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Old 08-01-2010, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I built my computer a couple months ago and it's running great, but at the time I ran a little short on cash, and instead of getting the workstation graphics card I wanted (QuadroFX 1800) I instead got a gaming card (GeForce 9800 GTX+) that would sorta work as a placeholder until I could get more money.

So now I've got the cash to upgrade, I'm wondering if I should still go ahead and buy the Quadro FX and just use it, or if it would actually be better to get another 9800 and use two cards.

I know that gaming cards are more unstable than workstation cards when rendering with 3D (for work with maya, zbrush, CAD, those sort of things) but the 9800 card is cheaper, and I wasn't sure if the extra boost would make up for the loss and save me money or not.


Here are the specs of the computer as it sits at my desk:
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGIBOX
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (which I want to upgrade to 4x 4GB sticks)
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Default Re: Dual gaming vs Single workstation card

If you spent the same cash (~$600) for an ATI workstation card you'd get much better performance. The Quadro FX 1800 is $600 or so, and the ATI FirePro v7750 is around the same price but it performs much better.

Just sayin'. I have no idea if SLI will give better performance than the single card or not, but I'd go with an ATI workstation card if you buy one.
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Default Re: Dual gaming vs Single workstation card

I'd actually prefer to stay with NVidia on this because the support for the various programs that I will be using is better.

Also, you're wrong, the QuadroFX 1800 is only about $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ro%20fx%201800
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=PNY...YOaI%2FhMNdECU
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I just read a bunch of info that I had no idea what it meant. But if I had the money, and being involved in the same line of work as you, I would get the workstation video card.
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Still looking for more opinions on this
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