HELP! Quadro P4000 vs RTX 2080

Hello everyone!

I am new here and this is my first question :slightly_smiling_face:

I am about to pull the trigger and buy a new laptop to dedicate exclusively to visuals and generative art in general.

I will be using mainly touchdesigner and resolum (just for video mapping).

I want to invert the money in something that would allow me to create interactive projects, ideally projected in multiple walls, connect kinect and leapmotions.

At this point I was thinking to buy a custom laptop from PCspecialist and I am not sure which GPU I should pick.

Some people told me that RTX are better and that I do not need a Quadro, reading online some people suggest a Quadro because of its stability.

Could you please help me with this? My GPUs knowledge is well limited :confused:

Many thanks :slight_smile:

Hi there! Concurrent generation Quadro and GeForce cards are really similar (if not the same) chipsets; with Quadro, everything is ‘unrestricted,’ i.e. there are no limitations enforced by NVIDIA, unlike GeForce where NVIDIA purposefully turns a bunch of pro features off.

Sometimes this is a big deal; for example, if you need to encode/decode a bunch of H.264s at once, Quadro is your best bet: https://developer.nvidia.com/video-encode-decode-gpu-support-matrix

And, if you’re going to be using more than one GPU in a system build, you gotta go Quadro. Touch won’t recognize more than a single GeForce card in a system.

But for the vast, vast majority of TouchDesigner/Resolume users, GeForce cards suffice, at a fraction of the cost of Quadro. If you’re willing to roll the dice in terms of stability, it’s probably a <1 in a thousand chance you’ll have issues with your GeForce card. Pretty rare, but it definitely happens way more often than it does with Quadro. Quadro is QC tested to death compared to GeForce; they fail almost never. That’s part of the premium you’re paying for; NVIDIA vets Quadro hardcore, it’s for the srs.

I would never get a Quadro card in a laptop though, they are ridiculously slow and have a fraction of the speed you’d get from a 2080+, for like double the price haha. I’d go 2070 or above in a laptop, but keep in mind it’s going to be the mobile version, so it’s not quite as fast as the desktop counterpart.

If you can, I’d build a SFFPC (small form factor pc) with a 2080ti or RTX 6000, whichever fits your budget, in a Dan A4 or Ghost S1 with a portable 15" display and keyboard/mouse. That way, you carry desktop power around with you in something that fits in a Pelican carry-on. Four outputs? No problem. With a laptop… good luck lol. I mean sure, SFFPC is a bit bigger, but it’s like a night and day difference in immersive media projects. Cheers!

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Thank you so much for your reply, this really helps me!

So you would suggest to go for a desktop over a laptop? I know benefits are a lot, but I was thinking to configure my own laptop with pcspecialist as I would love to keep it as portable as possible… would that be a good idea?
Can you suggest me any other online shop that does that and could be better (possibly cheaper ehehe) than pcspecialist?

Many thanks again!

Sure thing!

If portability is the single most important factor, get a laptop. I love my razerblade 15", but that’s because portability && performance are the most important values to me in it, in that order. You can get a much cheaper build from somewhere like pcspecialist that is a bit heavier, yet as a result has much better cooling and probably better specs than a razer.

If performance, cost and portability are really important to you–in that order–build a SFFPC. It’s always cheaper to build your own system than get one built for you, and in my opinion, more intrinsically rewarding :slight_smile:. I’m sure pcspecialist is good and all, but at the end of the day, the bigger your system is, the better cooling it has, ergo the more performance it can have.

It is always comes down to thermals – never underestimate them!

Cheers!