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Mobile Graphics Cards for Professional Users (AMD FirePro, NVIDA Quadro)

Professional GPUs such as the AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro lineup differ from their consumer variants in that they offer workstation class performance and are certified to work with industry-specific software that benefit from high GPU computations. In the following editorial we will take a closer look at some of the notebooks based on FirePro and Quadro GPUs and understand what factors should be considered before deciding on a purchase.

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Introduction

AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro

Mobile workstations come with professional-grade GPUs that are cut out for performing several compute intensive tasks unlike a consumer grade GPU. Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certification coupled with round the clock support, make professional GPUs a no-brainer for content creators, researchers, architects, and explorers. AMD and NVIDIA have traditionally maintained distinct consumer and professional GPU lines. While the underlying GPU belongs to the same generation as the consumer version, the professional variants undergo rigorous testing and validation to ensure they meet the needs of the industry. Unlike consumer GPUs, professional GPUs need not be of the latest iteration as long as they are able to get the job done. In this article, let us take a look at some of recent workstation notebooks offering professional GPUs and see how they compare to help you make a buying decision.

Consumer vs Professional GPUs

NVIDIA Quadro P5000.
NVIDIA Quadro P5000.
AMD FirePro W7170 MXM.
AMD FirePro W7170 MXM.

First up, let us get to know how professional GPUs are different from the consumer variants. At the core GPU level, there is not much difference. For example, both the NVIDIA Quadro P5000 and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) use the same GP104 GPU. Similarly, on the AMD camp, we have the AMD FirePro W7170M and the Radeon R9 M390X, which are based on the same Tonga-based GCN 1.2 chip. While NVIDIA already has Pascal-based Quadros in the market, AMD is still yet to debut Vega-based FirePro GPUs. There are, however, Vega-based Radeon Pro GPUs available for desktop workstations.

Dassault SolidWorks runs almost exclusively on pro GPUs. (Source: AMD Radeon)
Dassault SolidWorks runs almost exclusively on pro GPUs. (Source: AMD Radeon)
Autodesk 3D Studio Max is a highly GPU-intensive application. (Source: JFL Media)
Autodesk 3D Studio Max is a highly GPU-intensive application. (Source: JFL Media)

So, if they are based on the same underlying architecture, why the segmentation into pro and consumer? Professional GPUs are certified by ISVs to play well with their software. Many times, drivers for such GPUs are written with the exact software in mind and have a slower release cadence than consumer drivers. These GPUs also contain instructions in the BIOS that enable specific GPU functions not found in consumer models. Also, they are certified to last long under extreme use and usually have a higher memory capacity to handle large datasets. For example. the Quadro P5000 supports up to 16 GB GDDR5 ECC RAM wheras its consumer variant, the GTX 1070 (Laptop), supports only up to 8 GB GDDR5 non-ECC RAM. Pro GPUs are also capable of double precision floating point operations, which are important for simulations and modeling workflows. Vendor support for pro GPUs is also a notch higher than the consumer variants. Therefore, these GPUs are priced relatively higher than their consumer counterparts.

Consumer graphic cards on the other hand are geared towards gaming and rendering pipelines and may or may not optimally perform well with certain specialized applications. They are generally restricted to single precision floating point operations. Thus, while a pro GPU will usually take time to render the scene without any missing detail, consumer GPUs can override some of the render operations in the interest of higher frame rates resulting in viewport glitches. Drivers for consumer GPUs are released much faster and are optimized towards newly released games.

Performance

Many of the professional suites depend more on the OpenGL API than on DirectX. We ran both OpenGL and DirectX benchmarks to see how the professional GPUs stack up against each other. SPECviewperf is a benchmark that tests both OpenGL and DirectX capabilities of the GPUs. Depending on the viewsets, SPECviewperf will automatically select the required API and run the benchmark. One should note that even a lower end pro GPU optimized for OpenGL has the potential to beat high end gaming GPUs in OpenGL-optimized software.

