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I bought the above card for work purposes. I was shocked to find its not as good as the geforce series for gaming. Given its spec, i assumed this would be fine.

I am trying to use the card for certain games, and although the graphics seem fine, cinematics within the game stutter badly.

Ive been having a play with settings, and different drivers, but i cannot get rid of the stutter. What can I do to mitigate the problems I am facing?

The games in question are:

wolfenstein, the old blood Wolfenstein new order

My system:

Dell Precision T3610 16GB DDR XEON 3.7 processor 1TB HDD Nvidia Quadro 5600 FX

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    The FX series is pretty old. Your workstation on the other hand is a significantly more recent vintage. To add to that, the sort of things a quadro is optimised for is different from gaming - and the drivers may reflect that.
    – Journeyman Geek
    May 18, 2015 at 13:50
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    Maybe post those specs. Everywhere I'm looking, specs say that 5600FX is a crummy, old card which was good 6 generations ago.
    – Agent_L
    May 18, 2015 at 15:27
  • So, what did you pay for that card? May 18, 2015 at 16:19
  • Also, keep in mind that when new high profile games come out, nVidia usually specifically updates the drivers for their gaming cards to help out with performance for that game. These updates likely don't make it to the business cards.
    – Kik
    May 18, 2015 at 18:29
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    only 70 for the card. More for work (developer/designer). So not a major issue. Sounds like my issue is codec related, game graphics are fine, its just the cinematics that stutter...more time to play around with it at the weekend. thanks for the info May 19, 2015 at 14:54

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First I must apologise as in my haste to find out just what your card was, I missed the nuance in your question that stated (quite clearly, now I look at it again):

I am trying to use the card for certain games, and although the graphics seem fine, cinematics within the game stutter badly.

It would appear that it is not the actual horsepower of the card you are having a problem with, but the video decoder that is built into it.

Chances are that any cinematics are encoded using h.264, this is quite likely as it would afford the highest quality visual with the lowest storage space cost. Given the relatively recent cards that the Wolfenstein series state as their minimum recommended card (see below) it is entirely possible that they expect to be able to fully offload all H.264 encoding to the graphics card, as every card after the G80 that yours is based on has a full decoding pipeline for h.264. Certainly every card since those they recommend (the GTX 460) would be able to decode the video entirely on the graphics card.

Your card though is a halfway house, it has some h.264 decoding abilities but not all of them. The G80 that powers your card was made before the chip that powers the 8600 in the image below. In terms of video decoding ability if it equivalent to the Geforce 7 series:

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image borrowed from http://www.anandtech.com/show/2220

Your G80 chip is lacking several key parts to allow your system to fully offload the very intensive h.264 decoding task to the GPUs PureVideo decoder.

Which means that the game will either be offloading all of the video decoding to your CPU or, at the very least, a substantial quantity of decoding. How much decoding it offloads is dependant on whether the games use their own methods to display the video or whether they pass the video to Windows to play.

Either way this means that the CPU is doing the task of decoding something. If the game itself fell back to a built-in software decoder, it could be one that is poorly optimised for multicore processors. I would actually be surprised if your CPU cannot handle h.264 decoding using its own brute force.

I'm not entirely sure why they would be stuttering, as they should be failing over to full CPU decoding and you should have enough grunt to be able to do it, my only assumption would be that it is somehow trying and failing to properly use the video decoder on the GPU as it expects a more capable graphics card.

Depending on how the game displays the video (internal vs external codecs) there may not be an easy way fix it.


The Quadro FX 5600 is not a fast card for either CAD or gaming, not by today's standards. It is the workstation equivalent of a Geforce GT 8800. This is the card that has the same chip as yours and it was released in 2007. This should give you one idea of why your card is slow.

While the 8800 is (was) not particularly a slouch it has been surpassed many times by more modern cards in a similar price bracket.

Suppliers don't tend to mark down their workstation cards in the same way that consumer cards do, this creates a false impression of just how fast a workstation card will be when compared to a consumer card.

Modern high end games also expect more grunt from a card than they used to. Your card claims to be about 500 GFLOPS of performance, a current generation high-ish card is around 1500 to 3000 GFLOPS or more.

