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Q: What is the most appropriate video card for modern 3D solid modelling?

Discussion in 'ATI' started by RM, May 15, 2004.

  1. RM

    RM Guest

    What is the most appropriate video card for solid modeling?
    I understand that the ATI FireGL line is targeted for OpenGL (i.e., Vector
    graphics) environments, and the 9800pro is targeted at DirectX (i.e. texture
    mapping) environments. But solid modeling appears to incorporate both. Given
    that a low end FireGL board is about the same $ as a 9800pro, which gives
    the best bang for the buck? The software of interest is CATIA v5 and
    Solidworks, etc.

    RM, May 15, 2004
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  2. RM

    johns Guest

    Solidworks gave all of those cards a crappy rating.
    I'm running SW in my CAD labs on a Gigabyte mobo
    ... the 533 series ... with an integrated video card.
    8 video ram / 128 meg system ram used when needed.
    Solidworks runs fine. I've seen SW run on an ATI
    9600XT, and I don't see any real gain in anything at
    all. I've dl'd a bunch of the posted projects from the
    Solidworks web site, and all of them run fine on my
    systems. I certainly would not go put big money into
    video cards just to run Engineering Graphics projects.
    They are just not there yet .. maybe someday. I think
    this is a bad habit in the Engineering community .. of
    overstating their case. Researchers here go out and
    buy dual Xeons at a whopping price because somebody
    at a company said that their software needed the big
    guns. A dual Xeon can out perform my little Gigabyte
    boards by about 25 percent ... and that is with maybe
    a half-million variables in their equations. Otherwise,
    these $600 computers run dead even with the Xeons.
    Believe me when I tell you the Gamers are the only
    ones who need this power right now ... and we could
    use more :)

    johns, May 16, 2004
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