One should also note that the results can easily vary even with minimal configuration changes. Also, synthetic benchmark results only serve to tell the overall performance of each GPU. The real-world suitability of the workstation notebook for a particular workflow needs to be evaluated before purchasing. Needless to say, performance is hugely dependent on the power management functions of the notebook; in other words, expect low scores on battery power. Often, vendors release tailor made driver updates for specific ISV software, therefore, that is also a variable to be aware of.

SPECviewperf 11 & 12

We use the benchmarks SPECviewperf 11 and 12 to determine the performance in professional 3D scenarios. It covers the sectors of CAD, 3D design, 3D visualization, oil and gas exploration as well as medical imaging.

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Siemens NX (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
56.65 fps ∼40%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
56.48 fps ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
51.16 fps ∼36%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
49.48 fps ∼35%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
48.26 fps ∼34%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
36.47 fps ∼26%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
43.93 fps ∼31%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
28.74 fps ∼20%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
37.9 fps ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
31.28 fps ∼22%
1920x1080 Tcvis (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
53.43 fps ∼89%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
52.55 fps ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
50.6 fps ∼85%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
52.86 fps ∼89%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
49.11 fps ∼82%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
26.97 fps ∼45%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
44.2 fps ∼74%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
23.36 fps ∼39%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
40.35 fps ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
35.81 fps ∼60%
1920x1080 SolidWorks (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
56.94 fps ∼69%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
55.55 fps ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
54.36 fps ∼66%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
56.8 fps ∼69%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
42.66 fps ∼52%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
59.33 fps ∼72%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
56.44 fps ∼68%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
51.18 fps ∼62%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
50.13 fps ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
43.69 fps ∼53%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
21.62 fps ∼90%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
20.8 fps ∼87%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
19.51 fps ∼81%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
22.18 fps ∼92%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
16.23 fps ∼68%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
8.26 fps ∼34%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
21.96 fps ∼92%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
8.71 fps ∼36%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
20.19 fps ∼84%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
16.84 fps ∼70%
1920x1080 Maya (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
57.89 fps ∼44%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
57.87 fps ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
57.62 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
57.67 fps ∼44%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
56.57 fps ∼43%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
78.51 fps ∼59%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
57.22 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
65.46 fps ∼49%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
55.41 fps ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
50.76 fps ∼38%
1920x1080 Lightwave (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
58.2 fps ∼62%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
57.65 fps ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
56.35 fps ∼60%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
57.49 fps ∼62%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
47.95 fps ∼51%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
75.7 fps ∼81%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
57.82 fps ∼62%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
67.54 fps ∼72%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
54.85 fps ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
48.34 fps ∼52%
1920x1080 Ensight (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
59.34 fps ∼28%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
59.34 fps ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
59.26 fps ∼28%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
58.49 fps ∼28%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
55.72 fps ∼27%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
26.32 fps ∼13%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
46.74 fps ∼22%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
21.09 fps ∼10%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
32.63 fps ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
24.78 fps ∼12%
1920x1080 Catia (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
51.72 fps ∼63%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
50.65 fps ∼62%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
50.34 fps ∼61%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
52.67 fps ∼64%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
48.49 fps ∼59%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
35.37 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
53.35 fps ∼65%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
29.61 fps ∼36%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
51.54 fps ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
40.53 fps ∼49%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
166.24 fps ∼78%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
164.95 fps ∼78%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
142.34 fps ∼67%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
119.9 fps ∼57%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
117.07 fps ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
107.33 fps ∼51%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
102.91 fps ∼49%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
99.53 fps ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
86.23 fps ∼41%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
85.32 fps ∼40%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
78.37 fps ∼37%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
70 fps ∼33%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
69.01 fps ∼33%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
55.35 fps ∼26%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
45.9 fps ∼22%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
30.12 fps ∼14%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
183.65 fps ∼84%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
178.76 fps ∼82%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
157.44 fps ∼72%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
111.7 fps ∼51%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
83.11 fps ∼38%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
73.27 fps ∼34%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
71.77 fps ∼33%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
59.02 fps ∼27%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
57.74 fps ∼26%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
58.06 fps ∼27%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
34.66 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
36 fps ∼17%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
34.18 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
27.54 fps ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
24.13 fps ∼11%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
19.91 fps ∼9%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
62.33 fps ∼40%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
65.51 fps ∼42%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
68.76 fps ∼44%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
62.6 fps ∼40%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
67.16 fps ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
54 fps ∼35%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
54.77 fps ∼35%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
31.14 fps ∼20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
32.8 fps ∼21%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
32.77 fps ∼21%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
22.17 fps ∼14%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
26 fps ∼17%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
26.2 fps ∼17%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
20.17 fps ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
11.8 fps ∼8%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
10.21 fps ∼7%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
71.53 fps ∼90%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
68.08 fps ∼86%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
62.74 fps ∼79%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
41.8 fps ∼53%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
39.4 fps ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
29.32 fps ∼37%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
29.82 fps ∼38%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
24.64 fps ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
25.66 fps ∼32%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
20.34 fps ∼26%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
17.77 fps ∼22%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
18 fps ∼23%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
17.49 fps ∼22%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
10.34 fps ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8.29 fps ∼10%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4.51 fps ∼6%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
102.08 fps ∼52%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
102.09 fps ∼52%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
88.79 fps ∼46%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
73 fps ∼38%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
77.88 fps ∼40%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
64.61 fps ∼33%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
67.65 fps ∼35%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
48.34 fps ∼25%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
46.93 fps ∼24%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
46.94 fps ∼24%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
37.29 fps ∼19%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
33.7 fps ∼17%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
32.07 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
25.21 fps ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
19.51 fps ∼10%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
16.66 fps ∼9%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
14.95 fps ∼63%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
14.68 fps ∼62%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
14.22 fps ∼60%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
10.6 fps ∼45%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
10.29 fps ∼43%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
7.6 fps ∼32%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7.7 fps ∼32%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
5.15 fps ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5.26 fps ∼22%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
4.28 fps ∼18%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3.85 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
3.9 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3.78 fps ∼16%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
0.62 fps ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
0.53 fps ∼2%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
0.34 fps ∼1%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
126.57 fps ∼79%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
131.53 fps ∼82%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
117.15 fps ∼73%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
91.9 fps ∼57%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
97.14 fps ∼61%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
85.55 fps ∼53%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
87 fps ∼54%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
71.24 fps ∼45%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
68.15 fps ∼43%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
68.52 fps ∼43%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
46.97 fps ∼29%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
45 fps ∼28%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
46.12 fps ∼29%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
35.26 fps ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
27.98 fps ∼17%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
16.87 fps ∼11%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04) (sort by value)
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
155.37 fps ∼79%
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
155.63 fps ∼79%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
139.86 fps ∼71%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
110 fps ∼56%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
115.22 fps ∼59%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
92.31 fps ∼47%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
96.46 fps ∼49%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
71.41 fps ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
72.03 fps ∼37%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
73.2 fps ∼37%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
45.86 fps ∼23%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
47 fps ∼24%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
45.75 fps ∼23%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
33.32 fps ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
26.22 fps ∼13%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
18.13 fps ∼9%
1900x1060 3ds Max (3dsmax-05) (sort by value)
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
93.62 fps ∼53%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
46 fps ∼26%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
32.47 fps ∼18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
19.73 fps ∼11%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
11.42 fps ∼6%

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DirectX

3DMark and Unigine Heaven were used to evaluate the DirectX performance of the GPUs. Since pro GPUs tend to be optimized towards OpenGL-based software, any such optimizations will not affect the DirectX scores. Unigine Heaven uses both DirectX and OpenGL benchmarks, therefore, OpenGL optimizations can lead to higher scores in this benchmark.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
14665 (min: 14572, max: 14667) Points ∼36%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
14666 Points ∼36%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
9022 Points ∼22%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
5786 Points ∼14%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
5869 Points ∼14%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
2909 Points ∼7%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4118 Points ∼10%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
1745 Points ∼4%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
3204 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
2342 Points ∼6%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
14990 Points ∼37%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
12312 Points ∼30%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
12259 Points ∼30%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
9489 Points ∼23%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5850 Points ∼14%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4165 Points ∼10%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
1806 Points ∼4%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
21846 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
16629 Points ∼41%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
40636 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
17106 Points ∼42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
83316 (min: 76849, max: 83381) Points ∼45%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
86679 Points ∼47%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
61574 Points ∼33%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
37796 Points ∼20%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
37841 Points ∼21%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
19095 Points ∼10%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
26860 Points ∼15%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
12317 Points ∼7%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
23259 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
13394 Points ∼7%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
102368 Points ∼55%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
74933 Points ∼41%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
53834 Points ∼29%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
65089 Points ∼35%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
36877 Points ∼20%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
28254 Points ∼15%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
12601 Points ∼7%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
132575 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
70132 Points ∼38%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
161119 Points ∼87%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
110298 Points ∼60%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
59012 Points ∼8%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
263022 Points ∼35%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
127867 Points ∼17%
Dell Precision 15 7510 50751340
FirePro W5170M, E3-1505M v5, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 256 GB
144473 Points ∼19%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
43477 Points ∼6%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
163099 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
33703 Points ∼4%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
358662 Points ∼48%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
81998 Points ∼11%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
126996 Points ∼17%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
63463 Points ∼8%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
371985 Points ∼50%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
161656 Points ∼22%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
370629 Points ∼49%
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-751X
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
271895 Points ∼36%
Unigine Heaven 4.0
Extreme Preset OpenGL (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
86.6 fps ∼54%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
88.2 fps ∼55%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
53.8 fps ∼33%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
30.6 fps ∼19%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
29.5 fps ∼18%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
10.7 fps ∼7%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
10.7 fps ∼7%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
14.5 fps ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
9.9 fps ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
30.7 fps ∼19%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7.5 fps ∼5%
Extreme Preset DX11 (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
95.6 fps ∼53%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
100.3 fps ∼56%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
59.3 fps ∼33%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
35 fps ∼19%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
35.1 fps ∼19%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
12.4 fps ∼7%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
12.4 fps ∼7%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
15.6 fps ∼9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
10.6 fps ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
35.1 fps ∼19%
Dell Precision 5520
Quadro M1200, 7440HQ
28 fps ∼16%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
8.8 fps ∼5%

OpenCL

OpenCL APIs can be used to let the GPU perform tasks that are usually performed by the CPU. Technically referred to as GPGPU (General Purpose computing on GPUs), it enables the GPU to supplement the CPU in speeding up certain workflows such as ray tracing. OpenCL is supported by both NVIDIA and AMD. NVIDIA also has its own proprietary GPGPU API called CUDA. We used Luxmark 2.0 to compare the performance of workstation GPUs. LuxMark 2.0 uses OpenCL for ray tracing (complex light-shadow calculations) and only the dedicated GPU is used in this case.

LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
2299 Samples/s ∼44%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
2337 Samples/s ∼44%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1824 Samples/s ∼35%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
1306 Samples/s ∼25%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
1204 Samples/s ∼23%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
656 Samples/s ∼12%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
415 Samples/s ∼8%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
834 Samples/s ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
405 Samples/s ∼8%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
2301 Samples/s ∼44%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
2319 Samples/s ∼44%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
1847 Samples/s ∼35%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
1805 Samples/s ∼34%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1318 Samples/s ∼25%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
979 Samples/s ∼19%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
431 Samples/s ∼8%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
2277 Samples/s ∼43%
Sala GPUs-only (sort by value)
HP ZBook 17 G4-Y3J82AV
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
4322 Samples/s ∼41%
Dell Precision 7720
Quadro P5000, E3-1535M v6, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4357 Samples/s ∼42%
Lenovo ThinkPad P71-20HK0004GE
Quadro P3000, 7820HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3386 Samples/s ∼32%
HP ZBook 15 G4-Y4E80AV
Quadro M2200, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SSD SM961 1TB M.2 MZVKW1T0HMLH
2099 Samples/s ∼20%
MSI WE72 7RJ
Quadro M2200, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
2086 Samples/s ∼20%
HP ZBook Studio G4-Y6K17EA
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
852 Samples/s ∼8%
HP ZBook 14u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SSD PM871a MZNLN256HMHQ
924 Samples/s ∼9%
Dell Precision 3520
Quadro M620, 7820HQ, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK)
1440 Samples/s ∼14%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51s 20HB000SGE
Quadro M520, 7600U, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
708 Samples/s ∼7%
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Quadro P5000, E3-1280 v5, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2
4323 Samples/s ∼41%
MSI WS63VR 7RL-023US
Quadro P4000 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
4369 Samples/s ∼42%
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Quadro P4000, E3-1535M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3564 Samples/s ∼34%
MSI WS63 7RF-290US
Quadro P3000, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
3317 Samples/s ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 20HH0016GE
Quadro M2200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
2107 Samples/s ∼20%
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Quadro M1200, E3-1505M v6, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
1562 Samples/s ∼15%
HP ZBook 15u G4
FirePro W4190M, 7500U, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
984 Samples/s ∼9%
Lenovo Legion Y920-17IKB
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
4661 Samples/s ∼45%

Making a Purchase Decision

Eurocom Tornado F5W
Eurocom Tornado F5W
Dell Precision 7720
Dell Precision 7720
Lenovo ThinkPad P71
Lenovo ThinkPad P71
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
Dell Precision 5520 UHD
MSI WS63VR
MSI WS63VR
Fujitsu Celsius H970
Fujitsu Celsius H970
HP ZBook Studio G4
HP ZBook Studio G4

As mentioned earlier, benchmark scores for pro GPUs only offer a superficial view of the hardware capabilities. Unlike conventional consumer GPUs, the performance of pro GPUs are largely dependent on the application they are used for. It is highly probable that some applications might work well even with low end GPUs while others require the cream of the crop. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to list out the applications and then narrow down to the GPU choice. Professional software are usually certified after rigorous testing on pro GPUs. Usually, the compatibility of the software with the GPUs can be got from the ISV's site itself.

Broadly, the purchase decision can be centered around the following factors —

1. Software

The software you use will determine what GPU you can buy. Ask yourself what kind of programs do you use or will be using (also see the software overview towards the end of this article.) Some applications like AutoCAD, for example, have switched to DirectX from OpenGL. Such developments should be factored in the purchase decision. You should also note that some applications run better on AMD's FirePro and others better on NVIDIA's Quadro series. If your workflow is primarily centered around DirectX applications, consumer cards will also work; pro GPUs can then be considered if you're looking for vendor specific updates and long term support.

2. Frequency/ Intensity

How often do you use pro software and for how long? If the usage is relatively minimal, you can get along fairly well even with a consumer card. However, if you're looking at living and breathing CAD/CAM, simulations, deep learning etc., a pro GPU is the only option. 

3. Support

Vendor and ISV support are vital components of pro applications and the kind of support offered can veer the decision choice between one platform and the other, especially in mission critical scenarios. Pro GPUs generally have a longer support time and priority fixes to specific applications. You would absolutely want 24x7 support from both the GPU vendor and the ISV as every hour spent is accountable. Such kind of support is hard to come by in a consumer setup. Remember that a major chunk of the expense in owning a pro GPU goes towards the support system.

