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Will a GTX 780 work well in a workstation environment? 3D programs and photo editing, programs like SolidWorks, Photoshop and others? Looking at the 3GB Super Clocked edition
Edited by Gardnerphotos - 7/2/13 at 3:00pm
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I'm pretty sure consumer grade Keplers are all gimped in the computational department. AMD consumer GPUs work much better, both manufacturers' workstation cards will be even better though.
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Entirely depends on the program and particular project you're doing. Sony Vegas uses OpenCL so it doesn't really care. A GTX 570 and 6970 are about even there, which is what one would expect.

However, for Solidworks, I would contact their support department and ask them what the best option is. Don't throw $650 (or more) at a card to find out that it doesn't do as well as a cheaper/equal product.
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Depends on what you want it to do. If you are just looking for it to run CUDA/OpenCL then it will do great but its not a workstation card and as such it wont support workstation features. For thous you need a Quadro card.

If for example you want to offline render with the GPU then the GTX780 with its 3GB and compute power is going to do a good job. On the other hand a NVIDIA Quadro 4000/5000 is most probably going to handle 3D view ports better in SolidWorks, Maya ect.

Either way the GTX780 is not a bad choice but if you are looking for only workstation use and absolutely no gaming then perhaps a quadro card would be more appropriate.
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which would perform better in for example Photoshop, a GTX 780 or a Quadro 4000?
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which would perform better in for example Photoshop, a GTX 780 or a Quadro 4000?

Photoshop is mostly CPU and ram bound so the GPU is not going to make much of a difference. If photoshop is your main concerns then I would suggest you go with a much cheaper card and put the difference towards a better CPU, more ram and an fast SSD.
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ok how about solidworks? Also running 3930K and 32GB RAM so PS should run fine
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ok how about solidworks? Also running 3930K and 32GB RAM so PS should run fine

Well here it becomes a bit more tricky. In pure speed at minimum fidelity a GTX 780 should keep up with a quadro 4000 quite well. The real difference comes in when we start talking about workstation only features like high quality AA and shading. For example as far as I know solidwork's realview mode only works with workstation grade cards (quadro's/firepro's).

https://www3.pny.com/QuadroPDFs/NVIDIA%20Quadro%20by%20PNY%20%20for%20SolidWorks%202012.pdf
    
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ok how about solidworks? Also running 3930K and 32GB RAM so PS should run fine

What are you modeling in Solidworks, and do you need to do any fancy rendering to it? Solidworks can do single parts fine on Intel integrated graphics.
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