- May 14, 2008
SMH, they don't charge the same amount. That is why the entry level Quadro cards are much cheaper. But to answer the question about the predatory practices, they aren't really predatory. If you don't need the extra level of support, why even buy a Quadro card? Why not just buy a Geforce card? They aren't getting record profits from their Quadro division or their Titan cards, most of their profits come from the regular Geforce line of cards.As for the special drivers and advice/support given: why charge everyone the same ridiculous amount when everyone's needs and usage will vastly vary, even if it's amongst a huge number of customers of the exact same Quadro model number?
They (nVidia) are forcing everyone to essentially pre-purchase the most expensive level of special driver and special support, regardless if most customer won't (and most of them don't) use it to that extent. Record profits due to predatory practices.
Now, the question on why don't they sell a separate service fee for enhanced service is a viable question. Mostly because back in the day everyone expected a certain level of service when buying professional products. There is contract language involved in many transactions requiring certain levels of service when companies or ogranizations buy professional products. So, basically both AMD and Nvidia charge a significant upcharge for their professional cards. It has been less expensive to manufacture them all the same and support them all the same rather than sell it all piecemeal.