> Well, I tried the Softquadro4 on my MSI Ti4400.
> It installed perfectly and showed my card as a Quadro4 750xgl.
> However, when I tried to benchmark it, SpecviewPerf 6 froze up on most
And it will too. Remember that unlike previous Quadro chipsets, the Quadro4 is
different from its GeForce4 counterpart. The GeForce4 is actually lacking a few of
the hardware features found on the Quadro this time around (same applies to the FX
line). These couple lacking features are provided in software, however seem to be
quite buggy. SoftQuadro does not get along well with XSI and Pro/E and other apps
that try to make use of multiple hardware overlay planes or hardware AA'd
Quote:> One test I did get to run actually showed a small drop in performance.
> So, I am back to running it as a good ol Ti4400.
> Perhaps it didnt like the 43.45 drivers? Not sure.
It performs about like this with previous drivers too. SoftQuadro can be of use
for some applications... I think it actually might speed up Lightwave a bit and
I've read mixed reports about Maya4 (don't know about Maya5). It destroys game
performance in every instance I've witnessed games running with it.
Quadro drivers (which are able to run with SoftQuadro) are optimized differently
than regulare GeForce drivers. They are not better, just different with a
different purpose in mind. If you run mostly OpenGL and more professional
applications with very little OpenGL * you could see a benefit by running
SoftQuadro. However, if your OpenGL applications make use of the functions that
are not integrated into the GeForce hardware (overlay planes, AA lines, stencil
lines, stencil bufffer, etc..), then it will *and/or crash.
Quote:> Oh well, the performance of my Ti4400 has yet to let me down, in Lightwave,
> or games, so Im not too disappointed.
> I'm eyeing the new 5900Ultra though, but jeez it's SO expensive! So much for
> competition keeping prices low! :)
What competition? ...That's the problem. The closest is ATI, but while their
specs are impressive on paper, they have yet to truly deliver anything close to
what those cards should be able to do (with the exception of a few games). And
their OpenGL performance and support is still poor in comparison to nVidia and
3DLabs. ATI has improved their drivers and the cards do now work with more
applications like Lightwave, but I still wouldn't recommend them to any serious
user and don't even think about using ATI with XSI or other larger OpenGL
applications. You're just asking for trouble there...
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