Originally Posted by LAN_deRf_HA
I've gotten the impression that workstations cards have gotten better at playing games compared to their consumer counterparts, at least with the right drivers. However the last time I was able to see that put to the test was back with the G80s. Nobody bothers to test these things like that.
In most cases, the workstation card drivers are optimized for OpenGL, and specialty products, usually not DirectX. It's the reason they cost so darn much because the user base is so much smaller and the economy of scale in writing drivers just isn't there. From what I've seen the ATI and NV offerings are slight one offs from the consumer cards (in some cases, only very slightly). So, depending on the game 3D display means, the workstation cards will be about the same, or better in games.