Best Video Card for GIS Tags: Graphics Cards GIS Nvidia Graphics Product Last response: May 2, 2009 1:54 AM in Graphics & Displays Share SteveMont May 1, 2009 9:48:44 PM I am the GIS Technician for a small town. I'm building a new system, and was wondering if the nVidia 9500 GT (1Gb) would be a suitable card. If not, what would you suggest for GIS/CAD use? Thanks! More about : video card gis Godhatesusall May 1, 2009 10:05:56 PM 1gb is just ovekill for the 9500.Stick with the 512mb counterpart or if you are willing to spend $30 more,the 4770 would be perfect: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Raviolissimo May 1, 2009 10:21:34 PM http://www.sonoma-county.org/PRMD/activemap/index.htm that's an example of the output of the Sonoma County GIS crew. in their case they were stitching together aerial photographs & coordinating it with county parcel numbers to come up with a big integrated visual database that was also linked into topological maps. i think the 9500 would be adequate for that unless you are doing stuff like loading DEM's from the USGS. those can result in HUGE polygon meshes that you need graphics horsepower to do any work with. i work with similar size meshes & do all right with an ATI 3870. in my case i needed compatibility with Max & Maya, and that was for a system i bought in October 2008. my rule of thumb is, a graphics card should be out for a year before you consider it for a professional use, because it takes time to sort out driver bugs & your time is worth $$$. at this point, the ATI 4850 & 4870 have been out for about a year, plenty of time to make the drivers stable. On the Nvidia side, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 9800 GT with 1 GB RAM, $150. for GIS/CAD use I would suggest a card with any one of those GPU's (4850, 4870, 9800) from EVGA or Asus, if it has mostly good reviews on Newegg. that is, 256 bit, with at least 512 MB RAM. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer kelfen May 2, 2009 1:54:12 AM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... best price/performance your gonna get Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumLooking to buy a new laptop (running GIS software) ForumBest video cards for GIS Forum~$1,500 Video Editing/ GIS /Gaming Build ForumEntry level workstation for GIS and scientific computing (1000$) ForumNeed advice for a ~$1000 build for GIS /3D Modeling ForumGeographic Information Systems ( GIS ) Build ForumGaming/CAD/ GIS $1700 System ForumGood laptop GPU for GIS work Forum$600 GIS and Multi-tasking rig ForumARC GIS Simple applications ForumBest card for under 600 ForumZ68 chipset - Logix virtu feature and rear panel video output ForumNew build advice - $3k for GIS /wildlife research computer? ForumVideo Editing & Gaming Build Graphics/Display ForumGood Card for Mapping??? ForumGtx 660 [non-ti] or Radeon HD 7850 ForumPhotoshop/ Video Card? ForumGraphic card please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 ForumBest GPU(s) to suite my needs? plz chime in! ForumHow do I now if I need a new video card? More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !