Hi, I've got a lot of friends looking for a rig that can run AutoCAD comfortably at tight budgets (i.e. budgets that won't fit an FX5800)
My question is, how much do gaming cards help in AutoCAD rendering?
For example, how much faster will a Phenom II X4 955 BE in AutoCAD with a GTS 450 as compared to without it?
What about higher end cards like the GTX 560 Ti? How does it compare to a low-end Quadro like the FX 580? I've read that AutoCAD, which previously only supported OpenGL, now supports DirectX as well. This purportedly makes GeForce cards viable choices as well.
Also, what about Radeon cards? Is AutoCAD dependent on CUDA cores, thus effectively limiting viable gaming cards to GeForces? Or can Radeons be used as well?
Sorry for the questions, but I really am interested in learning about the significance of a gaming GPU for workstation apps like AutoCAD. Thanks
Virtually all modern gaming GPUs will run AutoCAD just fine. What a professional GPU brings to the table is optimized drivers that can take full advantage of the GPUs and targeted applications. This is true for both ATI/AMD and Nvidia based GPUs.
So unless you REALLY need to go with a professional grade GPU, you can get by nicely with a gaming GPU in most cases.