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show user profile  laptop
Which of these is most appropriate for day-to-day CAD (AutoCAD), including the creation of PDF files from CAD drawings (75% 2D), & Photoshop use, some 3D Studio and occasional rendering (not animation).

I know which are most expensive but I have no idea if the performance benefit to me is appreciable or not!
(The last one in the list is definitely outside my price range, but I include for completeness)

1 GB NVIDIA Quadro 2000 (2DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
2 GB NVIDIA Quadro 4000 (2DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)
2 GB AMD FirePro V5900 (2DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI adapter)
2 GB AMD FirePro V7900 (4DP) (1DP-DVI adapter)
Dual 1 GB NVIDIA Quadro 2000 (2cards w/ 2DP & 1DVI-I each) (2DP-DVI & 2DVI-VGA adapter)
Dual 2 GB AMD FirePro V5900 (2cards w/ 2DP & 1DVI-I each) (2DP-DVI adapter)
nVidia Quadro NVS450 512MB Quad DisplayPort PCIe x16 Graphics Card
Matrox M9140 LP PCIe x16 Quad Port Graphics Card

2.5 GB NVIDIA Quadro 5000 (2DP & 1DVI-I) (1DP-DVI & 1DVI-VGA adapter)

(I would have asked in 'Hardware' but it looked a little desolate.)

Oh, I have a two-monitor setup.
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1/3/2012 4:26:14 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 4:39:09 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
Posts in the Hardware category will still show up on the front page.

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1/3/2012 4:45:17 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 4:45:17 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Get a GTX 590 and save some bucks. Same stuff different tin.
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1/3/2012 4:46:42 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 4:46:42 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Get a GTX 560TI with 2049MB and save even more!

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1/3/2012 4:47:21 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 4:47:21 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
go for a gtx580. 590 is just two 580s. unless you really need the extra it's probably the sweet spot for now.

alterative :

amd 7000 series & nvidia 600 series close so maybe wait a while if you can.
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1/3/2012 4:50:13 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:40:00 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
get one of each, just to be safe!

seriously though there is no difference between quadros and their equivalent gpu geforce's except for the price tag

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1/3/2012 5:11:07 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:11:07 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
From what I have been told in the past, Quadro's are just put under further stress analysis. So they come with a better guarantee that they wont cook. They all come off the same assembly line.

Quadro cards have lower speeds so that they don't over cook, the GTX cards are faster but there is no guarantee that they wont cook. How ever they rarely ever do.
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1/3/2012 5:13:15 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:15:59 PM)
show user profile  laptop
I love this place. I'm none the wiser, but I love this place :-)

While my back was turned, an executive decision was made; some 1 GB Quadro card that wasn't even on the list!

Oh well, I hope it does the job.

Thanks all for your contributions!

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1/3/2012 5:28:01 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:28:01 PM)
show user profile  Sir_Manfred
AMD Radeon HD 7970 is currently the best card on the market. :)

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1/3/2012 5:44:24 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:44:24 PM)
show user profile  advance-software

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1/3/2012 5:45:59 PM (last edit: 1/3/2012 5:47:28 PM)
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