Originally Posted by Brn2Crz
Ok, I understand about the accuracy. On the FireGL and Cuatro pcb's I still don't see a terrific difference between that and say the NVidia 6DDR3. This leads me to wonder just how up-to-date are the Fire and Cuatro cards are. They certainly cost a lot more. I visited a graphics forum and they say go with the NVidia 6. I guess a workstation meant something when pc's were still 286's and monitors weree VGA.
The workstation graphics cards will run circles around the comparable gaming cards in professional apps., and vice versa for games.
There is a difference between the cards, it's not just the driver (tried that many times, even on the 9860).
I have an old workstation (dual Xeon 2.2's, 2GB RAM, SCSI, etc.) and replaced the FireGL2 card that came with it with a 9800 Pro when the price started dropping. The 9800 couldn't hold it's own against the old FireGL2. I ended up getting a FireGL Z1 to replace the 9800. The Z1 is based on the 9500 gaming card and it is much faster than the 9800 Pro (not even close).
The workstation I'm on right now has the Nvidia Quadro FX1400 (mid-range card) and the 6800 does not perfrom even close to this card. Consider also that the workstation has slower CPU, RAM and FSB.
There's still a place for workstations (so far) especially if you need multiple CPU's, high end graphics, or really fast HD performance.