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Well there are some differences between the two cards. One is built for speed "gaming" the other is built for precision "rendering/modeling" It's not just the drivers.
But they are the same core. How are they different besides the drivers and ram? And this is an stream processor. You can also softmod respective Radeons into FireGLs and Firestreams.
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But they are the same core. How are they different besides the drivers and ram? And this is an stream processor. You can also softmod respective Radeons into FireGLs and Firestreams.
Some of the other members would be able to explain better than I can,but the workstation cards are geared towards 3D Modeling and such,plus the memory on them is not as fast as standard desk top cards, but is much more precise when working with 3D models than desktop counterpart. That is why they are not optimal to play games.

I know desktop cards can be softmodded, but they will still not be 100% comparable to the workstation cards. Thats the best that I can explain it. I haven't used them myself. One of these day I'd like to.
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The main reason for the price difference isn't because it costs 10 times more to manufacture a workstation GFX card, but because firms who buy these workstations don't flinch at large numbers.
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But they are the same core. How are they different besides the drivers and ram? And this is an stream processor. You can also softmod respective Radeons into FireGLs and Firestreams.
What GuardianOdin is saying is true. Although you'll have to wait for someone more knowledgeable than myself and him to explain it fully.

Off topic: Your avatar disgusts me.
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To people saying its expensive...well rightly so as this is NOT a gaming card. This is a card for CAD and other graphical rendering. Its not geared up for games.
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It's the same card with a new name, new package and new drivers.

The drivers make all the difference. Softmod a regular desktop card to the equivalent 'workstation' card, download the drivers, have fun.

Obviously ATI/Nvidia would frown upon large companies doing that, but for the home user who needs a card for 3dsmax or something it's a nice alternative.
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It's the same card with a new name, new package and new drivers.

The drivers make all the difference. Softmod a regular desktop card to the equivalent 'workstation' card, download the drivers, have fun.

Obviously ATI/Nvidia would frown upon large companies doing that, but for the home user who needs a card for 3dsmax or something it's a nice alternative.
plus new workstation optimized BIOS. Which is desktop(Radeon) incompatible?
Yeah, you missed the essence - BIOS.
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It's the same card with a new name, new package and new drivers.

The drivers make all the difference. Softmod a regular desktop card to the equivalent 'workstation' card, download the drivers, have fun.

Obviously ATI/Nvidia would frown upon large companies doing that, but for the home user who needs a card for 3dsmax or something it's a nice alternative.
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I keep hearing people make generic comments about workstation graphics cards being more "precise" and whatnot, but I've never seen anything to back it up. Just rumors IMO. I do believe the key is the drivers, and softmodding a card works just as well as paying the extra $800 for it.
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The price is also high because not a lot of people buy them. And I suppose there's support included for them....
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