Quadro FX cards are equipped with heavy rendering capabilities than GTX280.... So they are much capable for high end Video editing applications...
Some of the features that Quadro FX card have are:
- 128-bit color precision
- Unlimited fragment instruction
- Unlimited vertex instruction
- 3D volumetric texture support
- 12 pixels per clock rendering engine
- Hardware accelerated antialiased points and lines
- Hardware OpenGL overlay planes
- Hardware accelerated two-sided lighting
- Hardware accelerated clipping planes
- 3rd generation occlusion culling
- 16 textures per pixel in fragment programs
- Window ID clipping functionality
- Hardware accelerated line stippling
the architectures are different... one is optimized for CAD etc the other is for GAMES. it would be foolish to get a quadro FX for gaming purposes because
1: does it have directx support?
2: if so, it wouldn't be optimized for games anyway
3: for that amount of money you could get a real gaming card configuration (ie more than one) that would blow its socks off
All Gaming cards are designed for their speed of rendering... while Professional cards for the capability of high resource handling.... they produce precise images than gaming/consumer level GPU's..
So for a gamer, no need of Professional cards...
I think, games can't be played well in Quadros...
Difference is like Xenon Workstation and Core2Extreme...
I can't really say how the card will perform, as I don't own one and cannot find gaming benchmarks.
I did discover that the Quadro FX 1700 is based of the G84 process. Notably, this process also spawned the 8600 GTS, 8600 GT and 8400 GS. Given this information, coupled with your question regarding gaming performance, I am speculating that the FX 1700 performs at a level similar to that of its relatives.
Lastly, while I could not find gaming benchmarks for the FX 1700, I did find these for other Quadro and FireGL models...
Really there is very little (mostly cosmetics) difference between "pro" and consumer cards. The only difference is in drivers and, really, consumer drivers are more complicated (and so, more expensive in development) than professional ones. But both nVIDIA and AMD are cheating professionals because the HAVE to have faster (fatless) drivers.
Really "pro" drivers run nicely on any consumer card (after some hacking - replacing pro models codes for consumer ones in the drivers check-up procedures).
Soo Say i wanted a laptop used for gaming and for Cad is that possible with a GTX260m or do i have to buy a quadro fx card
I plan on buying alienware laptop i no its specialy made for gaming but will it run Cad too?