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Ever wonder how gaming cards compare to 3D workstation cards?
m0zes 
5/6/08 8:14:00 PM
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Well xbit labs have just released a review of some current mid level solutions and they have included an 9800gtx, enjoy:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/firegl-quadrofx_14.html#sect0

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 5/6/2008 8:16:26 PM

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xfu 
6/6/08 10:35:44 AM
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Yeah I'm not all surprised to see a Geforce doing well in the list. I get great performance in Maya from my low-mid range Geforce card.

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spiritek 
6/6/08 6:30:32 PM
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yeah I get great viewport control using 3d studio max with my 7600GT, the high poly results from zbrush make it chug.... though I think anything would at that density

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jennyb 
8/6/08 11:37:18 PM
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Thanks for putting that link up. They didn't seem to use the powerdraft or maxtreme drivers, which is the whole point of of developing the quadro firmware and drivers. I have had my FX3700 head to head with my friends 8800GTS and we both used the same complex 10 storey drawing file in Autocad architecture in hidden lines mode and spun it around like mad to see how both cards would cope.The GTS did ok at slow speeds but lagged and fragmented at higher spin rates. Then we switched to realistic mode and the GTS really fell behind. We then both rendered a fully textured two storey house, my computer was marginally quicker but it has higher specs components.If you care about the workability value of a graphics card, I suggest you find a review that has a proper driver set for the application on review.

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m0zes 
9/6/08 2:55:55 PM
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That's the thing though, reviews are few and far between in this level of hardware. I put this one up because it's one of the few around. It's in no way conclusive, but it does give an introduction to comparing the two. Frankly i'd love to see more reviews, properly testing the cards with differenet driver sets and real world apps. However it just doesn't seem like something hardware sites are able/capable of doing. I'd suspect that alot of this comes down to over heads, workstation cards are expensive and the software even more so. Therefore they really are reliant on distributors to send them hardware/software.

cheers


Edited by m0zes: 9/6/2008 2:59:37 PM

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jennyb 
9/6/08 6:26:23 PM
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I put up a similar thread in this category regarding an FX3700 etc vs consumer cards because I has trouble getting reliable information. The Nvidia site has some good information as well as application specific information. I think anyone considering a workstation card should start there, they also recently bought mental ray which I have a feeling will be thier future GPU benchmark. I'm happy with my 3700 and if I feel later that I need to will run them in SLI. The FX1700 looks like good value to me but not being SLI compatible I had to look past it.

Heres a link with some good reading even though the Quadro vs Consumer Cards pdf is outdated. The difference now is even greater. Also remember if your running 64 bit Vista like I am and depending on which software D3D may be your only option which makes all the Open GL stuff irrelevant. Then again who cares I always prefered D3D.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro_fx_product_literature.html


Edited by jennyb: 9/6/2008 7:27:31 PM


Edited by jennyb: 9/6/2008 7:27:45 PM

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Jeruselem 
11/6/08 1:46:24 PM
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Looks like FX3700 is an overpriced 8800GT, making the 9800GTX looks like a real bargain.

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jennyb 
11/6/08 3:05:38 PM
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"Looks like FX3700 is an overpriced 8800GT, making the 9800GTX looks like a real bargain. "

Sure does until you read up on it. Powerdraft and Maxtreme drivers can add up to 200% performance improvement in some tests. That's why the review is flawed, no quadro test is worth looking at unless it's making the most of the drivers and firmware which is what you pay for. Otherwise the FX3700 is basically a 8800GT.

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