One of the most common inquiries when building or upgrading a computer system is which graphics card to use – Geforce vs Quadro. How does each compare in terms of value? For which applications does one work better? It would be difficult enough to choose between these two options if there were no other considerations; but there are, so let’s take a look at some details about them.
Faster clock speeds – Dollar for dollar, GeForce graphics cards generally provide you with a faster graphics processing unit (GPU) processor speeds by around 10-20%. Compared to the more expensive Quadro P2200, the GeForce GTX 3070 has an approximate boost clock speed of 1770MHz. This means that it will perform better in general; making this our next point…
Versatility and value – With so many different types of tasks going around, it may seem difficult to find the right graphics card. But luckily there are varieties of Geforce cards out there that can handle anything from simple gaming to complex video editing. So whichever task you need done, you’ll be able to find the best graphics card out there!
Multi-monitor support – For avid gamers, hard workers who need to keep track of multiple windows at once, or generally anyone on the lookout for optimum graphics performance – a GTX card is your go-to when it comes to peripheral products. If you only require one screen and are considering a workstation grade GPU, then most Quadro products will do just fine; however if you’re looking for peak graphical performance out of two or more screens then consider an RTX series.
Best for: Gaming, all around computing and multi-monitor support for gaming – budget CAD – amateur video editing
Specific Render tasks – Quadruple cards are created for very specific tasks like the rendering of CAD designs and professional-grade videos. This type of work, which often includes wire frame, double sided polygons renders similar to those found in various CAD applications – makes Quadro unquestionably superior when compared to Geforce; outperforming it by a significant degree
Extreme Power – Geforce does have top-of-the-line options such as the RTX 3080 Ti, but for those looking to max out their system, you can’t beat a Quadro. For example, the Quadro RTX 6000 sports an astounding 48GB of GDDR6x VRAM and 10752 CUDA cores – enough power (38 TFLOPS) to compete with current generation supercomputers! And that’s just one card. This is where Geforce cards fall short. But it doesn’t stop there: Quads offer higher bandwidth thanks to NVLink connections, enabling even greater performance ceilings!
Double precision computations – For complex numerical computations such as those used in scientific and other types of calculations, Quadro performs much better than its competitors. Although this is a niche application only some people will be interested in, if it applies to you then you’ll understand the benefits.
Durability/Warranty – Unlike GeForce cards which are more geared towards gaming enthusiasts, Quadro graphics processing units can take the brunt of day-to-day usage better. They offer a longer and more extensive warranty period on average due to this endurance.
Best for: CAD rendering, professional video production, 3D design, certain scientific calculations.
So at the end of the day, which is better?
Ultimately, it comes down to what you need out of your graphics card. I usually recommend Geforce cards since they are known for being versatile and providing great value. However, if you need a more powerful device that is designed specifically for CAD or video editing- then Quadro would be my recommendation.