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I am looking at getting into some 3D modeling and animation. I have a few workstation ready computers and I would appreciate some advice. I was using a GTX 460 in my main rig but I have recently given it to my girlfriend for her computer to play skyrim. Then I was using to HD6950's for my main rig but I switched them out to a workstation for bitcoin mining. and so now I am left with a spare HD 5450 I had lying around. My question is what would be better fro 3D modeling a couple of Firepro v5800s or a 2GB HD6950? I found some Friepros for cheap but I'm not sure if they'd be any better than two or even one HD 6950. Or maybe I should go with a GTX 570? I'm also not sure if I should be working on an I7 950 workstation or a Phenom II X6 T1100 for best performance? If anyone has some insight I would greatly appreciate it. I am sure I can get two firepros for about $300 and a GTX 570 for about the same. Two HD6950's would run me closer to $500 but I already have a pair I could use in the future. I'm just not sure about price/performance for these cards when it comes to 3D?

I use:
After Effects
ZBrush
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and other heavy graphic editing but non 3D programs.

Help Please.
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Free bump because I am curious.
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Maybe just tell me if there's any advantage to using a Firepro V5800 or two over a single HD 6950 with 2GB RAM Please. Anyone?
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I'm curious aswell. There's an auction ending soon for some V5800s and I'd like to know if theyre worth it.
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To answer your question yes the firepros or quatros, even though innitially appearing worse, have about 3 times their expected performance(I it has the same specs as a 5770 it will perform about 3 times better in maya, ps, ae). So there is an advantage there. However, apparently nvidia and adobe teamed up to allow specific plugins to use only cuda cores and thus run faster on the quatros they are not default plugins though and are few and far imbeteween. Other than those select few plugins the radeon firepro cards will run and accelerate things equally as well because all those programs ups OpenGL for smoothing which both cards employ.

Thus the list of what cards to get for 3d modeling should go

Quatro (just in case you ever want to use those plugins)
Firepro (if you want the same performance for cheaper)
Gtx570/580 (cuda for the plugins just in case)
6970 (if you want the same performance of the 570/80 on a budget.

Just remember the. Quatro/firepro option is about 3x that of the 570/80 or 6970 options so I highly recommend that

Also work on that i7 platform in all the comparison charts I saw it beat the 1100 t solidly.


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Originally Posted by Buttermilk View Post

I am looking at getting into some 3D modeling and animation. I have a few workstation ready computers and I would appreciate some advice. I was using a GTX 460 in my main rig but I have recently given it to my girlfriend for her computer to play skyrim. Then I was using to HD6950's for my main rig but I switched them out to a workstation for bitcoin mining. and so now I am left with a spare HD 5450 I had lying around. My question is what would be better fro 3D modeling a couple of Firepro v5800s or a 2GB HD6950? I found some Friepros for cheap but I'm not sure if they'd be any better than two or even one HD 6950. Or maybe I should go with a GTX 570? I'm also not sure if I should be working on an I7 950 workstation or a Phenom II X6 T1100 for best performance? If anyone has some insight I would greatly appreciate it. I am sure I can get two firepros for about $300 and a GTX 570 for about the same. Two HD6950's would run me closer to $500 but I already have a pair I could use in the future. I'm just not sure about price/performance for these cards when it comes to 3D?

I use:
After Effects
ZBrush
3DSMax
Premiere Pro
and other heavy graphic editing but non 3D programs.

Help Please.


 

You can not take one card to perform the functions the other cards designed to do.

 

Quadro for Cuda acceleration + plug-ins.

FirePro for plug-ins without Cuda acceleration.

GTX570 for Cuda acceleration + plug-ins but less powerful as Quadro, you can game with this card.

HD6950 for plug-in without Cuda less powerful as FirePro but can game with the card.

 

Decide which one is the priority then go for that card or two cards for different functions in one system. Yes, you can have Nvidia Quadro + Geforce + FirePro + HD in one system.


 

 

 

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Try to find a cheap second hand Quadro card.
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You can not take one card to perform the functions the other cards designed to do.

 

Quadro for Cuda acceleration + plug-ins.

FirePro for plug-ins without Cuda acceleration.

GTX570 for Cuda acceleration + plug-ins but less powerful as Quadro, you can game with this card.

HD6950 for plug-in without Cuda less powerful as FirePro but can game with the card.

 

Decide which one is the priority then go for that card or two cards for different functions in one system. Yes, you can have Nvidia Quadro + Geforce + FirePro + HD in one system.


 

 

 


That's exactly what I was trying to say sorry if I confused anyone. However, since everything that doesn't use cuda uses OpenGL you are probably safer going with the nvidia cards as much as it pains me to say it.
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Thanks! that made a lot of sense from what I've been looking at. I have been looking at a GTX570 for a while and I was going to go with that till I found the 2 Firepro V5800s. Specifically I would like to know If paying about $300 for a GTX 570 is best or 2 used Firepro V5800s for about the same price maybe less?
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