To add slightly more insult to injury I had a look at http://www.videocardbenchmark.net and found your card in the "High Mid Range" cards with a score of 695. A current generation mid range card that I would expect to be able to play games comfortably on easily scores 4000+. I would recommend that site to anyone who a relatively quick idea of how one card will perform next to another for gaming tasks.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood recommends a minimum of a GTX 560 for it to be playable. Going back to the list on Video Card Benchmark the GTX 560 has a score of 3117 and has 1000+ GFLOPS of performance along with a lot of DirectX 11 features like hardware Tesselation which can dramatically improve model detail with low performance cost. This probably means that on your FX 5600 the game will be nearly unplayable on all but the lowest settings.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has slightly more modest minimum requirements, only recommending a GTX 460, but this is still several generations newer than your card and will have a lot of performance enhancing features that your current card is lacking.

I am sorry, but your card is below minimum recommended specifications for pretty much all current generation games.

I would be interested to know where you got the card and, if you paid a significant amount for it, what their returns policy would be.

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    To put things even more in perspective, the Intel Iris 6100 which is integrated in processors and it's not even the fastest of the integrated, scores 955. Sure it might have less functionality, etc. but that's what 8 years of progress do.
    – Marco Mp
    May 19, 2015 at 10:18
  • The card isnt slow. I have cinematic stutter only. Graphics are fine...card is fast. May not be most up to date, but serves my purpose. Better than the one i had. Thanks for info May 19, 2015 at 14:55
  • @ShaunTheSheep I had missed that particular nuance in your question and it is entirely possible that given the age of your card that it is lacking hardware h.264 decoding that newer cards have and so your stuttering during cinematics is due to your system reverting to doing it via the CPU. This page suggests that the G80 chip lacks the hardware decoder, I will look into it and edit my question later. hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1194656
    – Mokubai
    May 19, 2015 at 16:44
  • @ShaunTheSheep I have prepended an apology and some more information to my answer.
    – Mokubai
    May 19, 2015 at 17:49
  • @MarcoMp 955 what? GFLOPS?
    – vyi
    May 20, 2015 at 6:38
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You were wrong to assume that just because the spec of the Quadro looks similar to some high ends cards that it would be fine for gaming as they are quite the opposite.

While a GeForce with similar specs is meant for intense high FPS applications such as games, the Quadro is far more suited to things such as graphic design where precision and detail is far more important than speed.

Regarding the stutter, I would start at the very lowest settings and work your way up.

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It's true, Quadro (and Tesla) are not the same as FX or GTX series. The GeForce 5600FX might have done the job. It is still the default AGP choice for the AGP boxes out there that will not boot without a GPU card. It is good for games c. 2003. It is just below minimum BF2 requirements. But you have the quadro which is better for raytracing or AutoCAD, say.

For your box, I would recommend the GTX750Ti (SC). It is a short card and does not draw 75W, and does not require an extra lead. It will just slot in, the Dell tool-less knuckle will hold it. This is an early example of Maxwell and does not get too warm. It will play BF3 on a modest resolution on high or even ultra. It will play BF4 acceptably. It should still cope with your work, but be prepared in case it does not. There are sites for comparing these.

But if changing out the card is not an option...

  1. Disable all anti-aliasing.
  2. Low quality texture options.
  3. Wind back resolution or window the game, go 800 x 600.

Cinematics ? This may be a codec issue. I can't make any recommendations. This is a problem for a lot of historical media. Quicktime today has real problems rendering some 90's cd-extra content (for example).

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Gaming cards and workstation cards are optimized for different things. Many years ago I saw a head-to-head benchmark between the leading gaming card and the leading workstation card that made the difference clear: the gaming card excelled at pushing millions of simply-textured polygons to the screen (think: Quake 3) where the workstation card was getting maybe a tenth the framerate, while the workstation card could handle huge textures, millions of point sprites, or precision-antialiased lines that the gaming card struggled with.

With the way that modern graphics cards can be used as general-purpose massively parallel vector processors, I expect the difference has only grown.

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