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Best Workstation Graphics Cards 2020 (Update)

Update from 14.08.2023

Here is a newer review:

Roundup 2023 of current workstation graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA – How does the Radeon Pro W7000 series fare against Ada and Ampere?

Update from 03.06.2020

Further benchmarks have been added, especially considering hardware acceleration (AI, rendering). In addition, the layout of the benchmark page was adjusted and restructured. Our workstation graphics card charts are a flowing process that takes into account the market situation and offers a lot of additional information that unfortunately the manufacturers often do not publish. In addition to the actual performance benchmarks, this includes precise measurements of power consumption, power supply recommendations and thermographic analyses (infrared). I will expand the list of tested models, depending on availability, as well as add new tests as time and demand allows.

Benchmarks & Measured Results

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Test System

What is the best way to test graphics cards in the workstation area? With appropriate software, of course, and not just with a few dead-optimized synthetics. But it’s not only the software that decides, but also the hardware. That’s exactly where I also started again and thought long and hard about it in advance. In the end I decided against the Core i9-9900K, which I had initially thought of, and instead opted for a Ryzen 9 3950X with X570 motherboard, because, as with the gaming cards, it’s not just the fastest CPU per thread that counts, but the entire PCIe 4.0 package..

The installed 32 GB memory is currently sufficient, maybe I will add more later. Currently DDR4 3200 from G-Skill is installed, which runs in XMP profile. All the fun is supplied by a Seasonic Prime Titanium and 1000 watts maximum power, which is also completely sufficient for mGPU. Cooling is provided by a modified Alphacool Eiswolf with an extended quick-release system. An Alphacool XPX sits on the CPU, a graphics card could still be inserted in between.

With the Monitor, I have consciously decided on a real professional solution. The almost frameless BenQ PD322020U is big enough with its 31.5 inch diagonal and 3840 x 2160 pixels, has an excellent AHVA panel from AU Optronics and covers with 10 bit color depth (1.07 billion colors) almost completely the required color spaces. The ergonomics are almost perfect and you can turn it (up to the pivot function) as you like – one setting always fits.

However, one of the main reasons for choosing this monitor for the test series is its excellent connectivity, in addition to its excellent image quality and ergonomics. In addition to DP 1.4a and 2x HDMI 2.0, one finds USB 3.1 up to Type C and Thunderbolt 3. A special feature is the functionality as a KVM switch, in that the keyboard and mouse that can be connected to the screen can be assigned to the active screen. This feature is priceless, especially during testing, because it saves an extreme amount of space. By the way, picture-in-picture works just like the simultaneous display of several inputs.


Test System

The benchmark system is new, the power consumption is measured here in a special laboratory using high-resolution oscillograph technology…

and the measurement setup for graphics cards (pictures below), where at the end also the thermographic infrared images are taken with a high-resolution industrial camera.

I have also summarized the individual components of the test system in tabular form:

Test System and Equipment

AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
MSI MEG X570 Godlike
2x 16 GB Patriot Viper Black RGB DDR4 3600
1x 2 TByte Aorus (NVMe System SSD, PCIe Gen. 4)
1x 500 GB Toshiba RC500
1x Seagate FastSSD Portable USB-C
Seasonic Prime 1300 Watt Titanium PSU

Alphacool Eisblock XPX Pro
Alphacool Eiswolf (modified)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
Raijintek Paean
Monitor: BenQ PD3220U
Power Consumption:

Oscilloscope-based system:
Non-contact direct current measurement on PCIe slot (riser card)
Non-contact direct current measurement at the external PCIe power supply
Direct voltage measurement at the respective connectors and at the power supply unit
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multichannel oscilloscope with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current clamp adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, probe (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, HiRes digital multimeter with memory function

MCU-based shunt measuring
Up to 10 channels (max. 100 values per second)
Special riser card with shunts for the PCIe x16 Slot (PEG)

Thermal Imager:
1x Optris PI640 + 2x Xi400 Thermal Imagers
Pix Connect Software
Type K Class 1 thermal sensors (up to 4 channels)
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
Own anechoic chamber, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the centre of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise emission in dBA (slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as graphic
OS: Windows 10 Pro (1909, all updates, current certified drivers)

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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