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Well if he's doing CAD then look into the Quardo or FirePro cards. They are better for more accurately displaying frames, rather than just spitting out frame after frame.

To sum it up:

NVIDIA GTX/GTS and HD Radeons: Most frames per second
Quadro or FirePro: Most accurate Frames in the most time it takes.

Edit: aww poop, cheapest card...ok pick up a GTS450 then
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I like your idea with the passive 450. If he does happen to do some intense work he won't have to hear a bunch of throttling on those noisy little blower types. Should be great for what he needs.
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Originally Posted by CovertCover View Post
Well if he's doing CAD then look into the Quardo or FirePro cards. They are better for more accurately displaying frames, rather than just spitting out frame after frame.

To sum it up:

NVIDIA GTX/GTS and HD Radeons: Most frames per second
Quadro or FirePro: Most accurate Frames in the most time it takes.

Edit: aww poop, cheapest card...ok pick up a GTS450 then
They are a lot faster.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...0_7.html#sect0

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDI...Review/?page=1

I know some older Geforce cards could be flashed to their Quadro counterpart, but I'm not entirely certain about recent Quadros. Their GPU is the same, but the PCB is not identical to their Geforce counterpart.
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Just so you know, AutoCAD does not use CUDA.

This GTX465 is $10 cheaper than the current cheapest GTX460 768MB on newegg right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162052
There is a thing tho... the GTX460 768MB (Believe it or not) offers better performance than the 465..

My suggestion is go for the GTX460 it's cheap and fast ATI is good but for a work computer i would go with nvidia that's my
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I know some older Geforce cards could be flashed to their Quadro counterpart, but I'm not entirely certain about recent Quadros. Their GPU is the same, but the PCB is not identical to their Geforce counterpart.
They can be flashed, but their performance is still behind true Quadro cards. New cards cannot be flashed.
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They are a lot faster.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...0_7.html#sect0

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDI...Review/?page=1

I know some older Geforce cards could be flashed to their Quadro counterpart, but I'm not entirely certain about recent Quadros. Their GPU is the same, but the PCB is not identical to their Geforce counterpart.
Yes I know this, but they are designed to compute the frame more accurately FIRST, and speed second. They will EASILY beat any mainstream graphics card in rendering; yes.

They are faster for rendering because of their drivers and architecture, but they would be AWFUL gaming cards. They were designed for the most accurate frame rendering.

They will be faster and more accurate at rendering, but they are out of the "cheapest" price range.
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There is a thing tho... the GTX460 768MB (Believe it or not) offers better performance than the 465..
Negative.
http://techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/G...768_MB/31.html

The GTX465 also holds a CFC advantage over the 1GB GTX460
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/8003...65-review.html
The 768MB version of the GTX460 cannot hope to match the CFC efficiency of the 1GB GTX460 either, because of its cut-down ROPs and memory bus.
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Yes I know this, but they are designed to compute the frame more accurately FIRST, and speed second. They will EASILY beat any mainstream graphics card in rendering; yes.

They are faster for rendering because of their drivers and architecture, but they would be AWFUL gaming cards. They were designed for the most accurate frame rendering.

They will be faster and more accurate at rendering, but they are out of the "cheapest" price range.
I'll check them out anyways. My father wants 2X high res 27'' monitors. That alone will probably be about $2,000. And he wants 2 identical rigs!

I'm all about making a very nice rig that does exactly what he needs it to do. However, I want to do it at the best price. I want to give him exactly what he needs, not something that is overkill.
    
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Yikes I just looked up the prices of the Quadro cards... $1,300-$1,500 no thanks.

He does an occasional 3D render to give a customer a nice image of what the exhibit will look like. I'm talking 2 times a month tops. I think a normal gpu will do just fine.
    
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