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Quadro FX 580 vs GTS 250

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July 16, 2009 4:56:38 AM

Hi Guys, I need to buy a poweful PCI Express card for FASTER RENDERING & smoother operation of my 'After Effects' projects. I DON"T play games at all. Now within my budget I have 2 options:


1. Nvidia GTS 250 (Leadtek) Price: $170
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gts_250_us...

2. Nvidia Quadro FX 580 (Leadtek) Price: $200
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_quadro_fx_580_us.h...


Which one do you suggest ?


I had a bitter experience with ATI radeon so no.. no.. for ATI.
Thnx

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July 16, 2009 1:24:50 PM

The GTX 250 is approximately equal to the Quadro 4800, which cost $1,600.00.

Nvidia Quadro FX 4800: Workstation Graphics At Its Finest? : Introduction

Workstation Graphics Cards and their Mainstream Equivalents Quadro

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/quadro-fx-4800,2258...

If you do this for a living you cannot settle for a gaming card.. The drivers/tech support for a work station card are other worldly as far as proffesional apps go.

Even the lowest end work station card will beat the pants off of a high end gaming card (unless you mod the bios, which doesnt always work..). As far as 3DSmax goes the performance is smoother, the rendering is faster, and it is far more accurate. I'm not sure if you have ever tried to design 3d art on a gaming card but often times (due to poor drivers) as you zoom in and zoom out the textures never seem to line up quite right (they seem to overlap and slide around as the gaming card is made for speed in games, not accuracy in design), makes it very difficult to do anything other than hobby messing around. A profesional card is much much more accurate in endges and what not.


July 16, 2009 2:21:46 PM

evongugg said:
The GTX 250 is approximately equal to the Quadro 4800, which cost $1,600.00.

Nvidia Quadro FX 4800: Workstation Graphics .............................



So you mean i shud go with Nvidia Quadro FX 580 instead of GTS 250
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July 16, 2009 4:22:37 PM

Depends. If you do this for a living, get the Quadro, otherwise if this is a hobby, get a gaming card.
August 11, 2009 8:24:10 PM

Get a 260 if you can aford it.
The 250 is so underpowered for todays standards.
I have a 3 year old 8800GTX ACS3 and it beats 2 250s in SLI.
IF your playing games get the 250.
If your doing CAD or creating MAP/MODS for games get the Quadro.
August 14, 2009 7:09:33 PM

Hope I'm not too late but I'd have to say go with the Quadro. They are designed for accuracy (rendering details) and supports Open GL and Shader Model extremely well; which is what you want. Gaming cards are designed for frame speed not accuracy!

Good luck!
Anonymous
November 24, 2009 6:43:35 AM

I have a similar question. I narrowed my options to 4 video cards: GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275 and FX 580. I want to do 3d animation (Blender, Maya) and I am not interested in design accuracy or fast rendering times - I only want a fast 3d viewport that intstanly records every move I make on my models, with no lagging. From time to time I would also like to play some games (not a hard core gamer, not looking for extremes, just decent gameplay). What video card should I pick? GTX 275 and F5 580 are more expensive but if I were to choose between this two what should it be? Thank you
December 3, 2009 10:50:02 AM

Quote:
I have a similar question. I narrowed my options to 4 video cards: GTS 250, GTX 260, GTX 275 and FX 580. I want to do 3d animation (Blender, Maya) and I am not interested in design accuracy or fast rendering times - I only want a fast 3d viewport that intstanly records every move I make on my models, with no lagging. From time to time I would also like to play some games (not a hard core gamer, not looking for extremes, just decent gameplay). What video card should I pick? GTX 275 and F5 580 are more expensive but if I were to choose between this two what should it be? Thank you



why not just soft mod Gts 250 to Quadro ??
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April 8, 2010 9:14:38 PM

DevilMind said:
why not just soft mod Gts 250 to Quadro ??



I've looked for the steps to do this, but can't find any clear cut answers. I have the GTS 250 that I ordered for my work pc that is exclusively used for CAD. I am disappointed at the performance. I have been reading up on SoftQuadro, but can't find any detailed instructions as to softmod this thing. If you can point me in the right direction, I would be forever grateful.
May 3, 2010 10:20:42 PM

Here is a link to direct instructions for Soft Modding. But you will have to find out what is the comparable quadro card to your card. I believe the GTS 250 is the 4800 as to what was mentioned earlier. I thought it was the 4700 but I am not certain.

link below
http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=539
May 3, 2010 10:50:57 PM

The problem with not getting a real Quadro is you don't have the massive amount of professional support that you get with a Quadro card should something happen. Autodesk dosen't really support rendering on non Fire and Quadro cards, and if you call them they will tell you something along the lines of "your card is unsupported" because of accuracy issues.

The other problem with softmodding is that it sometimes dosen't work, or works with mixed results.

Finally, there is the fact that Quadros are Quadros because they are rock solid stable, due to a mixture of drivers and higher binned GPU's, which the GTS250 obviously dosen't have.
May 3, 2010 11:31:43 PM

Oh, and as a side note, realize that Quadro Cards do PhysX, but more importantly they do OpenCL computation, which many GeForce cards do not.
September 14, 2010 12:52:17 AM

@ halo549.

A GTS250 is a re-branded 9800GTX+(plus a few updated feature sets) which is based off the same chipset as the 8800 series. To say that your 8800GTX(with aftermarket air cooling) is faster than TWO GTS250's in SLI is completely asinine. Please educate yourself before trying to "help others."

And there is a simple answer to the main question. You use a workstation card in a workstation. A gaming card for gaming. There is a reason that there are two markets.
a c 171 Î Nvidia
September 14, 2010 1:01:17 AM

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