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HD 5970 or GTX 480 (Raytracing)

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April 25, 2010 4:56:48 PM

Hi guys. I am going to buy graphic card in two to three days. Now I am stuck between HD 5970 and GTX 480 from long time.

Does HD 5970 supports raytracing?

I am working in Maya and 3DS Max, so which will be a good choice ?

Besides I can't afford to lose performance in games like Metro 2033 and much awaited upcoming Crysis 2.

I game at 1920 X 1200 resolution.

I have HAF 932 cabinet, so there's no problem for fitting HD 5970 in it.

Please Suggest.
April 25, 2010 8:39:41 PM

If ray tracing is important to you i think you should stick with the 480, although its not as powerful as a 5970 nvidia has done a fare amount of work with ray tracing on there cards and the 480 is one that supports it. And it is still a good enough card to rape games at that resolution
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April 25, 2010 9:25:49 PM

Neither card is designed for professional use. These are simply cards for video games.

It would be worth investing into a solution with drivers designed around Maya and 3DS, which limits you to FireGL and Quadro solutions.

If you must do this sort of work on a gaming card, be prepared for a lot of visual glitches in the viewport.
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April 26, 2010 10:54:17 PM

You say...
"If you want to do both work (2D and 3D design graphics, etc.) and gaming, then nVidia 4xx series is the way to go."

Do you mean the nVidia Quaddro NVS 450 or 420?

or

Do you mean the nVidia Quaddro FX 4800 or 4600?

It would appear that you're referring to the NVS... but I wasn't sure and was hoping you would please clarify.

If you went with one of the FX 4xxx series cards (ultra high end graphics)... would the gaming experience on those cards be less than what you would experience using say one of the NVS 4xx series cards... or about the same?


Thanks!!
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April 27, 2010 2:46:23 AM

Quadro and NVS series cards are not for gaming.. In fact they are pathetic in that department.. Just forget about them and concentrate on the geforce line.. As for raytracing (as employed in apps like 3DS Max), its a mathematical computation and heavily dependent on the CPU more than the GPU..
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April 27, 2010 2:53:08 AM

No, Jack is referring to NVidia GTX480/470 is the way to go. NVS is purely 2-D, so it only fills 1 of your three criteria.
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April 27, 2010 3:02:31 AM

EXT64 said:
No, Jack is referring to NVidia GTX480/470 is the way to go. NVS is purely 2-D, so it only fills 1 of your three criteria.

EXT or Jack,

So for work AND gaming... of the two HD 5970 or GTX480... which is preferred/better?

Thanks!
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April 27, 2010 3:07:30 AM

Well, for gaming the 5970 will win (in general) though the 480 still does great.

As for 3-D apps/graphics, both will have poor support. But the 480 would probably serve you better. Hopefully someone who has used one of these cards seriously in professional apps will stop by though.
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November 11, 2010 1:21:46 AM

I just ordered ATI Radeon 5870 with 2 Gb (Eyefinity version) cause I simply don't have enough cash to get a Quadro :p  Will rely impressions on 3dsmax viewport performance in a couple of days. :D 

Important:

3dsmax utilizes only one GPU and a half of total RAM on dual GPU cards like 5970. Since 5970 has a lower clock and 1/2 of RAM available, it will be a lot slower than the 5870. Same goes for all dual-GPU cards out there.

PS. This may help...
http://www.behardware.com/art/imprimer/800/
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