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I want to gift my sister a card for her workstation for her bday, but i'm not so sure on what to do.

Her PC:
- Q6600
- 2x 2 GB OCZ RAM DDR2-800 4-4-3
- PCI-E GeForce 7500 LE 256MB DDR2 (better than integrated)
- Dell mobo (no OC-able)
- 4x Spinpoint F3 750 GB RAID 5

She uses AutoCAD 2011, Adobe CS5 (mostly Flash, DW), SketchUp, as far as i know. She does benefit from having CUDA, so my picks are NVIDIA mainly.

Budget: $50-70

My budget is not able to afford one of the big Quadro guns, but one has catched my eye, the Quadro FX 580 because i can buy it used for cheap.

I also have two more options, recycle my backup 9400 GT (BIOS OC'd to 725/1800/602+ghetto aircooling mod) or buy a 9800 GT off the marketplace whe one pops in.

Is there any way to make a regular GeForce into using Quadro drivers? Or is a pure Quadro card still better? Which card is better between all three?
Edited by Starbomba - 4/27/11 at 6:54am
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Might as well get the Quadro, I mean that's what it's made for..
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If she does not use any 3d rendering programs like 3d Studio Max, Viz or anything similar to those programs you do not need a Quadro.

I'm currently teaching my son Autocad 2009 and have it installed on his rig & he's using a 8800GT which is plenty for 2d and 3d (non-rendering drawings). Although you can use gaming cards for 3D rendering, Quadro cards are best for that. In our office, we're using Quadro cards because we use 3D Studio Max, Viz, & Accurender. At home, I use a GTX 480 for autocad & rendering programs.


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Is there any way to make a regular GeForce into using Quadro drivers? Or is a pure Quadro card still better? Which card is better between all three?
Quadro drivers are only for workstation cards. Quadro cards are only better to use if you are using 3D rendering programs for autocad.
Edited by drBlahMan - 4/27/11 at 8:47am
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Well, i think she does 3D renderings on AutoCAD, and other stuff which might be 3d MAX, but i've got to double check that. But it's true a Quadro is that different for 3D?

Also, would be a GTS 450 enough for 3D renders? If i really must, i can change the 9800 GT for the GTS 450 on my HTPC and give her that card.

Also, I've heard of ways to modify Quadro drivers, or GeForce cards (via flashing) to work like a Quadro. But is it really worth trying?
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I used to do 2D drafting at an architectural firm (and still draft at my job now) and I was using an 8600GT and it worked just fine. Honestly, unless she knows she needs a Quadro card for some reason a GeForce is going to be just fine. The rendering she will be doing will most likely be on the CPU anyway. You can flash the BIOS of some GeForce cards to make them think they are Quadros and use the drivers but the hassle and issues often outweigh any benefits.
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You can flash the BIOS of some GeForce cards to make them think they are Quadros and use the drivers but the hassle and issues often outweigh any benefits.
This was the main reason why we had switched to Quadro cards in the office.
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