NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M vs NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 380M► remove
The Nvidia Quadro FX 380M is a professional entry-level graphics card for mobile workstations. It is based on the GeForce 310M and therefore the 3D performance is not very good. Due to special drivers and optimizations, the performance for professional applications should be much better (than the 310M would perform). Another advantage are the certified drivers than ensure a good performance of professional applications without errors.
The card supports DirectX 10.1 and all the features of the G 310M (as it is based on the same GT218 core). Therefore PureVideo HD to decode HD videos with the graphics card is supported. The used Video Processor 4 (VP4) is able to fully decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and also MPEG-4 ASP (DivX or xVID) in hardware to minimize CPU load. MPEG-1 is not supported but can be easily handled by every modern CPU.
The gaming performance of the FX380M is similar to the GeForce 310M and therefore located in the entry level class. The professional drivers are however optimized for applications and may therefore deliver a worse performance. Modern 3D games like COD Modern Warfare 2 run only in low details and resolutions fluently. Some demanding games like NFS Shift or GTA4 wont run fluently at all. Less demanding games like SIMS 3 run in medium details and resolutions fluently. Therefore, the graphics card can not be recommended for gamers.
As the FX380M supports CUDA, DirectX Compute 10.1, and OpenCL, the shaders of the graphics processor can be used for other tasks than rendering images (e.g. faster encoding of videos).
The used GT218 core is manufactured in 40nm and based on the desktop GTX 200 architecture.
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 3800M► remove
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 380M||NVIDIA Quadro FX 2500M||NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M|
|Quadro FX Series|
|16 -||24 / 8||128 -|
|Core||625 MHz||500 MHz||675 MHz|
|Shader||1530 MHz||1688 MHz|
|Memory||800 MHz||600 MHz||1000 MHz|
|Bus||64 Bit||256 Bit||256 Bit|
|Max. Memory||512 MB||512 MB||1024 MB|
|DirectX||DirectX 10.1, 4.1||DirectX 9c, 3.0||DirectX 10, 4.0|
|Transistors||260 Million||278 Million||754 Million|
|Technology||40 nm||90 nm||55 nm|
|Features||DirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL 2.1, certified drivers||90nm||OpenGL 2.1, CUDA, PowerMizer 8.0|