Once again this is close to the infomation I am trying to obtain, but what i would really like to know is there a review out there that talks about CS4 and Premier? This is all very good info, that has brought me closer to a decision, but it just seems ther in no definitive info to really put one card type in front of the other.
The GTX 480 is based on the Fermi architecture while the FX 4800, a Quadro version of the GTX 260 Core 192, also having 1536 MB instead of 896 MB, is based on the previous generation, the GT200 series.
If they used the same drivers, the GTX 480 would be much faster, but with workstation level drivers the Quadro's performance in CAD programs are sped up quite considerably.
The V5800, coming in at $469, paints the Quadro FX 3800 in a pretty damning light. After all the NVIDA option will sell for about 1.8x the price (~$800) of the V5800 but more often than not is the slower card. The V3800 isn’t going to win any performance benchmarks but with the $109 price tag it is easily the lowest cost pro-level offering from either company with a modern feature set.
NVIDIA Quadro FX x500, x700, x800, FX370, FX380, FX580 series, Quadro CX cards
(The x represents the initial version number of the card. For example, x500 represents all card lines that end in 500: the 4500, the 3500, and the 1500 ines of cards.)
ATI FirePro (R700 family GPUs X7xx series): V3700 ,V3750, V5700, V7750, V8700, V8750
FirePro (R800 family GPUs x8xx series): V3800, V3850, V5800, V7800, V8800