4. Cost

Mobile workstations featuring FirePro and Quadro GPUs don't come cheap. The Eurocom Tornado F5W, for example, costs a staggering US$6000. At a more 'reasonable' level, the Dell Precision 5520 UHD costs about US$2,867. Expect to shell out upwards of US$2,000 for a capable workstation notebook. Add to that the licensing costs of pro software and the sky is the limit for burning a hole in the pocket. The silver lining, however, is that most companies can recover these investments in a short time unless of course you're an independent worker.

5. Alternatives

It is always a good idea to look for alternatives before spending the moolah on the latest and greatest. Workstations come with long support periods and there's every probability you can get a re-certified and refurbished model from a previous generation at a significantly lower price. Also, certain workflows do not require the latest pro GPUs and can perform just fine with an older generation chip. The long service period also means that getting spares shouldn't be much of a hassle. There's also the fact that mobile workstations have a far superior build quality than their consumer counterparts, therefore, can take quite a beating before they give up.

Other points for consideration

Upgradeability scores major points in a mobile workstation's purchase.
Upgradeability scores major points in a mobile workstation's purchase.
Accessories such as docks and connectors help in expanding connectivity.
Accessories such as docks and connectors help in expanding connectivity.

All software usually have minimum and recommended hardware requirements. We recommend not focusing on the minimum requirements, because the working speed, workflow and the output quality (representation) will usually suffer from weak hardware. Mobile workstations are also expected to last for quite a while in most cases, so there should also be some headroom for upgrades.

The following aspects should also be considered when deciding on a mobile workstation. 

  • Display characteristics — Size, resolution (screen estate, depth of detail), outdoor capabilities, color gamut
  • Port selection (type and number) — Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, HDMI, Firewire, eSATA, PCIe (NVMe), mSATA, WWAN, Line In/Outs if needed
  • Hardware — CPU, RAM, internal storage device (number, performance), optical drive requirements
  • Flexibility/ expandability — Modular bays for quick change of optical drive, hard drive, battery, empty module, docking station/ port replicator for quick attachment of stationary peripherals

Software Overview

The below table summarizes some of the popular professional software that benefit from the capabilities of the FirePro and the Quadro GPUs. It is not an exhaustive list but gives an idea of the kind of applications these mobile workstations can handle.

Oil and Gas

Architecture Media & Entertainment Geospatial Applications Product Development

Landmark DecisionSpace

Autodesk Revit Adobe Creative Cloud ArcGIS PTC Creo

Schlumberger Petrel, Geoframe

Autodesk AutoCAD Adobe After Effects CC Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D Dassault Systèmes Catia

Paradigm 14

Bentley Microstation Adobe Photoshop CC Hexagon GeoMedia Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks

IHS Kingdom, Petra

Autodesk Navisworks Autodesk 3ds Max Autodesk Inventor

ffA GeoTeric

Autodesk 3ds Max Design Autodesk Flame Life Sciences Autodesk AutoCAD

Drilling Info Transform

Autodesk Showcase Autodesk Maya Imaging Siemens NX

Emerson Roxar RMS

Accelerware ITK Autodesk Alias

Headwave Core

Molecular Dynamics Informatics Mathimatica Autodesk Mudbox

AMBER Blast Matlab

CHARMM FastROCS Quantum Chemistry

GROMACS GPU-HMMR GAMESS

NAMD MUMmerGPU NWchem

SmithWaterman Terachem

Conclusion

Deciding on a mobile workstation is one of the most important tech decisions you'll ever make considering the investment involved. Unlike consumer GPUs, which can be decided to an extent based on benchmarks scores alone, professional GPU purchases should also take into account the practical applications. Although both the same GPU can come in both pro and consumer variants, the target market will decide on specific features enabled for each application. While pro GPUs might not be the best choice for gaming, some consumer GPUs can be quite effective at professional work, especially, if the workflow is based on a DirectX pipeline. Thorough evaluation of all aspects of the workflow keeping in mind future considerations is important to ensure that the investment is protected. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2015-12- 4 (Update: 2018-01-28)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.