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Mar 19, 2013

This is What NVIDIA Doesn't Want You to Know: Turn GeForce Cards Into Quadro or Tesla

Depending on what kind of social circles you are part of, it can be a well-known or little-known fact that gaming and professional graphics cards use much of the same hardware.

NVIDIA did its best to make it impossible to “persuade” a system that a GeForce GTX card is actually a Quadro, or vice versa. The same with the more recent Tesla series. Nevertheless, where there is a will, there is a way, and EEVblog forum member “gnif” has the way. Long story short, by changing a pair of tiny components on the PCB (called SMDs), you can turn, say, a GeForce GTX 690 into a Quadro K5000.  This is convenient because the GTX 690 is almost $1,000 / 1,000 Euro cheaper than Quadro K5000, and yet Quadro K5000 has just one GPU and runs 25-30% slower than the gaming card. Which is somewhat ridiculous.

Quadro K5000 only has Mosaic support as an advantage: allows up to 3 screens in 2d to run well under OSes besides Windows (Linux is popular with businesses). Follow the link above to see how to transform a GTX 690 into a dual-GPU, stronger version of Quadro K5000.

Turn NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 to Quadro/Tesla
Images credits to gnif on EEVBlog Forums


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