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Help: Specialized OpenGL vs All-purpose D3D/OpenGL

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December 12, 2002 12:05:25 PM

Hi all. First-timer :) 

I'm looking to build a pc for a work colleague, whos's remit is most CAD work with AutoCAD 2002, plus he wants good DVD playback and possibly some gaming in the future. He is on quite a tight budget so i'm looking at around £1000 ($1500) all in, including the graphics card. This is where i start to scratch my head (so to speak :p )

If money was no object i'd recommend the Quadro4 900XGL, however it is and the only card i have found for less than £200 ($300, which is about the max i wanna spend on the card) is the 3d Labs Oxygen VX-1. My problem is finding technical info and more importantly comparisons with other mainstream cards.

My question is this: For the sums of money im talking about, is it worth getting the entry-level Oxygen based card for CAD performance, or will, for example, the TI4600 outperform it? Are there other OpenGL cards out there under £200 that kick arse?

Any insights will be appreciated.

FYI: the rest of the system is as follows:
Athlon XP 2100
ABit KD7 KT400
512mb PC2700
80GB Maxtor D740X
Creative Labs Audigy II
Creative Labs Inspire 6700 6.1 THX
DVD Rom
48x16x48 CDRW
IIyama 19" Vision Master 1451
KB, mouse, case, floppy, modem

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Xensor on 12/12/02 03:13 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
December 12, 2002 4:11:48 PM

Why not get a Ti4600 and use softquadro 4 on it? It'll make it a quadro, through software/sublevel hack (warantee is NOT voided!).

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."
- Mario Andretti
December 13, 2002 10:41:08 AM

That sounds like a good idea. Can you point me in the right dir for driver versions, software, step-by-step guides etc.
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