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Ati or nvidia for video editing/3d modeling?

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July 8, 2010 10:27:04 PM

hello, i'm wondering if any major editing program utilizes ati's video cards. also, do you know if autodesk's alias will run smoothly with ati cards? i have a 5770 right now, but i'm wondering about selling that and saving up for a beefier nvidia card (maybe the fermi series)

i'm kinda leaning with nvidia because adobe just released premiere cs5, which is only compatible with CUDA.
your thoughts?
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July 9, 2010 7:15:09 AM

If primary function is as a workstation, why are you buying gaming cards? Quadro is for that...
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July 10, 2010 3:00:06 AM

they cost a lot, and it'd be nice if i could game and work on the same computer.
also quadros seem really expensive.. i can probably save up 400 tops.
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July 13, 2010 2:58:11 PM

I'd have to second a Quadro FX (Not NVS.)
There's many reasons, but they put out a solid framerate, which is necessary when recording 3D animation.
Also, my FX2500 plays WOW better than any gaming card I've yet tried comparitive settings. Full detail, 1600x1200 - solid 50+fps (on a Dell M90 laptop no less).

I remember ATI does have their FireGL or FirePro lines that are supposed to be comparable, though I've never used one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

of course, that'd be if money were no object... However, other itterations of each brand, FireGL / FirePro or Quadro still do hold their own very well; I used to talk with someone close to nVidia, whom hinted that the Quadro-brand is the next step (or sometimes 2 steps ahead) of their GF-lineup.
A Quadro FX 770 should be in the $150-range and could do 3D fairly well.
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