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Poll Results: Is it worth paying for Workstation GPUs if using CAD

 
  • 18% (2)
    Yes - no question about it
  • 0% (0)
    Yes - but only if you are a business
  • 81% (9)
    No - just use a standard card
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post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

After a brief discussion in another thread - I was wondering what the general consesus was on Workstation cards (like Quadro or FireGL etc....)

Do you think it is worth the extra money

Please add your reasons either way for your choice.

Cheers,

I voted - YES

Tech support and driver support is worth it to me.
Edited by Mitche01 - 2/17/11 at 8:57am
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What specifically are you doing? App-wise.

Certain tasks GREATLY benefit from a workstation card over a gaming card.
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If you have use for the extra support and features then yes.
 
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The cards are physically identical. The difference is the drivers. Workstation drivers are more optimized for graphic design and things like AutoCAD. Physically - it's the same hardware. The reason you're paying such a high markup for the Quadro/FireGL cards is for the support that comes with the cards and the drivers themselves. There's been certain situations where cards can be flashed to Quadro BIOSes.

So, unless you're corporate and/or absolutely need the Quadro, I'd advise against it - and save your money to spend elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by metallicamaster3 View Post
The cards are physically identical. The difference is the drivers. Workstation drivers are more optimized for graphic design and things like AutoCAD. Physically - it's the same hardware. The reason you're paying such a high markup for the Quadro/FireGL cards is for the support that comes with the cards and the drivers themselves. There's been certain situations where cards can be flashed to Quadro BIOSes.

So, unless you're corporate and/or absolutely need the Quadro, I'd advise against it - and save your money to spend elsewhere.
Hi Metallicamaster3,

Thanks for the input - I know they are physically identical thanks, my question is really to understand if people think it is worth the money.

Hence I put three options in the poll - (middle one yes - but only if you are a business)

Thanks
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mitche01 View Post
Hi Metallicamaster3,

Thanks for the input - I know they are physically identical thanks, my question is really to understand if people think it is worth the money.

Hence I put three options in the poll - (middle one yes - but only if you are a business)

Thanks
I honestly say no. Any modern graphics card that is $200 can handle CAD beautifully, whereas a Quadro card that is half the power but 4x the price will yield slightly less performance.

I hope that makes sense. I guess I'm trying to say that it's a better idea to buy a mid/high end desktop GPU rather than spend a small fortune on a less powerful card.
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Hi Metallicamaster3,

Thanks for the input - I know they are physically identical thanks, my question is really to understand if people think it is worth the money.

Hence I put three options in the poll - (middle one yes - but only if you are a business)

Thanks
Wkstn cards have special drivers written that are optimized for production apps, such as Solidworks, etc. There's no point in getting wkstn cards unless you are working in an environment that would save money from using highly optimized drivers.
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