The drivers for Nvidia’s Quadro FX series resemble the ForceWare software you may be familiar with by the company’s gaming cards. The control panel has the same user interface and almost the same settings. The only difference is that the settings profiles mostly refer to professional rather than gaming applications.
Nvidia’s developers follow a somewhat different approach to driver optimizations than their colleagues from AMD. Nvidia’s professional drivers cannot change the active settings profile automatically depending on what application is running at the moment, leaving this task to the user. This should not be a problem as professionals usually work with only one software suite. But if you’ve got several applications, switching between them is going to be an inconvenience. However, Nvidia users can access all the settings and can edit or create new profiles.
It should be noted that the basic drivers are not the only thing that Nvidia provides for its professional cards. You can download two more Quadro FX optimized products from the company’s website: MAXtreme 3D and Powerdraft. These are special Performance Drivers for graphics acceleration in Autodesk 3ds max and Autodesk AutoCAD. With these drivers professional cards get an additional, and quite substantial, performance boost in the mentioned CAD applications.