by Rob Williams on February 14, 2017 in Graphics & Displays
NVIDIA’s latest and greatest-ever workstation graphics card has arrived: Quadro P6000. This top-tier card is built around NVIDIA’s Pascal architecture, which is produced on a 16nm FinFET process. The card boasts an impressive 3,840 CUDA cores, and not to mention 24GB of super-fast GDDR5X. Let’s check it out.
Gaming is generally not a big focus for professional GPU lines, but the fact of the matter is, they can game.
That especially applies to the top-tier cards on the market, as they all perform similarly to the top-tier gaming cards from the same vendor of the same generation.
So what’s the caveat with gaming on workstation cards? A lack of game-specific optimizations.
While on the GeForce or Radeon (non-Pro) side, the companies constantly roll out updates that improve general performance in gaming or performance specific to one title, Quadro and Radeon Pro drivers don’t have such granularity where gaming’s concerned.
To get a quick gauge on the performance of our workstation GPU collection in gaming, we use Futuremark’s 3DMark and Unigine’s Heaven.
According to these gaming benchmarks, the Quadro P6000 is about 60~64% faster than the M6000. I would not be surprised if select scenarios would exhibit even greater gains, and this is something I plan to evaluate more in a couple of months as we look to overhaul our test suite.