSoft SANDRA 2010 64-bit


Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Synthetic OpenGL Rendering Performance

Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. The benchmark goes through a series of tests that measures the performance of the graphics card under real world circumstances. Within Cinebench, graphics card testing makes use of a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase which measures the performance in OpenGL mode. Results are given in frames per second; the higher the number, the faster the graphics card. 

Cinebench OpenGL testing reveals similar performance between the Quadro 6000 and 5000 videocards. Looking at the rest of the scores, its apparent that ATI has optimized their drivers for this particular benchmark, while NVIDIA has yet to do so. As new drivers are released, we expect to see Cinebench scores of the Quardo cards increase. 

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