Actually, in the Alienware laptops I had, the ATI 4870s, 5870's & the 6990s all worked just fine with AutoCAD. It was the junky motherboards that where the issues. The Nvidia 580 I had in the latest laptop wasn't sa nice at the 6990 cards I had. I had dual cards for all of the laptops. Yes, I know. AutoCAD only uses one GPU, not dual. I got the second card free from Alienware...long story...stories actually.
I can't really wait that long at all because I have clients that I need to do CAD work for. So, I pretty much need to buy what is out now or coming out in the next month.
Maybe I should buy a card at Newegg...if I don't like it, I can return in and get a different one.....????
I want to know why I would be buying the card that I decide to choose, and it's hard to do that without the experience of desktop GPUs. This is why I am asking for recommendations.
Gaming Boxes make excellent CAD boxes, and have given me much enjoyment over the years as I get to purchase hi end equipment for my business which does a dang fine job of gaming. I remember the guys at the local CAD training the facility complaining that the network administrator kept hunting the network for Doom.exe cause all the trainers used to stay late at the office and play after hours.....it was a blast on those huge $3000 CRT's way back when. I suggested they rename the exe file to AutoCADbetatest.exe and problem with the network admin was solved
Poorly trained tech support folks however, as well as much of the puter buying public, associate CAD only with with 3D rendering .... a very improper and unwise assumption.
If ya using AutoCAD 12 and soon 13 (should receive our upgrades next month if past release schedules hold) for mostly 2D drafting, a GeForce card will serve ya just dandy. Historically, nVidia has held a significant advantage over AMD in this arena due mostly to ATI / AMD's driver issues
When ya get to 3DMax, Maya and other apps, with a multi-purpose box, ya have a choice to make. First, consider whether ya will be using any CUDA plug ins cause if ya are, then it becomes solely nVidia's game. If the box will do 3D rendering for 6-8 hours a week and will also serve for leisure use and a few hours of gaming, then I'd definitely get a gaming card...... gaming cards do rendering a whole lot better than rendering cards do gaming.
If this is going to be serious rendering box, where ya gonna invest well over 24 hours per week in serious rendering and spending over $450 on the card, then I'd lean towards a Quadro card. Not many CAD programs will utilize a 2nd GPU so investing in same would be pointless in this case.
I like that office story jack, I agree with Sunk on this one. Kepler is looking promising. I mean Most Gaming cards do work in professional fields as well. I mean CUDA is is NVIDIA's workstations cards. Its in Gefore as well. Geforce is most affordable. so CUDA for less????
Thanks for the reply....thank you everyone for the replies matter in fact!
This is NOT going to be a serious rendering machine at all. Just the normal 2D construction document/fabrication drawing system. I'll be doing 3D here and there. This is why I was saying that the cards will probably be overkill.....but the money is in my bidget. so why not go for it.
I'm really leaning towards the V7900, but am not convinced yet. I don['t want to spend all of this money on a 7970, or a 580 or a 590 and find out it's not what I want. As long as the performance is great, I'm good. The V7800 at work just doesn't work well. It might be the computer though.
I'm still a little bit confused on what to buy. If I will be spending $700 or so on a card, I want to make sure I know why I am buying what I am buying!
Oh yeah...no need to ever go with two GPUs.
What Quadro card is equivalent to the AMD/ATI V7900? And then, which of those cards do you recommend and why?
Thanks a bunch! I really appreciate any advice anyone can give!!