Our SPECapcSW testing was a
more conclusive with respect to the power behind the
Quadro4 900 XGL.
2001Plus? and the conclusion
Where things get
Even with more
than twice the RAM of the two Elsa Gloria II and the Geforce
2 Ultra, the 900 XGL was just not a differentiator, with
respect to IO and CPU testing. That's no real surprise
because these two tests are much more system bandwidth
limited than anything else. However, the Quadro4 900
XGL claimed victory hands down against the competition
in the graphics tests and overall. This is to be
expected but we were really hoping to see less of a horse
race versus the GVX1 card. The 900 XGL is more than 2
generations ahead of the other cards in this competition and
certainly at a higher price tag,
coming in at around $1000 or so in our HotHardware CNet
price search engine.
Although were somewhat
disappointed with results of this card, compared with
technology that we've have had in the lab for two years now,
we must admit that the 900XGL did out perform every other
card in the office. Its the degree of which it "out
performed" that has us a little perplexed. We really
expected the PNY Quadro 4 900 XGL to dominate in all
categories. We were completely surprised by the results and
performed the tests multiple times only to draw the same
conclusion. Will we see better Professional Graphics
performance with future driver releases? That
certainly is a possibility but it remains to be seen.
It also would be interesting see how this top of the line
NVIDIA offering compares with some of the other leading
edger cards in professional MCAD arena, like the 3D Labs
For now, we're giving the PNY
Quadro 4 900XGL a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...
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