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We all know that gaming and workstation graphics cards employ the same hardware, differentiated by slight tweaks, drivers, and validation. We also know desktop cards usually perform awfully in professional apps. Does the reverse hold true as well?

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Hmm... Little to no difference between the two.

I'll just go with whatever gives me the best deal. rolleyes.gif
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Sure they may be able to play games but the price/performance ratio is horrible compared to regular cards.
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Sweet, so when I next upgrade, I'll just get the W9000 instead of the 7970, kill 2 birds with one stone.

Oh wait, what's that? I could buy 6 7970's, throw 2 in my current system, plus design an entire system around the other 4?

I'm gonna take what's behind door #2. thumb.gif
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This review was absolutely pointless.
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This review was absolutely pointless.

False.
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Once you guys calm down, you'll realize these benchmarks were done out of curiosity. They are not trying to seduce you into getting a workstation gpu for games.
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Once you guys calm down, you'll realize these benchmarks were done out of curiosity. They are not trying to seduce you into getting a workstation gpu for games.

What are you talking about, this is OCN 2.0, you're supposed to get frothing mad over everything.
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Sure they may be able to play games but the price/performance ratio is horrible compared to regular cards.

Not if you can get research grants or your boss to pay for the hardware! thumb.gif
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This review was absolutely pointless.

False.

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Once you guys calm down, you'll realize these benchmarks were done out of curiosity. They are not trying to seduce you into getting a workstation gpu for games.

I concur. It is an interesting topic. For people who need the performance in professional applications but want to use the same machine for a little gaming, it's good to know that GPU makers can deliver a practically no compromise product. The hardware is fundamentally the same, after all, and you're paying a premium, why couldn't the GPU makers include the game optimizations in the package ? As long as it doesn't affect the performance and reliability in the professional applications, it's good marketing from the point of view that you don't need two separate computers to perform different tasks. This will only be of practical interest to a minority, but I admit I was curious too, and I also have no need or intention to buy a professional level GPU. But again, getting the curiosity satisfied is worth an article, it's not that they are going to do a series of these articles regularly.
 
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