I'm new to this forum, only just created this account, because I hoped you could help me with finding the answer to the following question:
What is the advantage of a workstation GPU* over a consumer GPU** in Solidworks (2009 and newer)?
* e.g. Nvidia Quadro or ATI FirePro/FireGL graphicscard series
** e.g. Nvidia Geforce or ATI Radeon graphicscard series
I know it enables RealView, but that's about the only exact result I could find. From several CAD related topics on other forums I learned that they also produce a more accurate view of the model. But that still does not justify the immense difference in price in my opinion.
For the price of a ATI FirePro v7750 I could also get a ATI Radeon HD5970, which is the fastest consumer graphicscard available today and which is a whole lot faster based on specifications.
I'm a student, I only use Solidworks for educational purposes, so I don't need a perfectly accurate view of my model displayed on my monitor. And although RealView looks fancy, it's not a very useful function, it's just eyecandy.
So I wonder if a workstation GPU gives anymore advantages, for example does it help with motion analysis? Does it help with rendering in Photoview 360? Any other advantages?
Thanks in advance, best regards,