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For those that need the expensive quadro but can´t afford it, today is your lucky day!!

The NVIDIA Quadro family of professional graphics cards are very, very expensive. They are generally 2-5X more expensive than their gaming counterparts, the NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards. But everyone knows that Quadro and GeForce graphics cards are virtually identical in hardware.

Yes, you read that right. Even with the unbelievable price tag, the NVIDIA Quadro is really no different from their desktop GeForce counterparts. So why is NVIDIA charging you so much for a Quadro?

It all revolves around the driver support for professional 3D applications like 3ds Max or Maya. Quadro drivers allow the Quadro to be used to accelerate the rendering operations of such professional 3D applications while GeForce drivers do not. This is the basis for the premium prices NVIDIA (and ATI) charge for their professional-grade graphics cards.

Obviously, you cannot just use Quadro drivers with your GeForce graphics cards. After all, it represents the thin red line between a really, really fat profit margin and just a "normal" profit margin. NVIDIA Quadro drivers are designed to detect the presence of an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card. It will not install if a GeForce card is detected instead.

However, there is an easy way to soft-mod (modify in software) a NVIDIA GeForce desktop graphics card into a NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics card. We will show you just how to do it in this guide.
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Before everybody flips out, this is not exactly a new practice. Heck, I flashed my friends FX5500 to whatever the Quadro equivalent was and did the same with my own 6800. Back in the Radeon 9x00 days almost everybody had their midrange card softmodded into either a FireGL or 9700 variant.
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Before everybody flips out, this is not exactly a new practice. Heck, I flashed my friends FX5500 to whatever the Quadro equivalent was and did the same with my own 6800. Back in the Radeon 9x00 days almost everybody had their midrange card softmodded into either a FireGL or 9700 variant.
Yep, and people have modded Quadro/FireGL cards into their respective GeForce/Radeon equivalents as well. Although this is probably not as common.
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nvidia milking the market
    
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Has anyone done this with an 8800GTS 640mb and noted any decrease in gaming performance? This would work REALLY well with the rendering stuff I do frequently.
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The OP article is made of fail and loss.
This method used to work with the GeForce 6 series and below, but it's been useless since then. It's highly annoying that they posted it, because it got a lot of our hopes up that someone had actually found a way to mod GeForce 8 only to have them immediately crushed.
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nvidia milking the market
ATi does the exact same thing.

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This will reduce your FPS because they are now no longer optimised for games. Just a heads up.
    
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The OP article is made of fail and loss.
This method used to work with the GeForce 6 series and below, but it's been useless since then. It's highly annoying that they posted it, because it got a lot of our hopes up that someone had actually found a way to mod GeForce 8 only to have them immediately crushed.
Yup, I believe some soldering is required for any newer cards. While the cards are 99% identical, there are some slight modifications required.
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