I am trying to find any benchmarks on how these two GPUs compare for Photoshop work. Does anybody have any pointers to information or even subjective thoughts?
I am led to believe from my research that a number of the filters in CS5 are using OpenCL. For OpenCL the Radeon 7970M is far superior to the Quadros. However, I am not able to find information on the overall performance of the Quadros vs. the Radeons for Photoshop.
The work with Photoshop will be for static images - creation of images rather than manipulation of source.
I am looking to get a Thinkpad W530, but it only comes with the Quadro GPUs. If I do get it, will I be getting a slow machine for Photoshop 2D work, assuming that the Quadro's are really targeted at 3D CAD work?
I don think Photoshop will stress any GPU it supports. For Photoshop make sure Adobe tested the GPU with the version of Photoshop your using. http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/tested-video-cards-photoshop-cs5.html
If your also going to use the machine for gaming get the fastest GPU that also works with Photoshop. I did not see Quadro 1000 listed Quadro 2000 was listed in CS6 . Radeons HD 7000 series listed in CS6 list of texted GPU.
You may want to read this thread http://forums.adobe.com/message/5483977#5483977