Originally Posted by airbozo
One of the reasons the workstation cards are more expensive IS the drivers. They have specific drivers for the programs you run that have been optimized specifically for that application.
Another reason is that _most_ of the Quadro or FireGL cards have onboard HW OpenGL Acceleration.
The workstation cards also have better pixel precision specifically aimed at the CAD market _and_ they actually use the stream processors.
...but yes they are expensive!
The card with more memory will allow you to load more items into memory which will translate to a faster redraw, and move function.
EDIT: One more thing! The FireGL and Quadro cards usually have a stereo out plug for stereoscopic images.
Better Pixel precision? No. These are digital devices, not analog. And they use the EXACT same processors as the gaming models. They are tuned to apply more of their power to Anti Aliasing for faster performance with CAD, yes, but they aren't more accurate in any way shape or form.
And OpenGL acceleration? Gaming cards have it built in as well. They've had it built in since the era of the Riva TNT. Just read up on the Doom3 engine if you don't believe me.
So that brings everything down to the drivers and BIOS. And that is very easy to deal with
).Edited by Manyak - 7/7/08 at 2:08pm