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So I just got a W7000 Firepro to replace my gtx480. Why did I choose a workstation card? I do a lot of modelling in Solidworks. Massive 1000+ part models that the poor gtx480 was not capable of handling.

For Solidworks modelling:

Incredibly powerful! huge models of incredible complexity can be manipulated smoothly, everything just works. No problems with edges being displayed in a different location than the handle. Much much better all around. Not sold on RealView (though this card handles it flawlessly), but I didn't get the card for that so no disappointment there.

10-bit color processing in combination with U3011:

Windows 7 sucks a bit. It cannot display 10bit color depth with any accuracy. Colors are oversaturated, aero will not function, and no matter what I try, the gamma just seems way too high (maybe a 2.4 or 2.6 apparent, it seems very dark).

In color controlled programs, 10bit processing and the U3011 create amazing colors. What I mean by that is everything seems right. Kind of like when you listen to your first true reference cans with good source and everything sounds crisp and clear. The images are just gorgeously real.

For gaming:

Here is what I think people will be interested in. First I will say that I could play Skyrim maxed at 2560x1600 and 10bit color smoothly without frame rates dropping noticeably to me. The bad news is that the drivers are unstable and cause random crashes. Same story with Blk Ops; max settings, random crashing. So in short, while it works it is great but the random crashes will discourage me from playing games much on it.


Conclusion:

I got this card because I don't game much these days and spend many many hours in Solidworks. This card won't handle games. It has the horsepower but the drivers let it down. It will do in a pinch if you are willing to deal with random crashes.
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Nice review,

Im looking at either this card or the quadro k4000 to replace my gtx580 as I dont really game that much.

I mainly use CS6 with only a bit of modelling in solid works. I've read that the quadro cards are more suited for adobe with its cuda cores and mercury playback engine.

Quadro still uses pci 2.0 rather than 3.0 like the W7000

Do u have the adobe suite CS 5.5 or 6, if so what is the performance like.>
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Unfortunately I do not have Adobe. I've heard that quadro is better as well; however, it's hard to stomach the premium that nvidia tags on to their professional products.

I would imagine the W7000 would do very well in CS6. It is a very powerful card.
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Thanks for the reply, looking at the features it seems that W7000 is more future proof compared to the quadro k4000. I will make the splash soon.
Too bad its $1100 here in Aus.
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For modelling, the W7000 was the clear choice; its superior power overcomes any software bias. For photoshop, which is basically hand in hand with nvidia's cuda, the choice becomes more difficult. I'm sure you will be happy with either one. Good luck and check back in and let everyone know how it does; there isn't enough first hand experience with professional cards in this forum.
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Thanks for the review! I am debating getting the W5000 or the W7000. I do a lot of solidworks modeling and assemblies so I am glad to hear how well it performs!
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post #7 of 8
Odd the drivers crash when gaming. I know that isn't the W7000's intended use, but that doesn't seem normal to me in any case.
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So it only crashes in Skyrim. Everything else is perfectly stable and the card actually doesn't do too badly running my u3011, quite comparable to the OCed 480 it replaced.
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