Originally Posted by tjbridge
I'm really confused right now with the video cards for this workstation..
I'm looking at either HD 7750 or 7850 vs a very pricy NVIDIA quadro 2000.
The quadro 2000 is the workstation edition of a GTS450. For many more standardized acceleration features, like openGL and shading, the newer AMD cards there are the better performers. That said, the raw performance here is not typically all that important as long as the card selected provides adequately smooth workflow, which most any decent GPU likely will in this case.
Are these two ATI cards performing better since they are PCI-E and newer cards vs the NVIDIA quadro?
ATI doesn't exist anymore, they were bought by AMD years ago. All of the cards in question here are PCIE so I'm not sure what you are talking about.
If you aren't sure whether the workstation card is going to be beneficial enough to warrant its high cost, the best option would be to pick up an inexpensive consumer card for now, and see if it meets the needs of the person whom you are building this for. If it does not, then that card can be sold on the used market at a slight loss, and a workstation card can be purchased instead. If it comes to that, at THAT time, it would be worth investigating whether the W5000 from AMD or the Quadro 2000 from NVIDIA would be better for autodesk applications (I honestly don't know). On paper, the W5000 is a much more powerful GPU for about the same price so that would be my pick if the applications I were intending on using would take advantage of an AMD card correctly.
I thought you had already decided on this route up there in post #15 with the HD5570 2GB card. What happened to that plan?
Originally Posted by StormX2
I could be wrong here
I'm thinking that is the case here
But I have heard that ATI is currently Crippled in this sort of work
ATI was bought out by AMD years ago. There are plenty of workstation cards still available from the red team. In fact, AMD is in some ways ahead of nvidia in this market, witha better selection of 28nm workstation cards already available.
That you are better off with nVidia for Cuda
Some programs use CUDA, some use more standardized acceleration like openGL, some rely on more proprietary profiles in the workstation driver for acceleration. As far as I can tell, autodesk apps will be accelerated by the vast majority of workstation cards from either the green or red team just fine. Furthermore, a good number of consumer class cards seem to pass the majority of tests for acceleration as well for autodesk.
Those are mobile cards. I'm not sure how that is applicable to a desktop build.
EricEdited by mdocod - 10/19/12 at 9:49am