The heart of the FX 3000 is the NV35GL graphics chip. It is based on the NV35 that has found use in the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra gaming card for some time now. By the way, the GeForce FX 5900 is clocked at 450 MHz in 3D mode; the FX 3000 is 50 MHz slower. Buyers beware: In the area of workstation applications, the link between clock speed and performance is not easy to make.
The graphics chips and memory are the same, but the workstation cards have extra graph instructions, and drivers that make them out perform the game cards in bus applications.
What video card would you choose? In our system, we decided to go with the Quadro FX 2000. This card alone would double the cost of the system. Did we need the QuadroFX instead of a slower Quadro4-class card? Probably