Greg Corke and Martyn Day of Develop 3D magazine recently supervised a series of side-by-side performance benchmarks in CATIA comparing the FirePro V5700 and the Quadro FX 1700. The models were all high-polygon, high complexity (i.e. requiring lots of culling in shaded view) from CATBench. Both cards included 512 MB RAM and both were running on identical HP xw6600 workstations. A handheld digital video camera recorded the performance on both systems.
The test runs through three models (1.5 million, 3.9 million, and 3 million polygons) and has each rotate, tilt, and zoom in shaded, shaded plus outline, and outline-only views.
For low-polygon, low-complexity models, the Quadro FX performed as well as or better than the V5700. But as model complexity increased, the v5700 outpaced it using VBO.