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Just curious, what's the difference bwtween these workstation cards and normal desktop cards? Is there something that makes them cost so much more? For example, the ATI FireGL V8600 1GB is $1300, while a HD3870X2 1GB is only $400. Can you just use the HD3870X2 and use it for 3D Modeling? Or is there something that makes it not able to do it. Thanks.
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Often times they are often almost identical from a hardware perspective - the difference lies in the drivers and BIOS on the cards. A workstation card is typically programmed to be incredibly accurate moreso than incredibly quick with rendering, while a gaming card is the other way around. Slight miscalculations in a game could lead to a trivial error in the game world that you might not even notice, while in the work world a slight miscalculation could be significantly more important.
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I see, thanks for the info.
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Also, workstation cards are a lot more accurate at reproducing colors.
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...one thing I know of is that OpenGL is _usually_ faster on a Quadro or FX card. This is due to onboard HW acceleration (or something like that ) for only OpenGL. At least this was true several years ago.

When I get some systems with the Quadro or FX cards in them I can bench them for a comparison.
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So a 3D modeling program will still run on a normal OpenGL compatible video card, but the accuraccy is not high enough so it's not a good idea to do that right?
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