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What's the best Quadro or FirePro/GL card for the best price-to-performance card available for a workstation?

Strictly graphic design including 3D work, 2D, CAD work, and rendering?
    
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What's the best Quadro or FirePro/GL card for the best price-to-performance card available for a workstation?

Strictly graphic design including 3D work, 2D, CAD work, and rendering?
not sure if this floats your boat or not, i'm not really up to snuff with my knowledge of workstation cards, but from my understanding this is a helluva killer deal...

http://www.overclock.net/video/10528...ond-price.html

might want to check it out and see if it meets your needs...i realize it's not the newest and greatest card prolly out there, but price/performance ratio i would think it would be near the top...
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I have seen that in the for sale section, thanks for posting it though. I'm more looking to find what the best price-to-performance cards are from both sides, and input maybe on what would be the best choice.

I have no experience with workstation cards other than some really old Quadro cards from long ago...
    
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I would check their performance values just like a graphics card, however I don't know any website that e benchmarks them.
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I would check their performance values just like a graphics card, however I don't know any website that e benchmarks them.
For what I need I'm working on a budget and I'm just wondering what would be the best option without upfronting loads of money on a 3K graphics card that would probably end up being underutilized.

I'm wondering what cards would be good for 3D/2D for production work that meet a good price-to-performance ratio.

My issue is I personally haven't used any workstation cards for these specific tasks so I have no experience to draw from.

I was hoping someone with experience could chime in!
    
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For what I need I'm working on a budget and I'm just wondering what would be the best option without upfronting loads of money on a 3K graphics card that would probably end up being underutilized.

I'm wondering what cards would be good for 3D/2D for production work that meet a good price-to-performance ratio.

My issue is I personally haven't used any workstation cards for these specific tasks so I have no experience to draw from.

I was hoping someone with experience could chime in!
The best price performance ratio are found in the nvs model Quadro cards.

AMD's FireGL cards also have an equivalent model, but I have not used them in a long while.
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The best price performance ratio are found in the nvs model Quadro cards.

AMD's FireGL cards also have an equivalent model, but I have not used them in a long while.
Happen to know any particular models? Are they current gen? Can I get away with using some previous gen cards as well?
    
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Happen to know any particular models? Are they current gen? Can I get away with using some previous gen cards as well?
Well I was kind of off base with the NVS. While it is a lower end quadro card, the main target of the NVS is as a multi display card.

Check out the following link to see all of the quadro fx models...

http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html

You can use a previous gen card and depending on the software you use you will have no issues. I still use a Quadro FX 3450 in one of my workstations and it handles everything I throw at it, but I do not use very complex models.
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Well I was kind of off base with the NVS. While it is a lower end quadro card, the main target of the NVS is as a multi display card.

Check out the following link to see all of the quadro fx models...

http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html

You can use a previous gen card and depending on the software you use you will have no issues. I still use a Quadro FX 3450 in one of my workstations and it handles everything I throw at it, but I do not use very complex models.
Hrm, do you think if I could get a hold of two Quadro FX3450 (256MB models, right?) in SLI that they would be decent enough for somewhat complex modeling or would we (this is for a close friend in need of help) be better off spending the money on a much more powerful card?
    
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Hrm, do you think if I could get a hold of two Quadro FX3450 (256MB models, right?) in SLI that they would be decent enough for somewhat complex modeling or would we (this is for a close friend in need of help) be better off spending the money on a much more powerful card?
Since it may be hard to find the 3450's you might look at a newer card. 2 3450's in sli were pretty powerful at the time. Now I think a powerful desktop card would beat them both in sli.
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