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Difference between quadro cards and gaming cards

Q: Difference between quadro cards and gaming cards

I was wondering what makes NVidia's quadro cards so much more expensive than even the high end gaming GPUs? I know there more for the "workstation" PC and are used more for 3d modeling and such with programs like 3ds max and maya but what exactly do these quadro cards have that the high end gaming GPUs don't? More cuda processors? Higher Memory bus width? The reason I am asking is because I recently purchased a GTX 780 SC and was thinking of getting into either 3ds max/maya in the near future. Would purchasing another GTX 780 and putting into sli configuration help with programs like max and maya? Thanks for the any help!

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A: Difference between quadro cards and gaming cards

boagz said:

I was wondering what makes NVidia's quadro cards so much more expensive than even the high end gaming GPUs? I know there more for the "workstation" PC and are used more for 3d modeling and such with programs like 3ds max and maya but what exactly do these quadro cards have that the high end gaming GPUs don't? More cuda processors? Higher Memory bus width? The reason I am asking is because I recently purchased a GTX 780 SC and was thinking of getting into either 3ds max/maya in the near future. Would purchasing another GTX 780 and putting into sli configuration help with programs like max and maya? Thanks for the any help!Click to expand...

To answer your question, the Quaddro series of cards or FirePro for AMD are different from the gaming cards because they re-purpose the cards for straight up compute. The software included with them and drivers along with some additional features make them poor at gaming but better in the fields of compute/cuda dev/opencl/etc. Also those cards in most cases also cram more RAM than the standard card models for higher rendering among other things.

You will be fine with a 780 for the basics of 3DS max and maya and adding another would be somewhat beneficial later down the line but you can definitly use your superclock GTX 780 for this and get decent performance for these programs.
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A:Nvidia Quadro vs Nvidia gaming cards

Quadros are for Digital Content Creation and CAD purposes mainly. For you, a pair of 8600GTs would be fine.
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A:Nvidia Quadro AGP cards recognized as PCI

This sounds to me like a reporting error. If everything's running fine and faster than before, I'd tend to believe that you're running at the 4x speed and the nView program isn't reading this correctly.
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A:NVIDIA Fermi based Quadro cards outted

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With reference to this thread:

I have a Quadro FX 3700M card on my workstation for various CAD programs.. I am searching for a way to perform a software or hardware modification so I can play games and run other programs requiring a GeForce card.
Is there any way to possibly run two non-similar graphics cards side by side, or task designated/sharing?
So I could actually run CAD software on the dedicated Quadro, while relying on an externally connected GeForce card for all other media, pics, music, games, etc?
Any other money saving solutions besides buying/building a desktop?
I?m on a 64bit Vista workstation (soon to be Windows 7 or Ubuntu w/ a Windows VirtualBox) 3GHz Intel Quad Core 2 with 4GB RAM from Xi Computers.

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Generally speaking the 560 will be the better card.
And if the price is about the same it would be the better choice I think.

If you go with the EVGA card though, it might be worth looking for the AR skew.
Like this one: - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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A:Does brand difference matter with GeForce 6600GT cards?

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what u should look for are warranties and google aroudn to see how well the manufactures handle their customers. I believe eVGA now gives their video cards lifetime warranty and they have good tech supoprt and customer service according to experience.

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I actually just picked up a ATI 256MB pro x1300, its ATIs new budget card, right now everything is getting set up, but if you want some benchmarks...

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there is also the issue of subpixel precision-"Sophisticated real-time effects typically involve multiple mathematical operations that demand high precision to maintain image quality. The NVIDIA Quadro® FX features 128-bit IEEE floating-point precision, making available millions of colors in a broad dynamic range. This results in the highest level of accuracy and the ultimate in visual quality.
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A:Any good graphics cards for gaming ?

The HD6850 is a decent card but you'll not get ultra high settings and good frame rates from it.
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Upgrade the PSU first or at the same time as the card.
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A:Workstation graphic cards vs. consumer cards

The last question is the easiest - I would go with nVidia because their CUDA processing engine accelerates many of the applications you use. I know Adobe CS5 and Maya take advantage of it but don't know about the rest of the applications you listed.

