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Quadro K600 or similar GTX/Radeon/FirePro graphics card?

I know, very similar to many others/boring question but bear with me.

Following is my system configuration:

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
AMD Bulldozer FX4100 3.6GHz
16GB Transcend DDR3 (8+8) @ 1333 MHz
Motherboard - Asus M5A78L-MLX V2 (can't support two graphics cards right?)
1TB Seagate SATA HDD (if that makes any difference)

Current graphics card - Radeon HD 5450

I'd like to upgrade my graphics card as it just doesn't seem to do it anymore. Lags a lot while panning/orbiting large models using Autodesk Showcase 2015. I'm going to soon start using Rhino and 3dsMax, and don't want the same thing happening or it taking too long to render.

My budget does not increase beyond the K600, so I cannot buy the K2000. After reading so many reviews, all mixed opinions and case-specific replies, I'm more confused than before. My question is: should I buy the K600 or a similar/equivalent Geforce/Radeon/FirePro (in price also) card. If any of the latter, which card would you recommend?

This is a video of how my Showcase moves right now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWs1Dr0M3LQ

PS: Also, if there's some big sale or something happening in the US, where expensive cards are being sold cheap, do let me know.
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  1. The K600 is indeed on their certified hardware list. The gaming card that you currently have is not, and is not intended for the kind of work that you are doing. Workstation cards come with drivers specific to the kind of work that you do with them that will make them behave more consistently and more reliably than consumer cards. Tom's had an article on this some time this year.

    General answer: Any workstation-specific card will greatly improve your situation. Install the drivers that are specific to it.
  2. WyomingKnott said:
    The K600 is indeed on their certified hardware list. The gaming card that you currently have is not, and is not intended for the kind of work that you are doing. Workstation cards come with drivers specific to the kind of work that you do with them that will make them behave more consistently and more reliably than consumer cards. Tom's had an article on this some time this year.

    General answer: Any workstation-specific card will greatly improve your situation. Install the drivers that are specific to it.


    Okay, I just discovered the FirePro v4800. And this video -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy7rf6rZkNg
    Granted, it's a v4900 in the video, but the performance of v4800 should definitely be great for its price!
    And this - https://forum.solidworks.com/thread/42876
  3. Best answer
    The 5450 is weaker than integrated so it's understandable to have lots of lag. Don't mix other software performance as each software is a different beast. On one hand, rhino has no gpu renderer and opengl works much better on workstation cards. On the other, max does have a gpu renderer which is a lot faster on geforce and max and showcase use directx and is handled nicely with either. You could go with a k600 if you are sticking with a cpu renderer but gpu renderers are going to be at least 5x faster. Rhino does state gtx cards will work fine and autodesk's certified list is just what they test and gtx works fine. They do have gtx cards on it though, they just test workstation cards first since they are given higher priority support.
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