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|Update: 13 Jan 2006– The review did not use the Release 80 drivers.
NVIDIA would like to point out that the Release 80 series drivers
improve the SPECViewPerf Ensight (ensight-01) and SolidWorks (sw-01)
scores significantly.||The Quadro family range showed a gradual performance improvement from the low end Quadro FX 540 to the high-end 4500. Not surprisingly the Quadro FX 4500 led the pack here, producing around twice the score as the Quadro FX 540 in most of the benchmark tests. The Quadro FX 4500 only shows a significant improvement over last year's high-end Quadro FX 4400 in some of the tests. The middle of the range Quadro FX 1400 could keep up with its faster siblings in some of the tests. ||The FireGL V7100 kept up to the Quadro FX 1400 in some of the tests, but was out classed by the bigger Quadro FX 4500 and 4400.The GeForce 7800GTX in single and SLI configuration performed much poorer than its workstation cousins. Lacking capabilities such as 2-sided lighting, hardware overlay and clip planes really hurt the gaming-oriented GeForces. Even running two GeForce 7800GTX in SLI didn't improve the scores significantly.|
|Quadro FX 4500 - US$2499|
Quadro FX 4400 - US$2399
Quadro FX 1400 - US$799
Quadro FX 540 - US$299
|From the tested products, the Quadro FX 4500 is the undoubtedly the new workstation performance leader. The Quadro FX 4500 is slightly better performing than the Quadro FX 4400, has the same feature set, and operates substantially quieter. The very small price difference (at this time both around US$1800 on Pricewatch) between the Quadro FX 4500 and Quadro FX 4400, makes little difference to buy the latter.|
The Quadro FX 1400 is much cheaper than it's bigger brothers (at this time around US$450 on Pricewatch). Our benchmark tests showed little differences between the Quadro FX 4500 and Quadro FX 1400, except in SPECViewPerf. In real-world applications where overall performance is balanced out by factors such as CPU and memory on the host computer, the extreme differences between the graphics products are reduced.
• The Quadro FX 4500 earns the raw performance crown. It basically obsoletes Quadro FX 4400 with an updated GPU to give it additional grunt and a new low noise cooling assembly.
• The Quadro FX 540 supports two computer monitors plus a HDTV display simutaneously.
• "works out of the box" No issues with stability during testing.
|The Quadro FX 1400 makes a compelling price/performance case, but keep in mind that this product features one quarter the memory of its bigger brother which would disadvantage it seriously in some applications. The Quadro FX 1400 does not feature dual-link DVI output.The Quadro FX 540 at the current time retails for around US$250 on Pricewatch and was the weakest 3D performer in this group of professional graphics products. |
The Quadro FX 540 supports 2D display output to 1920x1200 (DVI) and 2048 x 1536 (analog HD15) plus a HDTV display via its video breakout box, giving this additional flexibility for use as a film or video studio environment. The Quadro FX range command a much higher price than its comparable GeForce product. While this can make sense for some workstation applications, CineBench appears not to use Quadro-specific features.
• The Quadro FX hefty price tag.