Nvidia will launch the professional counterpart to its GeForce4 graphics chip, Quadro4, on Tuesday, aiming at the market for workstations running high-end 3D CAD/CAM applications. However, some Nvidia fans managed to get their hands on the chips weeks ahead of time.
Quadro4 arrives about two weeks after GeForce4, the consumer version of the chip, and customizes GeForce4's architecture for high-end applications. It is also far more expensive than the retail-priced GeForce line. Since GeForce4's launch, hobbyist Web sites such as Xbit Labs have been offering instructions on how to turn GeForce4 graphics cards into powerful Quadro4 cards by changing the chip ID. To read the full story, visit http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2104582,00.html on ZDNet UK. --Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK