We’ve been prepping to release a number of gaming-related content podcasts but we’ve run into some serious compatibility issues. We use professional use workstation-class hardware and it is capable of gaming but the driver support for gaming is just not where it needs to be. Aside from the driver issue, we also use a special display configuration to maximize productivity that “breaks” many games.
Display Configuration –
Most gaming systems use only 1 monitor where is it’s not uncommon for workstations to use 2, 3 or many more monitors. We’ve also seen 16 monitors used for gaming but that required some superpowered hardware and even special add-in cards to handle everything. If you want to check out a sweet system for gaming across 16 monitors, running at an eye-watering 16K resolution, check out the Linus Tech Tips video here:
Driver Issues –
Quadro is an amazing graphics card for workstations and has the utility to push our system to its limits. However, Nvidia offers 2 very different driver support paths, that in our experience has a very drastic effect on the performance, compatibility and utility of the system.
Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) Most users select this choice for optimal stability and performance. It also offers ISV certification and long lifecycle support
Quadro New Feature Driver (QNF) Users occasionally select this choice for bug fixes, new features, new VR headset support or new Game Engine support. Support duration is shorter than ODE
Taking all of this into account, the latest ODE driver which we use, had its last update released on June 10th, 2019. We use this driver because it offers the best system stability and support for the workstation hardware/software that we use. It also supports our monitor configuration without any issues. It’s fully capable of gaming and does work very well, pushing out extremely high frame rates but does not support a lot of the dedicated gaming features and even breaks some games.
Now if we look at the QNF driver, that’s a whole nother story. For some reason that we are unaware of, Nvidia just not develope their “New Feature Driver” as often as needed. The last update for the QNF driver was released on November 13th, 2018 with an update to support the new Quadro RTX product line.
Our current card the Nvidia Quadro P5000 runs games on par with the Nvidia GeForce 1080 and only slightly slower than the Nvidia GeForce 1080Ti. It offers 16GB on on-board memory, a huge jump over the 8GB on the 1080 and even a large jump over the 11GB on the 1080Ti.
Having 16GB of onboard memory is great for games like Gears of War 4 that in 4K with 4K textures enabled requires a minimum of 6GB texture memory alone.
We are currently designing a new gaming only system and a new higher-powered desktop workstation so we can lighten the load on our mobile workstation and crank out better content. If you would link to help out, check our Support Us page to find out how.