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 Post subject: Nvidia Quadro cards
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:33 pm 
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I used to think that Quadro cards never got reviewed because they were mainstream workstation video rather than enthusiast, and also simply their cost being not very home user friendly. However, with the advent of reviews for $1000 cards in the mag now, I'm thinking that my question is now more about the applicability of the card. How would Quadro cards hold up in the game space?


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 Post subject: Re: Nvidia Quadro cards
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 9:45 pm 
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Quadro cards are exactly the same as consumer cards, except the drivers for them are different. This enables certain features used in professional 3D applications. There's actually a hard mod you can do so that you can fool the drivers into thinking a GTX 680 is a Quadro K5000.

So you might ask... why is NVIDIA selling the same card for over twice the price? Here's the thing. GeForce drivers are optimized for gaming and general consumer use. Quadro drivers are optimized for CAD work. There's nothing different in the GPU level between the two applications. A GeForce isn't going to refuse CAD operations and a Quadro isn't going to refuse a draw call from a game. To them, it's all "place triangles, shade pixels". It's just that the drivers need to translate render calls from these programs appropriately.

Still, why is NVIDIA then charging over twice the price for a software change? It's the same reason why Adobe charges $500+ for its Creative Suite. These aren't meant for consumers. These are meant for professionals that make money off their products. In the end, a Quadro K5000 is going to perform slightly worse in gaming than a GTX 680 in games, but a GTX 680 is going to perform slightly worse in CAD operations.


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