Originally Posted by BlackOmega
Now correct me if I'm wrong but I also thought that the Quadro's could display much higher AA levels (I'm not talking about CSAA here)than mainstream versions. I know this is most likely a driver feature though. But specifically used for rendering 3d animation.
I think you're right on this. There's also a big difference in the pipelines in Quadro/FireGL versus mainstream right?
Originally Posted by White Fire
So, if i'm understanding all of this correctly. If NVIDIA made drivers similar to the ones used in Quadros, etc, for a GTX 590 or something, you would have a serious card, no?
Well kind of. The hardware is missing. So for instance a 590 may inherently resemble the power of a similarly spec'd Quadro card, however the hardware/architecture is different.
DOT (Department of Transportation) be it state or federal, uses FireGL/Quadro cards for real-time 3D / vector graphics to determine better traffic routes, maps, real-time routes for specific needs, etc. They are also used in designing new improvements to transportation conditions.
You couldn't do that with a 'mainstream' or 'gamer' card. The hardware is missing internally. Drivers can't change this unless the card used (like I mentioned the 8800GTX before which was nearly identical to similar powered Quadro cards at the time) can be modded to function like a professional card.Edited by GanjaSMK - 12/31/11 at 1:08pm