The Inquirer: Graphics Card Premiums Overprice OpenGL
Dec 06, 2005, 03:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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..."