im at university and looking at puschasing a notebook that will be mainly used for running a CAD program (Solidworks) but im sure i will still be doing light gaming etc. i understand workstation graphic cards like nvidia quadro 350m are specifically suited to this with open gl drivers. will the quadro run normal games well, or do the standard cards shine there? eg ati x1400/x1600. also is it worth the price difference???
If your going to be doing CAD then you have to decide if the work or games is more important, since the quadro series will perform better due to optimised drivers (though the 350m is i think 6200 based and not that powerful anyway) the 350m will run games but will take a hit compared to normal cards.
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the quadro will mop the floor with any gaming card for CAD work. if your going to do CAD work, dont gimp yourself..get yourself the quadro. it will still play games, although i am not sure at what settings, etc, but it will not be better then a gaming card for games.