Adobe CS5 added acceleration for multiple applications with the Mercury Playback Engine which is designed specifically for more recent nVidia cards with the CUDA feature set.,2770.html

Third party review and recommendations for use with CS5 (the card list starts about half way down the page)

CUDA (see more info below about CUDA) supported graphics cards (note that the GeForce or mainstream and gamer cards (for desktop and laptop PCs) are listed near the bottom of the page:

nVidia provides information touting how much their cards accelerate Adobe CS5, including general description about CUDA with internal links to more info for advanced users:a

Here are a couple of reviews on workstation cards you might find informative:

Workstation Shootout: Nvidia Quadro 5000 Vs. ATI FirePro V8800,2701.html

AMD FirePro V9800 4 GB: Eyefinity Meets Professional Graphics,2780.html

The choice between workstation vs. gaming cards is a little more difficult. The higher end gaming cards are very similar to the lower end gaming cards, the difference is primarily in the drivers and service. Workstation drivers have been more finely tuned to the kinds of work done in WS applications - but this can have a signficant impact on performance for those applications. Morever, with the higher price you pay buys you better, generlly quicker support for dealing with issues.

I think the choice must depend on how and how much you use the cards. If you use the applications for several hours a day, the higher productivity of the workstation station cards may pay for the higher cost several times over. Otherwise you might do just as well with the gaming cards.

If you decide to go with gaming cards, you might find some helpful information on upgrading video cards at, but they have no information on workstation cards:
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A:Good quality gaming PCI cards for Dimension

Pretty much the best you can get in PCI format.
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file attached...
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boagz said:

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A:AGP VS PCI vid cards

The difference between AGP and PCI cards is Speeeeed!

AGP handles speeds twice as fast as PCI. That's why PCI video cards are becomming extinct except on older systems. You pretty much need an AGP card if you're doing any serious gaming. Otherwise you can get away with PCI.

AGP is NOT the same as PCI. The look differently and use different kinds of slots. IF your motherboard doesn't have an AGP slot you can't install an AGP card.

There are also different degres of AGP, AGP1, AGP 2, and AGP 3. Respectively they are 1x, 2x, and 3x.

Your motherboard also has to support AGP 2 and 3 to get AGP 2 and 3

NVidia and ATI make the best video cards, in my opinion. My personal choice is NVidia.

Another consideration with AGP is amount of RAM. More ram means better performance, also DDR is twice as fast as SDRAM so a 64mb of DDR is equal to 128 of SDRAM.

Also, here's something called PCI Express. I don't know anything about it through, except its set to replace AGP:

Hope this helps,

The Hulk!
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My PC motherboard has 4 RAM slots, each which fits a 1GB card. I installed all 4 of them, yet when I look at Properties under My Computer, it says I only have 3.30 GB total. Is there a reason for this?

A:RAM cards

Yes, windows 32bit software will only see that amount of usable memory - common issue reported

The PC should see 4GB in the BIOS but needs memory for internal registers and other devices and so that memory cannnot be used

so theres nothing wrong with the PC - unless you have 64bit software installed
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I want to be able to watch TV from my computer. what would be a good TV card to get, and where can I get it? Google wasnt helping that much.

A:TV cards. Which one?

MSI's [email protected] Master Works Great for me
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Hey All,
First off, I have a Dell P4 2.0Ghz w/ 768Mb DDR Ram. The mobo is 4x AGP. I'm wanting to upgrade my vid card. I have my eye on a eVGA Geforce 6600 256Mb. On new egg it's listed as a 4x/8x. Does this mean it will work in either a 4x or an 8x AGP slot...or does it mean it it will ONLY work in an 8x slot, but can run at 4x speed?

Thanks for any insight!!!

The Guy From Detroit's Hockey Town!!!

