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Old March 6, 2012, 04:54 PM
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i have what might be a stupid question but if you were going to buy a highend video card the why not go with something like this?

Newegg.com - PNY VCQ6000-PB Quadro 6000 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

but then why does everyone go with stuff like this

Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

im just trying to understand why there are 4k video cards out there ?
are they good for gaming or just 3d rendering and stuff like that?
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The quadro line is not meant for gaming (they are meant for CAD etc). I don't follow those GPU, but they are all based on a Geforce GPU that is going to be about a tenth the price and better for gaming.

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Old March 6, 2012, 06:20 PM
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so what is the point in there cards then? if you cant game on them, i guess they are used for 3d stuff like cad?
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Old March 6, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Old March 6, 2012, 06:47 PM
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ow okay so they are just beast for that kind of stuff lol, i dont think i could ever spend that kind of money on a video card
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Look on Kijiji you can find Quadro cheep caus people don't know what to do with them.

FX 3800 150 $ vss 450 $ new ...
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:02 PM
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umm yea i dont need anything like that lol. i was just wondering why anyone would need that kind of power but i know now bc of the forum and its infinite knowledge
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Old March 6, 2012, 07:54 PM
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Quadros, and the FirePros (pro version of radeons) are professional grade cards designed for 3D modeling and rendering.

A Quadro 6000 uses the same chip (I think) as a GTX570. The Quadro's core will be significantly downclocked, but it will have significantly more memory (up to 6GB, usually). The Quadro's will be optimized for GPGPU (basically graphics card compute) while the GTX will be optimized for pixel fillrates (shaders). The GTX is designed to give high FPS in a gaming environment while sacrificing precision (jagged lines, etc). The Quadro will be designed to render high detail 3d models very precisely, and is not optimized for frame times.

What's more, the price is marked up because it's usually companies that buy them. Most companies have very deep pockets and are willing to pay the extra money for a card. Basically Nvidia (and AMD) put extreme markups on the cards just because they can.
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Car metaphor incoming....

Dump truck versus sports car. Same basic technology, benefit from similar advances, but applied differently for different purposes.
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Workstation cards are built specifically for rendering and are priced much higher for their stability in hardware and drivers. Here's an example of why someone would pay $4k for a workstation card.

NVIDIA Quadro 400 VS GTX560ti By CompleteTV - YouTube

You can see the cheap $125 quadro can beat the $200 560 Ti in most rendering situations thus if you get more work done in the same amount of time you can earn more money. Now imagine what the higher end cards can do.
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