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Hey guys,

I am building a new workstation cpu, and a need some advice on the best mid/entry level workstation card for the new autocad 2009. This system will be exclusivly used for drafting and needs a card that will work best with autocad civil 09. I'm only intrested in workstation cards but I am having a hard time justifying the huge jump in price from entry level cards to mid range. I have not been able to find a lot of benchmark results for autocad on these cards but the ones I have seen seem to suggest that Nvidia's FX series beats the pants off ATI's FireGL. I was looking at the FX 570, vs the FX 1500 as well as considering the Fire GL 3600 and 5600. The higher end cards are more than double the cost of the entry level ones though, so unless you getting a heck of a lot of bang for your buck I think the Fx570 is on my short list for now. Any advice from personal experince or links to real data would be appreciated. Thanks again...you guys rock!
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you can go to gpureview.com to compare specs. Really its only a matter of how long you want to wait for the image to render. But your best bet would probably buy two cheep nvidia quadro cards and run them in SLI

edit: personally I trade options and have no need for work station cards (i only use 2D) so i just buy gaming cards because like you said its hard to justify the price jump
    
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Are you aware that that OpenGL support is not required by most Autodesk products?

this immediately negates the need for a worstation card such as a Quadro or FireGL.

A gaming card will perform as well as its equivalent workstation card in Civil3D, the gaming card may actually be quicker in some instances. The workstation card has a few features such as hardware overlay planes which may be of interest.

If it was my money I would lay some money on a gaming card and spend more money on the CPU and RAM.

btw I use Acad 2008 & Inventor Pro 2008 at work with a 8800GT without any problems.
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Hey guys,

I am building a new workstation cpu, and a need some advice on the best mid/entry level workstation card for the new autocad 2009. This system will be exclusivly used for drafting and needs a card that will work best with autocad civil 09. I'm only intrested in workstation cards but I am having a hard time justifying the huge jump in price from entry level cards to mid range. I have not been able to find a lot of benchmark results for autocad on these cards but the ones I have seen seem to suggest that Nvidia's FX series beats the pants off ATI's FireGL. I was looking at the FX 570, vs the FX 1500 as well as considering the Fire GL 3600 and 5600. The higher end cards are more than double the cost of the entry level ones though, so unless you getting a heck of a lot of bang for your buck I think the Fx570 is on my short list for now. Any advice from personal experince or links to real data would be appreciated. Thanks again...you guys rock!
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Are you aware that that OpenGL support is not required by most Autodesk products?

this immediately negates the need for a worstation card such as a Quadro or FireGL.

A gaming card will perform as well as its equivalent workstation card in Civil3D, the gaming card may actually be quicker in some instances. The workstation card has a few features such as hardware overlay planes which may be of interest.

If it was my money I would lay some money on a gaming card and spend more money on the CPU and RAM.

btw I use Acad 2008 & Inventor Pro 2008 at work with a 8800GT without any problems.
I tend to agree that gaming cards are similar if not better buck for performance....specially when sli'ing or x-firing

though I would say that I have two 3870x2s' and recently discovered that my SolidWorks 2008 cad 3d models were not displaying due to ATI catalyst drivers not messing in x-fire.

This is something I will relay to ATI/AMD, sure they will fix it. In the past there was a issue with one drivers version not playing video in full screen in internet explorer they came out with a new version less than 10days later...and told me it would be fixed by the 3day prior.

All in all it's better to have the fastest rendering/clock speeds/memory size/memory speed......in cad it really makes a big difference specially when you have multiple parts and assemblies.

When I first started using the quad-xfire setup my cad files were rapidly accessible...somewhere along the way the coders did something that is conflicting though.
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