NVIDIA CUDA gets tested in 5 applications

Posted on Wednesday, May 20 2009 @ 04:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Tom's Hardware has written a 15-page long test report about NVIDIA's CUDA technology, the site has tested the GeForce 9600 GT and 9800 GTX in five CUDA-enabled applications. You can check out the results over here, the conclusion is that even mid-range cards deliver a nice performance boost in CUDA applications.
That’s all well and good, but proof of CUDA’s incendiary capabilities has largely been proven on high-end GPUs. I’m on a tight budget. Friends are getting mowed down around me by lay-offs and wage-cuts like bubonic plague victims. You bet, I’d love to drop ten or twelve Benjamins on a 3-way graphics overhaul, but the reality is that, like many of you, I’ve only got one or two C-notes to spare. On a good day. So the question all of us who can’t afford the graphics equivalent of a five-star menage-a-troi should be asking is, “Does CUDA mean anything to me when all I can afford is a budget-friendly card for my existing system?”

Let’s find out. Today, we'll be looking at some of the most promising titles and measuring the speed-up garnered from a pair of mid-range GPUs.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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