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SLi & Quadros
show user profile  Jock
Two quick questions for you.

When it coems to 3DMax, is SLI worth looking into or would it be a waste of money?

Although having bought a computer recently after a lot of bother i'm now looking again so just looking into thingsonce more. On one site, when looking at workstations its talking about Firepro and Quadros as opposed to gamer cards. Again, are they worth the money, are the benefits a lot better than the gaming cards or what?
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8/21/2012 10:28:54 AM (last edit: 8/21/2012 10:28:54 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
as far as I can see the latest generation quadro is the fastest card you can get.

so, right now, quadro 6000 is the daddy.

whether the extra power is worth the money is your call. look up the specs.

previous generation quadro - 5000. no point. a 680 gtx or 690 gtx would likely outperform & is cheaper.

might be able to get a good deal on ebay or whatever as the high end crowd upgrade to 6000s but otherwise probably best to avoid.

6* range doesn't work with iray yet. will likely be fixed soon. just a shader recompile as far as I've been able to gather. not quite sure why that takes ad/nvidia so long.

sli performance - look up the specs.

a 690 is two 680s on one board. maybe you can run two of these in sli giving you four x the power. dunno. nvidia forums probably the best place to go for answers. or stabby :)
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8/21/2012 10:41:39 AM (last edit: 8/21/2012 10:44:26 AM)
show user profile  Jock
The specs dont mean a great deal to me, so I posted this hoping somone knows more on the subject or has some practical experience they can share.

If it was as simple as looking up the spec i'd have done it.
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8/21/2012 10:45:14 AM (last edit: 8/21/2012 10:45:14 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
it is as simple as looking up the specs.

benchmarks help too - perhaps more so as you get feedback on real world performance rather than just theoretical limits. you could look some of those up too.

can't bm iray yet on 6* range because of the above.

could probably bm vray/rt gpu though. wouldn't hurt to have a bm for that here along the same lines as the iray one if anyone can be arsed setting one up.

there's a reason we put the iray benchmark together. it's to answer the q you just asked.

for the same reason a similar vray/rt gpu benchmark also would be worthwhile having.

just requires someone getting a round tuit.
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8/21/2012 10:46:11 AM (last edit: 8/21/2012 11:48:54 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
the difference between a quadro and a geforce was explained to me by a quadro nvidia representative a few years back in holland during a max release event

quadro: developed and manufactured by nvidia meant for the high end pro market
these cards come with quality parts verified by nvidia and the cards come with an extended waranty and nvidia support
these cards are not meant for speed they are meant to last and run heavy realtime 3d 24/7 without a glitch.

geforce: are the base design boards meant for the consumer market, they are meant to serve gamers, enthousiasts and designers squeezing out everything they got

Like AS said i would go with 1 or 2 690's giving you the best performance for the buck and allowing you to upgrade at low cost when a new card hits the market.

Basically look at it like this: to justify the price of your quadro you'll have to use it for several years (let's say 5) whereas you can buy a new geforce every 1 or 2 years giving you the latest technology/speed and still save money to get sloshed at the pub.. :)

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8/21/2012 12:43:26 PM (last edit: 8/21/2012 12:43:26 PM)
show user profile  donvella
I use quadro's at work, gfx at home.

I dont notice any difference other then the wireframe works better on the quadro, the shaded view works better on the gfx. Dont quote me on this but I would say its because quadros were designed for engineering.

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8/21/2012 12:53:33 PM (last edit: 8/21/2012 12:53:33 PM)
show user profile  Jock
Cheers guys.

Thats helpful, gives me some things to look into.
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8/21/2012 1:11:36 PM (last edit: 8/21/2012 1:11:36 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
There is a new quadro out, the k5000 which is based on the 680gtx (all though for the next couple of months they are only sold inside overpriced workstations which is ok sine they would be overpriced anyway). Soon to follow is the tesla k20 which after many years will be the first pro card to actually beat the mainstream market in raw performance (by like twofold if the specs hold up) but you can bet it wont be anywhere near affordable :p

For just viewport performance though - no way its worth it, you'll usually* get bottlenecked by your cpu well before you max out the better gamer cards. *except for some special cases, where exactly are you lacking performance?

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8/22/2012 12:37:38 AM (last edit: 8/22/2012 12:41:16 AM)
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