Workstation video cards vs high-end consumer video cards

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by o2, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. o2

    o2 Witty Title Here OT Supporter

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    Can someone explain to me why the workstation video cards like Quadro FX4500 or 5500, that have less bandwidth, lower cpu and memory clock rates, but cost 2-3 times more than a consumer card (like 7900gtx)?

    What advntages do they offer? I do quite a bit of video editing and video rendering, but thats like 99% CPU and 1% GPU.
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I've wondered the same thing - and from what little research I've done, high end graphics program companies (CAD) test their software with high end graphics cards and certify them. Then when people ask what works, they can say that this unit works well. But we have engineers who draw off of laptops and no one says boo. I don't get it either - it all seems to work the same for a lot less money.
     

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