NVIDIA Unleashes Quadro 6000 and 5000 Series GPUs

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SiSoft SANDRA 2010

SiSoft SANDRA 2010
GPU Number Crunching


SiSoft SANDRA is an information and diagnostic utility. It provides useful information about your hardware, software, and other installed devices. SANDRA gives you the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low level. The SiSoftware GPGPU processing benchmark performs single- and double-precision floating point arithmetic on the GPU and the results are reported in pixels/s, i.e. how many pixels can be computed in 1 second.

GPGPU processing with NVIDIA's CUDA techology gives us an idea of the performance potential within these cards. For example, the Quadro 6000 shows a 42% performance increase from the Quadro 5000 graphics card.

The graphs above displays Compute Shader processing along with the memory bandwidth performance associated with it. Compute Shader is a new programmable shader stage introduced with DirectX 11 that expands Direct3D beyond just graphics programming. Since both NVIDIA and ATI camps support it, we ran the test on every videocard we used in this article. As you can see, the Quadro models show considerable performance separation between them, but trail the FirePro cards by a wide margin in these tests.

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