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NVIDIA Sets New Standard for Workstation Performance and Reliability

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NVIDIA today unveiled a range of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics products that offer unprecedented workstation performance and capabilities for professionals in manufacturing, engineering, medical, architectural, and media and entertainment companies.

"With NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, we can create fully ray-trace rendered images of a bike before we actually build it," said Nick Schoeps, senior engineer at MotoCzysz, a Portland, Ore., engineering firm that designs, builds and races custom electric motorcycles. "Previously we'd rely only on still renders or low-fidelity motion during design reviews. With Quadro Kepler, we can work with highest quality settings always on. That's a huge advantage and something we hadn't been able to do before."

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i actually wish they would make their GTX 670's or 680's in 1slot cards like that with 4gigs of memory so even i could sli on micro-atx board with dedicated audio card ^^;
 
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i actually wish they would make their GTX 670's or 680's in 1slot cards like that with 4gigs of memory so even i could sli on micro-atx board with dedicated audio card ^^;

The noise is probably fairly horrific.
 

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This K600. How much can it be?
 
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Who buys a Quadro K600 with 192 Kepler cores @ 876 MHz, and DDR3 @ 891MHz? Must be some sort of OEM marketing ploy. It looks like a $29 card!
 
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Who buys a Quadro K600 with 192 Kepler cores @ 876 MHz, and DDR3 @ 891MHz? Must be some sort of OEM marketing ploy. It looks like a $29 card!
That card is perfect for a student who is practicing or doing not very advanced 3D design or 3D modeling. Relax, that card is better than a top gaming card in those software.
 

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That card is perfect for a student who is practicing or doing not very advanced 3D design or 3D modeling. Relax, that card is better than a top gaming card in those software.
actually I doubt it, they are not different hardware wise just drivers, if someone knew how to make quadro drivers work with gaming cards the titan would be a K20X
 
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Who buys a Quadro K600 with 192 Kepler cores @ 876 MHz, and DDR3 @ 891MHz? Must be some sort of OEM marketing ploy. It looks like a $29 card!
It meets the needs of 90% of Adobe Suite users.

Bought it's predecessor (the Quadro 600) for a friend who does Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop for a living about a year ago. Well worth the premium over it's GeForce equivalent.

Why it's better is because it's going to be ~$180 in stores while a top-end gaming card is north of $350 :D
 
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It meets the needs of 90% of Adobe Suite users.

Bought it's predecessor (the Quadro 600) for a friend who does Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop for a living about a year ago. Well worth the premium over it's GeForce equivalent.

Why it's better is because it's going to be ~$180 in stores while a top-end gaming card is north of $350 :D
Premiere, After Effects sure! Photoshop not so much. :laugh:
 
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lol GK106 and GK104 chips, yeah high-end for sure :laugh:
 
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You pay for the drivers, the stricter QC, and better tech support. Nothing more, nothing less.
 
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Premiere, After Effects sure! Photoshop not so much. :laugh:
That's why I mention "Suite users". Those using Photoshop alone may not reap as much benefit. Though there is one benefit of a Quadro that still applies here - I don't have to worry nearly as much anymore :D

Standard cards are fine - as long as you can troubleshoot your own problems and do driver installs/rollbacks. My friend can't (and doesn't care to learn). So I was really glad when nVidia put out a cheapie Quadro. I told him that the 600 is the card for you and there hasn't been a card-related problem since.
 
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It would be fun if TPU did a review of these VS a normal Geforce, in CAD programs I would like to know how much better the workstation cards are. I would think these to be about 20%+ better than their counterpart.
 
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I'd like to know if it's possible to flash a Quadro BIOS to a corresponding standard GeForce, then install Quadro drivers for it... Common sense says it should be possible, but it's also sure as death nVidia thought of such a possibility and placed a safeguard or ten to prevent it.

Wish I had money to throw away so I could find out myself...
 
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Standard cards are fine - as long as you can troubleshoot your own problems and do driver installs/rollbacks. My friend can't (and doesn't care to learn). So I was really glad when nVidia put out a cheapie Quadro. I told him that the 600 is the card for you and there hasn't been a card-related problem since.
Kind of weired him being in software but not be able to install drivers or trouble shoot :toast:
 
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I'd like to know if it's possible to flash a Quadro BIOS to a corresponding standard GeForce, then install Quadro drivers for it... Common sense says it should be possible, but it's also sure as death nVidia thought of such a possibility and placed a safeguard or ten to prevent it.

Wish I had money to throw away so I could find out myself...
Short and simple answer:

NO.

At least not with the latest 3 or 4 generation cards.
 
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It would be fun if TPU did a review of these VS a normal Geforce, in CAD programs I would like to know how much better the workstation cards are. I would think these to be about 20%+ better than their counterpart.
Well, we all know the cards are near identical with some fuses blown and/or different code paths in the driver. Pretty sure some of the artificial limitations placed on the consumer line are pretty severe wrt some operations.
 
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Short and simple answer:

NO.

At least not with the latest 3 or 4 generation cards.
I never look for short nor simple answers in life... Care to elaborate? Speaking from personal experience? I'm not contesting your statement, I just like excess information beyond the purely functional answers.
 
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It would be fun if TPU did a review of these VS a normal Geforce, in CAD programs I would like to know how much better the workstation cards are. I would think these to be about 20%+ better than their counterpart.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6519/hp-elitebook-8570w-notebook-review-the-other-side-of-the-coin/4

Even lower end laptop versions kill cards like the GTX 580

I never look for short nor simple answers in life... Care to elaborate? Speaking from personal experience? I'm not contesting your statement, I just like excess information beyond the purely functional answers.
AFAIK It used to be simple...only change the GPU ID and the driver would see it as a FirePro/Quadro, or flash a FirePro/Quadro BIOS.
Drivers don't only check the ID anymore and BIOS flash doesn't give you the same results anymore (if you manage not to brick the card).

The only option used to be softmoding - using a patchscript and by that modding the driver itself.
The problem is you need to keep modifying the script for every driver update and for new generations of cards - and as far as I know, it's not as simple as it was.
 
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Kind of weired him being in software but not be able to install drivers or trouble shoot :toast:
He's a photographer/videographer. Doesn't have to know how it all works at a technical level, just cares that it does work when editing, photo touch-ups.

Kind of like how most people know how to drive a car (except in FL) but only so many know how to change oil, brakes, plugs, hoses, etc.
 
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I like to see K4000 cooler on GTX 670, 660ti and 660.
 
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from what i undestand, when a chip comes off the production line at Nvidia, it is both a Geforce and a Quadro. The differentiation i done probably by testing the different functions of the chip and deciding which one is suitable for the Quadro name.

AND, most importantly, the cards that are binned as GeForce have parts of the circuitry LASER ETCHED, so it's impossible to softmod it.

From my research the last card that was able to be softmoded was the 8800GT, and the 9800GT that was based on the 8800GT was not. I softmoded my 6600GT to it's Quadro equivalent and it had new features in Solidowrks, where RealView (an advanced viewport rendering mode) is only enabled on Quadro cards. I've seen other 3D professional software run on GeForce without any feature disabled. And Adobe includes the GeForce 680 amongst it's Mercury Playback Engine certified cars.

Basically you pay extra for the tight quality control, the specially developed drivers for professional software, the special support connection and the assurance that every pixel pushed out of the card is correct. I noticed that the top Quadro cards even have ECC memory (although that kinda' invalidates my last statement about pixel perfection for the mid-low level Quadros).