Nvidia Quadro 600, GeForce GTX 560 Ti for Photoshop and Ligthroom?


I am a professional photographer and I am setting up a new PC (i7, Windows 7 64bit). But I have some troubles to choose the graphic card.

I use Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 3, no video editing.

Between the Open GL, Open CL, CUDA accelerations etc ... professional graphic cards models and consumer ones I am lost!

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti seems more powerful and more versatile but I tell myself that if Nvidia has professional range there must be a reason.

So for Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 what would be the best: GeForce GTX 560 Ti or Nvidia Quadro 600?



Any reason to get a Quadro 2000?


Or the graphic card doesn’t matter much and I should take an entry-level GeForce to enjoy the HDMI and the silence? Which one then?

Does the Quadro 600 manages 10bits display 10bits? And the Geforce?

Any change announced with Photoshop CS6 and Ligthroom4?

The only 3D application I use is Google Earth in 3D mode, does it make any difference?

Thank you for your help.
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  1. The GTX 560 will be the better choice, even though Quadro is supposedly to be optimized for these programs. There are more active CUDA cores running with the GTX 560 than with the Quadro 600, and the GTX 560 is overall a much much better card for other purposes other than workstation. You will see much better results from Quadro than from GeForce in programs such as Maya, but I would put my bets that the true performance of Quadro starts from 2000 or higher, basically 600 is beaten by GTX 560 (in theory), but would not be able to beat 2000 or higher in workstation.
  2. Thank you, that is exactly what I though but I was not sure.
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