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December 9, 2013 3:55:53 AM

I am stumped and somewhat confused! Could someone please help?
I am facing that same question allot of people have asked in the past.
What is better, usable or affordable when using Autocad?

Now i understand there are various threads which talk about, which graphics cards are best for previous versions of autocad 2008,09,10,ect. But I noticed today when reading the Autocad 2014 requirements it mentions "1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card"
does this mean autocad is now supporting Nvidia and ati consumer graphics cards because they support Direct X?

I recognise that work station cards are better for precise and consistent 3d rendering especially with hardware supported external renders such as V-RAY. my second question is, will I notice any difference when doing complex 2d drawings using a consumer grade or workstation card?

my third question is, what's better for me? I do 2D Architectural design (large complex base plans for new housing developments) with Autocad 2013 (looking at upgrading to 2014) I do allot of photoshop work, some Sketch up and will be developing with 3Ds max in the near future.

Last but not least. The quadro 2000 is at a reasonable price but would a consumer card (ie GTX670 or Ati 7970) beat it also where do the the ATI fire pro's stand? or would it all fall down to Autocad supported hardware?

Any help would be great

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December 9, 2013 4:38:44 AM

This article gives you the performance of Workstation and Consumer cards.
If this was a hobby I would suggest a consumer card for performance.
But you are using it for business purposes. A consumer card is not as accurate as a workstation card. Which could lead to a flawed and useless design.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-workstation-gr...
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December 9, 2013 4:39:15 AM

jaycopes said:
I am stumped and somewhat confused! Could someone please help?
I am facing that same question allot of people have asked in the past.
What is better, usable or affordable when using Autocad?

Now i understand there are various threads which talk about, which graphics cards are best for previous versions of autocad 2008,09,10,ect. But I noticed today when reading the Autocad 2014 requirements it mentions "1,280 x 1,024 true color video display adapter 128 MB or greater, Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater, Microsoft® Direct3D®-capable workstation-class graphics card"
does this mean autocad is now supporting Nvidia and ati consumer graphics cards because they support Direct X?

I recognise that work station cards are better for precise and consistent 3d rendering especially with hardware supported external renders such as V-RAY. my second question is, will I notice any difference when doing complex 2d drawings using a consumer grade or workstation card?

my third question is, what's better for me? I do 2D Architectural design (large complex base plans for new housing developments) with Autocad 2013 (looking at upgrading to 2014) I do allot of photoshop work, some Sketch up and will be developing with 3Ds max in the near future.

Last but not least. The quadro 2000 is at a reasonable price but would a consumer card (ie GTX670 or Ati 7970) beat it also where do the the ATI fire pro's stand? or would it all fall down to Autocad supported hardware?

Any help would be great


i use autodesk maya myself and i have a gtx 770. it's great and responsive and the render times are ok but i'm not really sure if a quadro would do much better. and of course maya is a different program but it's autodesk also. sorry if this is not a lot of help but i also think that you question needs an answer


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December 9, 2013 5:11:24 AM

Unolocogringo said:
This article gives you the performance of Workstation and Consumer cards.
If this was a hobby I would suggest a consumer card for performance.
But you are using it for business purposes. A consumer card is not as accurate as a workstation card. Which could lead to a flawed and useless design.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-workstation-gr...


Thanks thats a great link it answers alot of questions.
So by the looks of it there is no point buying a workstation card for new direct x compatible autocad software, especially when doing 2d. the workstation cards are only worth getting if your doing more complex sort of stuff like Catia or solid works because they are more dependent on open GL.
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