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NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB or ATI Radeon HD 4870

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August 1, 2009 9:23:15 AM

Im an Architecture major and I wanted recommendations for 3d modeling and graphics work....

which is better for my type of programs such as Rhino, AutoCad, Maya and Revit?

NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB

OR

ATI Radeon HD 4870

I bought a Mac Pro G5 with quad core and ATI Radeon HD 4870.. Should I exchange for 2 Quad Cores and NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB ?

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August 1, 2009 11:31:13 AM

You may want to look at a workstation card for those apps.
Something like a Quadro (Nvidia) or FireGL/FirePro (ATI).
Expensive cards but they're specifically made for CAD apps and while not any gamer video card, they do what they're designed to do much better than the GeForce/Radeon equivalents. I'm no expert and have little to no experience with CAD programs and 3D modeling...I'm sure someone else can back me up on this, or explain in better detail?

The GeForce GT 120 is a fairly weak card by today's standards though. By doing a quick search, you'll find it's a rebranded GeForce 9500 GT...
August 2, 2009 10:46:45 AM

Thanks Ambientmf ... Much appreciated advice
August 2, 2009 1:44:32 PM

The workstation cards are pretty much the same card with different bios and drivers that are made to perform better in professional applications rather than games. I believe you can find hacks to make your gaming card into a workstation card. I'm pretty sure that voids the warranty though.

As for GT 120 vs. 4870, that's easy. The 4870 will smoke that GT 120 in anything that uses a graphics card.
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