Originally Posted by xoleras
You're skimming the surface, and perhaps you didn't read the article that you linked (CPU tests?) thoroughly. Some functions are covered, but not all; you'll also notice the GTX 680 isn't among those listed. Among those listed, not all features are supported, and 10 bit color output is not supported. Again for that you will need firepro or quadro.
The only way to get full 100% acceleration and 10 bit color in the adobe suite is with a firepro or quadro card; the only way
to get full 10 bit color output is with a firepro or quadro card. Things have been this way for a while - The photo editors that I work with have attempted to get 10 bit output with geforce cards and it doesn't work. It's a driver level issue - and the adobe suite bypasses the windows API so while Geforce cards offer 10 bit out via D3D, they do not offer 10 bit output in the adobe suite. Now, the suite comes with limited acceleration on some functions but for full acceleration and 10 bit output you need the drivers and software associated with workstation cards. Both the firepro and quadro lines have software and drivers specifically tailored to the adobe suite that allow 10 bit output and full acceleration of the adobe suite (since adobe bypasses windows API)
I know you're trying to make a compelling argument here, but you are in the wrong. The only possible way to get 10 bit output is with firepro or quadro, the only way to get full acceleration is firepro or quadro. Even with that said, you'll notice that the GTX 680 and K20/K20X aren't in the supported accelerators list. Guess what? the K20 works - you just need the software that comes with the K20. It will not work on the 680.
This is part of what you pay for with workstation cards. The software and drivers - these are exclusive to workstation cards and will not work on consumer level cards, period.
Honestly, a lot of this is nonsense because its offtopic. We're talking about gaming cards here. I'm sure there was a compelling argument somewhere but when we're talking gaming cards
, I feel this is a tangent.