I am planning on building a new computer by the end of this week. Right now im looking at 8800 GT(S,X) cards. I am an Architect trainee, and I need a high performance card for 3D Architectural renderings.
Are high performance gaming cards good for rendering (3D max, Maya, Viz, Mentalray) ?
I heard there is a difference between render and gaming cards. Can anyone validate this claim ?
Most boards should work fine, if you are rendering you want as much cpu power as you can get. Quad core or even skull trail(8 cores by way of 2 sockets).
What makes a work station card slower also is the fact that there is(or should not be) no driver optimization. After all you do not want a flickering texture in what you render. Its a slight inconvenience in a game, but its unacceptable in a rendering job.
As said, in most cases the software renderer is best anyway since it will look the same no matter what card you use(thats how you can set up a rendering farm).