Re: amd64 and video card experiences?
On Sun, 22 Aug 2004 10:05:43 -0600, Marcelo E. Magallon
> I would have said, Quadros run even hotter (given that they are clocked
> higher), but for your question: the NVIDIA binary-only drivers support
> all NVIDIA cards, including the Quadro series. I have never seen them
> myself in an Opteron box (highest end I've seen myself is a 5950).
Actually, Quadros tend not to run hotter -- they are a bit
underclocked with respect to the Geforce Ultra series cards. For this
reason, Quadros benchmark a bit slower than the Ultra cards for video
games; however, in theory, anyway, they're more reliable than the
It used to be that Quadros had only a few extra features versus their
non-Quadro cousins -- faster wire-frame modes, overlay planes, 10-bit
LUTs, etc. This was the case on GNU/Linux, at least. On Win32,
Quadros have drivers that are somehow "tuned" for digital content
creation packages like Maya and 3D Studio Max., though I don't know
what, exactly, the benefits of these drivers are.
You can see most of the driver-related benefits of Quadro cards on
GNU/Linux by reading the README file that accompanies the Debian
The latest Quadros (FX 4xxx series) support longer pixel shader
programs than the non-Quadro versions, and there's also new Quadro
that supports an HD I/O daughtercard.
Also, Quadro cards tend to have dual DVI connectors. Most non-Quadro
cards that I've seen have one DVI and one VGA connector.