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Graphics card: What's the difference between NVS and FX?

2009-08-13, 15:00 PM

I am looking at two graphics cards online for a D20 workstation. One is NVIDIA Quadro 256MB NVS 295, and the other is NVIDIA Quadro 256MB FX380. My question is, what's the difference? They are both the same size, at 256MB, but I'm not familiar enough with graphics to know what the difference is between and FX380 and NVS 295. I've tried looking around online, with no luck.


Any help would be greatly appreciated. I would assume the differences come in what you are going to use the card for, correct?


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Re: Graphics card: What's the difference between NVS and FX?

2009-08-13, 15:50 PM

quadro NVS cards are meant for 2D business graphics and driving multiple displays.   most NVS cards run silent as they don't have an active fan -- only a heatsink.


quadro FX cards are meant for 3D, CAD, multimedia, and heavy graphics processing.


you can visit nvidia's site to learn more...

NVS: http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadronvs.html

FX: http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html



if you need specific recommendations then we'll need to know more about what you do (or intend to do) with your system.



(edited for clarification)

Message Edited by erik on 08-13-2009 11:52 AM

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Re: Graphics card: What's the difference between NVS and FX?

2009-08-25, 19:56 PM

Thought this might be useful for future reference.


Detailed specs of ATI Firepro  V3700 and up, Nvidia Quadro FX380 and up.



Huge list of every ATI Firepro card with side by side specs:



Huge list of every Nvidia Quadro card with side by side specs:



Original article here:  Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 5.6 http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=95

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