NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M► remove from comparison
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M is the version of 7900 GS video card for notebooks, which is optimized for CAD and professional 3D-applications. Technically, it has the same or similar chip (G71 architecture), but with other Bios and support for professional drivers.
The gaming performance is clearly worse than the 7900 GS (because of the application optimizing). Nonetheless, the most modded drivers can be used, so the Quadro FX 1500M is more a 7900 GS (for the operating system).
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M► remove from comparison
The NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M is a upper mid-range professional graphics card for mobile workstations with about 15" displays. It is based on the same chip as the GeForce GT 335M but can be also equipped with fast GDDR5 graphics memory. The FX1800M is shipped with professional drivers and a special BIOS that improves the performance and stability in applications like CAD and DCC.
The certified drivers guarantee flawless and fast working with professional applications like Premiere, Photoshop, After Effect, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, trueSpace, Blender, Catia, IronCAD, Cinema 4D, Lightwave 3D, Softimage, Mathematica ... A list of all certified applications can be found on the Nvidia.com homepage. Compared to GeForce products, the Quadro FX cards offer a significantly better performance, especially for OpenGL based apps.
The gaming performance should be similar to the GeForce GT 335M, altough gamers should choose a GeForce graphics card because of the optimized driver support (that leads to a better performance and less problems in games). Still all modern and demanding games of 2009 should at least run in medium detail settings (see the GeForce GT 335M page for more gaming results).
The chip is manufactured in 40nm and offers 72 1-dimensional unified shaders. These can be compared to about 300-400 5-dimensional shaders in graphics cards by AMD. These processing cores can also be accessed with CUDA, OpenCL, and DirectCompute to use the calculation power for other tasks than rendering images (for example transcoding videos).
The QuadroFX 1800M also supports PureVideo HD with the new VideoProcessor (VP4) to decode HD videos on the graphics card. This helps reducing CPU load and increasing battery runtimes.
The Quadro FX 1800M also supports the automatic switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics card using Optimus. First mobile workstations do not offer Optimus, as the development cycles of these laptops are very long.
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M► remove from comparison
The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M is a mobile workstation graphics card for high end laptops. It is based on the Geforce GTX 280M core (G92 core) and features 128 CUDA cores (unified shaders).
Compared to the Quadro FX 3700M, the Quadro FX 3800M features a higher clock speed and is manufacturered in 55nm (compared to 65nm of the 3700M). In fact, the FX3800M is clocked even higher than the consumer GeForce GTX 280M and performs notably better as a result.
The Quadro FX series of cards are optimized for professional applications like CAD or DCC. Notably, OpenGL performance should be much improved compared to consumer GeForce cards of similar specifications.
At the time its announcement (December 2009), the FX 3800M was the fastest workstation graphics card for laptops.
|NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M||NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M||NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M|
|Quadro FX Series|
|Pipelines||20 / 7 Pixel- / Vertexshader||72 - unified||128 - unified|
|Core Speed||375 MHz||560 MHz||675 MHz|
|Memory Speed||500 MHz||1100 MHz||1000 MHz|
|Memory Bus Width||256 Bit||128 Bit||256 Bit|
|Memory Type||GDDR3||DDR3, GDDR5||GDDR3|
|Max. Amount of Memory||512 MB||1024 MB||1024 MB|
|API||DirectX 9c, Shader 3.0||DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1||DirectX 10, Shader 4.0|
|Power Consumption||20 Watt||45 Watt||100 Watt|
|Transistors||278 Million||754 Million|
|technology||90 nm||40 nm||55 nm|
|Features||90nm||PowerMizer 9.0, EnergyStar (3.8W), 16x FSAA Support, CUDA, NVIEW, OpenGL 3.2||OpenGL 2.1, CUDA, PowerMizer 8.0|
|Notebook Size||large||medium sized||large|
|Date of Announcement||18.04.2006||01.02.2010||20.12.2009|
|Link to Manufacturer Page||http://www.nvidia.de/page/quadrofx_go.html||http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...||http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_qua...|
|Shader Speed||1125 MHz||1688 MHz|
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M