hjs meldt dat Eric van Fast Graphics een blik heeft geworpen op de Elsa Gloria II kaart, gebaseerd op de nVidia Quadro chip. Dit kaartje is dus niet bedoeld voor gamers, maar voor de professionele / workstation markt. Eric heeft er alvast een hele zooi benchmarks van gepost, die je hier kan vinden.
The first thing I need to say it that if you're a gamer, you really won't be interested in the Quadro. In games it's about as fast as the GeForce DDR, but a Quadro card will cost more than $ 1000 US whereas you can pick up a GeForce DDR for around $ 300. The only benchmarks that showed a big advantage for the Quadro chip over GeForce are benchmarks using wireframe models with anti aliased lines. The GeForce performs quite bad in those benchmarks, while the Quadro performs excellent with it's hardware acceleration of anti aliased wireframe models.
So why does a Quadro card cost $ 1000 US? It can't be the support of anti aliased lines, or the extra 32 MB that you get... Nope you pay the price of quality. Elsa provides excellent drivers which offer good image quality and apart from that, Elsa has tested the card for compatibility and optimal performance in many high end programs like 3D Studio MAX/VIZ, ALLPLAN, AnySIM, AutoCAD® R14/2000, Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, Autodesk® Mechanical Desktop, AVS/Express, CADdy++, Cinema 4D, Extreme 3D, Helix, HiCAD, I-DEAS Master Series, Lightscape, LightWave 3D, Logocad/Triga, Maya NT, MicroStation, Open Inventor based Applikations, Pro/Desktop, Pro/ENGINEER, Pro/MECHANICA, SoftImage, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Superscape, Unicenter TNG, Unigraphics, visplan, WorldToolKit.
Elsa also provides special drivers which offer additional performance in AutoCAD 2000 and 3D Studio MAX.
I'll review this card more in-depth as soon as I get more specific info about the Quadro chip, as well as a comparison with other high-end OpenGL cards.