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The Inquirer: Graphics Card Premiums Overprice OpenGL

Dec 06, 2005, 03:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nebojsa Novakovic)

"When comparing a given Nvidia Quadro versus its GeForce counterpart, or an ATI FireGL vs an equivalent Radeon, we can't help wondering if all the extra driver validation and software certification support is really worth triple or quadruple the pricing of essentially the same card with the OpenGL functionality unlocked and DeviceID essentially being the only difference.

"Yes, it does cost a lot of $$$ to maintain a certification for high-end software like Pro/Engineer or 3DStudio Max--and when you have 30 such apps on the list, the driver has to be more expensive then usual. Without those certifications, the users who paid many thousand quid for the software licence paper, might not be able to get full support from their application vendors..."

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