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GPU rendering for Blender

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January 22, 2013 1:10:12 AM

I need help with a purchase. I'm going to buy a couple GPUs for my new computer, and I'm trying to decide which one. I'm planning on buying two, for multiple tile rendering. I need to buy NVIDIA because of it's compatibility with Blender (which is what I will be using most of the time). I was thinking the new 600 line of the GTXs, but they're more pricey. Is there a huge increase in performance between the 500s and 600s? Also, should I get 50s or 60s? if I buy 60s, they'd have to be the 500 series because of price. I'd love your feedback! All these cards and prices and features can get confusing after a while!

Purchase time: This week or next
Budget: $350
Overclocking: Maybe (my MoBo has CPU+GPU boost)
Uses (most to least): 3D modeling (blender), Photoshop, Illustrator, Games
Preferred site: Newegg

My system specs:
Intel i7 2600k @ 3.4GHz Sandy Bridge
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
8GB G. Skill Ripjaw Ram DDR3 1600
Seasonic 620W PSU
Rosewill Challenger case with 5 120mm fans.

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January 22, 2013 2:03:37 AM

The 500 series is better for rendering, the 600 series focused on gaming at the expense of non-gaming, as it is their gaming series not workstation series. Anyways works well for your budget.
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January 22, 2013 3:15:07 AM

Well a workstation card works better then a gaming card for rendering. Though they suck at games though. A workstation card would be able to render faster, more accurately then a gaming card.
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January 22, 2013 3:25:04 AM

Save up $75. Get Radeon HD 7970.
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Profit.
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a b U Graphics card
January 22, 2013 3:55:16 AM

beeding said:
Save up $75. Get Radeon HD 7970.
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Profit.


Would have been my response if Blender supported OpenCL/GPGPU, but they officially blame AMD for the lack of support. If they did support it, the 7xxx would blow the 6xx out of the water.

lupe14 said:
Well a workstation card works better then a gaming card for rendering. Though they suck at games though. A workstation card would be able to render faster, more accurately then a gaming card.


Alot of charts comparing various workstation and gaming gpus *for Blender* show the 570s as the best price/performance, subject to price variations of course.
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