I am a photoshop user trying to decide between the new Quadro 4000 and the GTX 480.
We are building a machine around an i7 970 processor with 12GB ram.
I've read here and other places that the GTX specs generally out do the Quadro card.
But I also have read that there can be disadvantages to using a gamer card for editing graphics.
I am trying to understand why the Quadro card is suggested for photoshop users by Nvidia. Why do they have this line of card?
I do notice the Quadro card has two of the newer Display Ports.
I want to make sure I can:
Run two monitors each with its own, separate, ICC profile.
Maintain a 10 bit color workflow
Can I do these things with with either card? If I go for the GTX card, how gamer-centric is the driver software versus the driver software that comes with the Quadro 4000?
The Geforce cards are faster than the current Quadro cards right now. If you do not have an application that the Quadro has a plugin for then the Geforce cards are normally the better choice and far less expensive. In your case the question revolves around the 10Bit color. Both the Displayport and HDMi 1.3 standard or newer support 10bit color. The problem is finding the HDMI Screen that supports the 1.3 standard and Deep color. That requires more research than the Displayport option. Obviously the new HP 30 inch supports 10bit color with the displayport. It really boils down to whether it's worth your time to spend the extra money for the Quadro versus researching a HDMI 1.3 Display with Deep Color support.
Thanks so much for your response. It definately helps clarify the issue for me.