Originally Posted by Livin
Yes, the Quadro is a professional card... made for CAD, Photo editing, Video editing, etc... thus, it should be able to compete (at minimum) with a low-end consumer card. The professional and consumer cards are always very similar (usually same silicon and driver core)... the difference usually the testing cycles (and ISV certifications) for professional are much more rigorous and they don't bother with game optimizations in the drivers - they focus on ISV (app) optimization. I used to work for Dell and very closely with NVidia & AMD for Dell's consumer and commercial side of PC/workstation class systems.
I have a Quadro FX2700M in my production notebook
I don't think NVIDIA expects users to use it for HTPC video playback. From pure 3D performance, video DECODE performance, it can compete favorably with low end consumer cards, but just like game optimizations are avoided, it is possible that NVIDIA would have forsaken optimizing Quadro drivers for HTPC features or even enabling them.
The question still remains... Can the user control the same settings/tweaks with NVidia drivers, and they can with AMD? My findings so far say AMD gives the user a LOT more control... but maybe I'm missing something?
NVIDIA has options spread all over their control panel pages, while AMD has all controls in one page. Maybe that is what you are missing
(in addition to the fact that you are comparing against different generations of different vendors -- some post processing aspects options are simply not present in the control panel if the GPU is too old or too weak to support it).
I see your point on optimizing for benchmark tests and agree about the subjective nature of PQ... though, I have seen tests stating some of the Intel GPUs just simply cannot render some types of images - not talking decoding, simply rendering.
Source? I know there were lots of problems in the Clarkdale and initial Sandy Bridge days when the Intel GPU refused to behave well with open source decoders / renderers (MPC-HC + EVR-CP IIRC). But, this has long since been resolved. Can you show me a recent piece or forum post where the 'simply rendering' aspect is broken in Intel GPUs -- talking about HD3000 / HD4000.
Thus, it makes me wonder about the rest of the chip's abilities to do anything else well. All-in-all, I've decided Intel video (chip + drivers) is too problematic... Intel is still putting our Intel video "beta" IMO. I read the Intel forums a bit yesterday and there are some seriously crazy issues that are plaguing many users, even on the latest chips.
Link? I would definitely like to investigate the reports, particularly since pre-built SFF HTPCs using IVB have started appearing in the market.
At this point, I'm only considering AMD and NVidia... and I suspect I'll stick with AMD since I'm leaning towards an A8 series CPU.
If you are happy with AMD, then, by all means go for it! It all depends on the usage scenario.