A:8x/4x APG Cards

i have a dell 4550 mobo, the AGP slot is 4x/2x. i have my eye on a GeForce FX5900. AGP 8x/4x. nVidia has clearly stated that any GeForce or Quadro cards are backwards compatible. meaning if the AGP slot is 2.0, and required is 3.0 (on the card). it will still run. but will your power supply give enough power to the card? my dell has a 250 watt PSU. most likely yours does too. keep the power supply in mind when choosing a video card.
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I just built myself a new Puta,and am very happy with it.
I have never run 2 GFX Cards in SLI before.

I presently have a AMD X2 3800+, 1 Gig (2 X 512 PC 3200) with 256Mb GF 6700 PCIE Card.

Now how much of a difference will another PCIE card make.My Graphics ATM are Stunning.

I suspect it will not be worth the investment or even make much of a visual diff.

What is the real story here.....????

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I'm Thinking of buying a TV card for my PC. It is a modern gaming computer and is fairly well speced.

I'm looking at either a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner Card or a KWorld PC150.

Reading the system requirements they both say that you need a sound card to operate them. My question is why the sound card. Why Is on-board sound not adequate


A:tv cards

DX elements and even EAX effects for Creative models would be two reasons as well as the higher quailty sound most cards tend to offer. Even while onboard sound chips have been seeing improvements over the last few years the separate expansion cards will still generally have other things available like HD audio as one thought.

Here the tv tuner/capture card wouldn't seem to work out if I was working with the onboard despite the board's 5.1 surround sound capabilities. The tv card's software automatically detects the card and adjusts itself to utilize the output there to the speakers. Without the separate card however the onboard audio chip may not even be detected by a tuner card.
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this is my first post on this site.

anyway i have an SD impact card (1gig), i use it to put songs on, but when i try and take them off it says that the disk is write protected and that i cant, when i try to format it get the same messages....any help?

A:about sd cards?

Who makes this Secure Digital Card? Is there a "button" on the card that be used write protect the card?
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the idea was to take some of the processing away from the motherboard CPU. I read some where that they are capable of addressing separately to other cpus but I would have thought you would get major power issues and conflict.

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Happy new year to all. Last night I turned on another homebuilt pc only to find that 3 separate VGA video cards would not work. Beeps, too many beeps. Soyo Super 7 board, new with 450 mgz
( when i bought it the company said it was a 500 ) K6-2 Amd.

So I put in a pci video card and what a difference ! All is well. Question : is there something about a or this 450 amd cpu or the board that will not accept a vga video card ?? Can this be corrected in bios or with update ( board was made in 99 ) ??

Technically Inferior,
- M

A:K6-2 and VGA Cards

geez, sorry your post got overlooked.........

that sounds like the setup was set to boot from PCI instead of AGP first

I'v also seen it happen if PNP operating system is set to "NO" in the setup

best of luck
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This is PCI related only, do not bring up PCI-E or AGP

Ati Radeon 9250 256MB PCI
Diamond Stealth X1550 256MB PCI
Diamond Stealth 256MB X1300 PCI
3DFuzion Geforce 5500 256MB PCI ( Which i am using right now )
Jaton Geforce 6200 OC PCI card

Also, i read a review from techspot on the X1300 and it said despite all the wonderful features, shader model 3.0 , etc it didnt perform pretty good, even tho it also said its the most powerful PCI card. So maybe the folks here at techspot was comparing the card to a more powerful one, which i think they was.

Anyway, i was thinking about trading in my Geforce 5500 256MB PCI card which btw is very fast to my standards, but if the X1300 Is a better choice, should i go for it?

A:Which one of these cards is the best

Either the 6200 or the X1550. I would say the X1550:
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I wonder how these will compare to the NVIDIA 9800GS.

A:New AGP cards

Did you mean 7800GS?
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Here is a link. The core and memory are the same speeds as a regular X800XT so I figure it will be fine. Not sure.

I don't want anything but a built by ATI card. If I had done that the first time I wouldn't be buying another card now. Sapphire can kiss my backside.

Anybody know about the all in wonder cards?

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If any one can help me decide or have any better suggestions it would be most helpful.
This is the ocz psu I am getting.

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