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post #11 of 41
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...0,2154-10.html

Based on that, I can't tell a difference in hardware. Is it simply drivers that differentiate a FirePro from a Radeon?
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post #12 of 41
FirePro cards share core architectures, but they're optimised for CAD/3D modelling. My bet is they are more focused towards vectorial drawings.

Microcodes and core instructions surely play a completely different game inside there.
   
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post #13 of 41
Excuse the lack of knowledge here... but aren't more [business-y] applications coded for, and work better with CUDA (nVidia)?
    
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post #14 of 41
Sometimes CUDA can't make up for actual hardware benefits
   
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post #15 of 41
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post
FAIL.

It's a FirePro card, aka not for gaming.
Super Fail, he said IB4.
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post #16 of 41
its pathetic just like the rest of the "professional" cards that are just downclocked expensive versions of regular cards
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Originally Posted by Munkypoo7 View Post
Excuse the lack of knowledge here... but aren't more [business-y] applications coded for, and work better with CUDA (nVidia)?
It depends on the program. CS5 does some things faster with CUDA cores, but even then it's only supported by Quadro and specific higher-end Geforce cards. For Solidworks and other CAD programs, either work (roughly) just as good, since it uses OpenGL.

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its pathetic just like the rest of the "professional" cards that are just downclocked expensive versions of regular cards
Not used for gaming. A low-end Quadro/FirePro card runs CAD programs better than most high-end cards. If you actually needed a workstation card (clearly you don't), you could *maybe* pencil mod, vBIOS flash, etc. but this is the graphics card equivalent of a workstation (Xeon/Opteron) CPU. And it's priced accordingly.
Edited by jrbroad77 - 11/2/11 at 3:52pm
 
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post #18 of 41
Last month we spent over 9000 Euro on two cards for our modelling workstation. I don't model myself I get another guy to do it but we (he) found Nvidia Quadro works better with Premier Pro, After Effects And 3D Max
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Not used for gaming. A low-end Quadro/FirePro card runs CAD programs better than most high-end cards. If you actually needed a workstation card (clearly you don't), you could *maybe* pencil mod, vBIOS flash, etc. but this is the graphics card equivalent of a workstation (Xeon/Opteron) CPU. And it's priced accordingly.
The real differences are purely artificial ones based in software.
    
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The real differences are purely artificial ones based in software.
No, there are minor tweaks to the hardware as well. Pencil modding works to some extent, on some cards. Flashing a card to it's Quadro/Firepro equivalent won't necessarily get you the same card. It may have worked on *some* cards in the past(ATi 2000 series comes to mind, idk if they were exact copies but they were very close). But if you have a recent article stating otherwise please do share.
 
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