NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M► remove
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 2500M► remove
This is a professional video card for notebooks from NVidia It is based on 7900GTX.
The application performance is very good due to special professional drivers (3D rendering, CAD), but the gaming performance is weaker. With modded drivers, it should work like a 7900 GTX.
|NVIDIA Quadro FX 1800M||NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M|
|Quadro FX Series|
|72 -||24 / 8|
|Core||560 MHz||500 MHz|
|Memory||1100 MHz||600 MHz|
|Bus||128 Bit||256 Bit|
|Max. Memory||1024 MB||512 MB|
|DirectX||DirectX 10.1, 4.1||DirectX 9c, 3.0|
|Technology||40 nm||90 nm|
|Features||PowerMizer 9.0, EnergyStar (3.8W), 16x FSAA Support, CUDA, NVIEW, OpenGL 3.2||90nm|