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The good old video card discussion...

Question asked by Rich Bolduc on Mar 7, 2011
Latest reply on Mar 18, 2011 by Joseph Ankers

I knew the Quadro series is the way to go, but after talking to the Bunkspeed guys at SWW, they recommended the GTX video cards (GTX 580) for rendering as you can get a 512 Cuda Core card for cheaper than a Quadro 4000 (256 cuda cores).  For those not familiar with Bunkspeed, it's an amazing rendering program that can run off the CPU, GPU or Hybrid (both).  Now I know SW doesn't recommend GTX cards, but has anyone experimented with them recently to see if they've gotten better?  both run the open GL, but the GTX580 beats the Quadro in pretty much everything, except it doesn't mention anything in the Shader Model.  Also, I know the gaming (GTX cards) are usually the same hardware wise as the CAD cards (Quadro), they just have different coding in them.... at least thats what I've been told in the past.


So overall.... Think I'd be better off with the 580, or the 4000?



GTX 580 Specs ($500)

GPU Engine Specs:
CUDA Cores512
Graphics Clock (MHz)772 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz)1544 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)49.4
Memory Specs:
Memory Clock (MHz)2004
Standard Memory Config1536 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width384-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)192.4


Feature Support:
NVIDIA SLI®-ready13-way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Readyyes
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready2yes
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology3HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-readyyes
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technologyyes
Microsoft DirectX11
Bus SupportPCI-E 2.0 x 16
Certified for Windows 7yes



Quadro 4000 Specs ($700)

GPU Specs:
NVIDIA Quadro GPUQuadro 4000
CUDA Cores256
Form Factor4.376” H x 9.50” L / Single Slot
Gigaflops (Single Precision)486.4
Gigaflops (Double Precision)243.2
GPU Memory Specs:
Total Frame Buffer2 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)89.6 GB/s
Feature Support:
Shader Model5.0
Microsoft DirectX11
SLI Multi-OS Technologyyes
NVIDIA CUDA Architectureyes
SDI Optionyes
NVIEW Display Management Softwareyes
FSAA (maximum)                                  64x