Theres good news for DCC/CAD professionals on a budget. As we all know the new FireGL series has dominated most professional benchmarks and won almost every editor's choice award. It is reigning supreme in the professional segment right now. But these graphic cards still cost quite a lot. FireGL V5600 costs $600. No big deal, if you have good budget. But what about the people who are on a tight budget? Do they have to settle for the gaming cards like Radeons and Geforces which cant push profesional graphics all that well and moreover suffer from weird viewport gliches. Nope sir Now you can soft mod the humble 100$ "ATI HD 2600XT" to "ATI FireGL V5600". Its possible because they both have the same core hardware. Many thanks to the chinese whiz who released the modded drivers. My ATI HD2600XT before soft modding: After softmodding magically transforms to ATI FireGL V5600 That apart lets check out the results. I benched the ATI HD 2600XT before and after mods at home with C2D E6750. Benched Quadro FX1500 at work on E6400. The quadro FX4600 and the original FireGL V5600 results I took from 3dprofessor as they were tested with similar CPU(C2d E6700) albeit with good 4GB perfomance RAM. Lets see how my modded beauty fares SPECviewperf 10 I dont think Quadro FX1500 is much of a competition to my 100$ modded beauty. Il spare it the humiliation in further tests Notice theres a 10% perf difference btw the softmodded FireGL and the original one. Maybe because of the following factors: 1. I used DDR3 HD 2600XT. 2. The FireGL V5600 has 512MB RAM. 3. Faster memory they say. 4. Any mild inequality factors existing in systems. Theres something to be considered. FireGLV5600 is in the entry-mid segment whereas Quadro FX4600 is in the ultra high end segment costing 3 times as much :rofl: Verdict: Succesfully procured a 100$ workstation monster card that is able to lock horns with the mighty Quadro FX 4600. Case closed!