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So I will be finalizing on AMD firepro W5000.

Can I just replace the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card with the AMD firepro W5000 in this build?

I would appreciate any help guys. I think I'm close.

Thanks!

The GTX660 is good if you just want to fool around in CAD software but if you need absolute precision it's not always about performance speed. Consider the Quadro K2000 series over the FirePro W5K. This article makes a good point about workstation VS gaming cards. While gaming cards do perform faster in the CAD programs they can't match the accuracy that workstation cards have. When you can't afford to make any small errors because of what you need to do it's better to get a workstation card for the double precision than to redo the render work with a card made for videogames.
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So I will be finalizing on AMD firepro W5000.

Can I just replace the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card with the AMD firepro W5000 in this build?

I would appreciate any help guys. I think I'm close.

Thanks!
Yes you can, but consider an Nvidia Quadro series aswell. Also remember that you wont be able to play any games at all with the workstation cards.
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Yes you can, but consider an Nvidia Quadro series aswell. Also remember that you wont be able to play any games at all with the workstation cards.
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Yes you can, but consider an Nvidia Quadro series aswell. Also remember that you wont be able to play any games at all with the workstation cards.

Thank you, I will do some reading into the Nvidia Quadro series as well. The last game I played on PC was starcraft broodwars so I'm not too concerned with gaming haha.
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The GTX660 is good if you just want to fool around in CAD software but if you need absolute precision it's not always about performance speed. Consider the Quadro K2000 series over the FirePro W5K. This article makes a good point about workstation VS gaming cards. While gaming cards do perform faster in the CAD programs they can't match the accuracy that workstation cards have. When you can't afford to make any small errors because of what you need to do it's better to get a workstation card for the double precision than to redo the render work with a card made for videogames.

The CAD program that I would be using is Solidworks, and I'm veering towards purchasing AMD firepro after watching this video.
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The CAD program that I would be using is Solidworks, and I'm veering towards purchasing AMD firepro after watching this video.

Not gonna lie, I'd take that video with a grain of salt. As one Youtuber pointed out that the PC the FirePro W5000 is running on that Windows Aero is disabled. If you're going to run a bench properly and test head to head you should at least use all the same settings. We know green and red team have been doing this kind of thing for a long time now. You can't trust either marketing team and need an unbias 3rd party to actually give us actual testing results.

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If I were buying a workstation graphics card based solely on the linked YouTube video, I 'd still buy the Quadro, because quality of the image is more important than the speed it spins around. If you watch, the jagged Firepro image is impossible to discern- no one using 3D CAD would consider that image useable.

I don't know anything about useable image quality in CAD software so I can't say much.

Though this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1423734/xbitlabs-nvidia-quadro-vs-amd-firepro-review-of-professional-graphics-cards-with-kepler-and-southern-islands-architectures/0_30

seems to say that AMD has improved over the years and the W5000 card should be okay. I don't know who to believe anymore but it seems both cards are almost similarly matched though.

Found this gem.

It seems they both give similar completed rendering times. It would seem either card would be okay. Ever since AMD ditched ATI's FireGL series in favor of focusing on consumer grade gaming cards they lagged behind nVidia in the CAD department. Guess they finally caught up a bit considering everyone saying nVidia owns 90% market share in the CAD department.

So I'm guessing you'd be fine with the W5000 then.
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