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Two GTX 780 SLI Vs. One Quadro 4000

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April 27, 2014 9:51:48 PM

I am building a gaming computer very soon and need to be able to game AND render CAD drawings, 3d models, videos, animation, etc. Would the quadro be necessary? If i get 2 GTX 780's SLI them together would they render as well as a single quadro 4000? would I see any benefit from getting the quadro?
ALSO if the suggestion of just getting a single TITAN comes to mind I thought of that, but 3 cards can be bought over time where as one titan is a lot of money to save up and not be able to do anything until i get the money and then it comes in. It MIGHT be possible but...I would rather get multiple smaller cards.
April 27, 2014 9:55:05 PM

Get a GTX 780 and a Quadro for the absolute best performance in both areas as you can game and render with both at very high speeds
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April 27, 2014 10:21:02 PM

I wouldn't because many of my sources say that the new 800 series is just a more economical version of the 700 series with a tiny bit more power but you can wait till the 800 series for the price drop of the 700 series
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April 27, 2014 10:09:30 PM

The 8xx series and new Titan will be out shortly ..... I'd wait and see what they have to offer. GeForce cards make great AutoCAD cards both in 2D and 3D..... rendering on the other hand generally likes Quadro.....but can be application specific. Also some rendering apps won't use a 2nd card in SLI.
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April 27, 2014 10:30:49 PM

Gtx titan would help in both. Its the best GTX/Quadro hybrid and will excel at both work and gaming.
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April 27, 2014 10:34:53 PM

ak47jar3d said:
Gtx titan would help in both. Its the best GTX/Quadro hybrid and will excel at both work and gaming.


I agree you might have to go Titan, if you can afford it get 2
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April 28, 2014 4:28:19 PM

How would a Titan rank up with the Quadro 4000 as far as rendering goes?
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April 28, 2014 4:34:53 PM

Do you know if the programs you are using specifically require a Quadro card to run fast?

The reason I ask is because Quadro cards are the same hardware as gaming GTX video cards. The only difference is Nvidia charges an insanely lot more money for them... and they have special software (drivers) that help in certain programs. If the programs require and uses these special driver features, then the Quadro will be faster (but not because it is better hardware, but because Nvidia is using software/driver trickery). So, make sure the programs will definitely run faster on a Quadro, before you waste all that money on one.

Technical note: I don't know for sure, but the Quadro might have faster double precision floating point... but if it does, it's probably only because they crippled it for gaming cards. An AMD gaming card has much faster double precision floating point because they didn't cripple that feature.
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April 28, 2014 4:41:00 PM

BTW, what are all the work programs you will be using and the type of tasks you will be doing in each program? Maybe I can check if they benefit from video card acceleration and/or workstation cards.
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April 28, 2014 5:02:03 PM

Well I'm probably going with a TITAN now anyways but a short list of software would be:
Autodesk: AutoCAD, Inventor, 3ds Max
Adobe: Master Collection CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, possibly After Effects
Possibly a few others like Blender

This is all for my own ideas and projects. I don't do modelling or artwork for a job just myself. I also use music software but that shouldn't really have anything to do with graphics cards. Also some programming I major in computer science and will eventually be trying to make my own video game. Hence needing ability to game, render graphics, and the music I mentioned.

Still as I said I'll probably go with a Titan just to get the best of both worlds.
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April 28, 2014 5:58:45 PM

Gtx titan is far better than any gtx card. Compared to Quadro, is not as good but those cards costs 5x times as much and are bad for gaming. If plan using 3d engines (unreal or unity), Quadro cards give no benefits and gtx cards actually do better. So for game development, Quadro doesn't provide benefits outside of auto desk and cad. Photoshop is not very demanding and gtx cards perform well enough to use all features.
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April 28, 2014 6:01:50 PM

Hmm, I don't know if the workstation card will make a difference there.
However, make sure you have a good CPU and lots of RAM for those programs. They will both have an impact. (but you may know all that already :)  )

Also, some of those programs may require you to manually enable the video card acceleration features to get extra performance out of them; I remember dealing with that a while back in another post.
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April 28, 2014 6:17:36 PM

I agree with KevinAr18, you will need 16 gb of ram and an awesome cpu (i5 at least). Most engines require some type of build process (like build lighting in unreal engine) will put your cpu is max usage.
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April 28, 2014 6:23:36 PM

Well personally I don't use Intel (I don't want to start a big fight about it) so I'll be running an Amd Fx-9590 Fx-series 8-core Black Edition, as far as I can tell AMD's top of the line (may not be but either way its what I'm getting) and I'll be running 32Gb of RAM and the Titan as mentioned.
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April 28, 2014 6:30:50 PM

You are set, all engines that I have used support multithreading and your fx processor is a monster is apps like that. The most ram I have seen get used is 24 gb of ram (build 4 entire levels at once). You pc is up to par for any content creation if you get titan.
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April 28, 2014 6:53:20 PM

cool thanks for all the help getting some details figured out!
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