As we have expected, the transition of Nvidia’s professional graphics card family to the new G80 chips raised their performance to a new level. Nvidia Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600 graphics cards perform much faster in professional applications than the previous generation accelerators.
As for the direct comparison between the Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600, the first card from this pair made a very good impression. Its performance is more than sufficient for successful work in all major professional applications and in some cases it is even faster than the top solution. Moreover, this card is more economical and less expensive than Nvidia Quadro FX 5600. The major advantage of Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 is actually not its unprecedented performance. This graphics card will be of interest to specialists first of all thanks to 1.5GB of onboard memory. There are no other solutions that could boast that much memory in Nvidia’s as well as competitor’s product range. Therefore, this feature makes it irreplaceable for those cases when you need to work fast with large textures.
Unfortunately, we cannot yet compare the Quadro family with the new professional graphics cards from AMD, but we hope that their promising professional products will arrive in our lab shortly. This is when we will make the final conclusions about the leadership in the professional graphics card market. So, stay tuned!