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Hey Overclockers,

I really need some help here and I thought this would be a good place to start. I work for a small tech school and I'm the assistant systems admin for our computer department. We have CAD programm that we are trying to get of the ground and we have run into some problems with the hardware. first of here is a little history.

We are running and interior design program where students learn to build a floor plan and then fill it with furinture ect. we where using autocad2002 on 1.5ghz machains.

about 5 months ago we decided to upgrade our autocad lab and got AMD 4200+ with 2gigs of ram along with 6200geforce cards. I know that the cards suck but the people makeing the buying decision do not know much about hardware.

in anycase we upgraded to autocad2007 and basically through the teachers into it and said sink or swim. we had did not even have the right books to teach the class (2006) so we ended up with a bunch of pissed off students, with programs that froze in 3d and had to shut the programm down we are going to try buying new cards but I need to tell the higher ups why we can't use cheap gaming cards. we are going to try and purchase a single card for right now and see if that dose not fix some of our crashes.

If anyone is a CAD expert or knows where I can find resources to help me convince them about the advantages of a CAD specific card please help me out.
    
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I'm not an expert but I know that if you want to do CAD work you're going to need an Nvidia Quadro Card or an ATI FireGL card, both of which cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars
    
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I don't know much about CAD, but this page may be of some help http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet...1&is_results=1

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't one of the normal geforce cards be modded into a quatro with a bios?
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this is true I have been looking at the quadra cards and we are thinking of spending 500 per card but I need something like a comapany paper stating why quadra cards are more suited to CAD the geforce cards as I keep getting asked the ?. the cards we have now work but we keep getting crashes.
    
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post #5 of 12
CAD cards such as ATI's Fire GL and NVIDIA's Quadro FX series are really not all that different then gaming cards hardwarewise. The main difference is that CAD cards have drivers specifically designed for CAD applications, and are generally less buggy. I use Pro-Engineer at work and I have run it on computers with a Quardo FX and an Integrated Intel gpu. Autocad 2002 isn't all that demanding, so the issue could be ram or maybe driver support. If the computers have at least 512mb ram and the latest NVIDIA drivers installed and still crash and can't handle the program, then maybe I would buy new CAD cards Good Luck
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http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/file...te_readme.html

This lists the GeForce FX 6200 As not certified or recommended, perhaps they would accept something as simple as that? It comes from autocad's site.
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post #7 of 12
FireGL's are great. Never tried a Quadro.
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post #8 of 12
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thanks for the help guys you rock! +rep to all
    
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try using a modded bios or adding more ram or just try quadro
Or try 8800 if they can afford it
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post #10 of 12
No, an 8800 would be a horrible idea for CAD work, especially since drivers are important and the latest gameing cards always have horrible drivers these days.
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