Originally Posted by Bridden
I'm pretty sure he is comparing Firepro vs quadro. Actual workstation/compute cards, not general consumer cards. Completely different markets.
EDIT: Seriously guys, stop arguing. Some one correct me if I am wrong... but most of you are arguing over the wrong cards. They have completely different software/hardware to run the chips, effectively making any argument about non-quadro/firepro cards obsolete. When it comes to use of computational cards, Nvidia is used much more often in super-computing scenarios. (At least that I've seen. I'm not expert.)
This. Really there are three different markets at this point. General use (what we buy), workstation (Quadro and Firepro W models) for CAD/3D/GIS , and computational (Tesla and Firepro S models) for modeling and simulations. This beast is for computation only.
Nvidia is typically seen more often in the super compute/GPGPU projects because of support and CUDA. CUDA makes life easy when you are writing code. You define a kernel and then scale out to however many free resources you have. Programming for 2 GPGPUs is nearly as simple as 200. You can do the same with AMD solutions now and support is getting better at that level but at the end of the day CUDA is easier.
Originally Posted by Tobiman
Damn, I wish I could get my hands on an s10000 server card for mining. That would be awesome.
This is actually a great example of the problem that has been going on. The S10000 on paper could eat this K40s cookies for breakfast. Most of the time it will do just that if an application has been designed with that GPGPU in mind. OpenCL/GL is difficult to optimize in my experience so when doing research CUDA makes more sense. Also try calling up your favorite vendor and talking with their HPC consultants. Likely you will only get Nvidia solutions.
AMD has always (say 5000 series and up) had better compute performance but it is harder to harness for developers usually. Nvidia provides better support, more products, and easier implementation but is much more expensive.
BTW: I tried the S10000 with mining. It wasn't much better than 2 7970s but at 6 times the cost.