Engineering Video Cards vs Game Video Cards?

I am an engineer who works with 3D CAD engineering programs (such as CATIA or ProEngineer). I create designs and animations for engineering design purposes (examples below).

It seems to me that the graphics demands that I place on my engineering cards are no where near as demanding what high end games do, such as Call of Duty etc.

My question is why is it then that engineering cards are (such as my NVIDIA Quaro FX) are much more expensive than gaming cards and looking at them do not seem nearly as substantial from the hardware point of view?

I have also heard (but I do not know if it it true) that Nvidia build into their cards algorithms that detect if you are using a gaming card for engineering applications that drasticly reduces the cards performance if detected, is this true?


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  1. Ahhh, read what?
  2. There are ways to flash a gaming card to a workstation card and even some software mods that will do 'almost' the same thing. These cards are designed as almost identical hardware, but workstation components are binned higher (due to mission critical data/need for no failure) and their BIOS and drivers are responsible for making them either a gaming or a workstation card.

    It just depends on the risks you are willing to take to go this route.
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