Anybody out there had a chance to test drive either of these cards yet? I am really anxious to test the V5900. What is your experience, what cards can you compare them to? What system are you working on?
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I test drove this card for about a week. In the end, my conclusion is that it is a poorer performer than the Quadro FX 580. While rotating models with a 3d connection space pilot, the rotation froze a lot (even on light models), as if either the drivers weren't working properly, or the hardware could not keep up. Whatever the explanation, this is not a card that even comes close to what Nvidia offers, at least when comparing them in Solidworks on our Dell 1500s.
Going to test the Quadro 2000 next.
Anybody interested in buying a $500 paperweight?
I'm seeing the same thing, also using a Space Pilot. It's random, but happens often enough to be a real pain. I'm going to try disabling the Space Pilot and see if the issue is still there.
I should mention that I have double displays. Maybe that's part of the issue, but I have no motivation to troubleshoot AMDs problems, especially since I have a better card that I just needed to dust off.
Here is a follow-up to the discussion. I have not disabled the Space Pilot yet, but did download a newer driver from the AMD site. Yes, I know it is not SolidWorks certified, but so far it has not locked up like the previous driver. The latest driver number, for Win7-64, is 126.96.36.199. There is also a newer drive available for the Space Pilot, but I'm going to wait to install it until I've had time to prove out the video driver update. Will update this thread then.
Hiya there i have just installed a V5900 card running solidworks 2012-SP1.
I used the solid works certified driver which had strange results with multiple windows open leaving screen trace.
I then Looked for specific drivers on AMD's site & as i guessed there are no 2012 specific drivers so the solidworks driver is from 2010 - 2011 although it lists as a 2012 driver on the solidworks site.
AMD don't show a certified driver on there site so i have used the latest unqaulified driver which has sorted the multiple windows open leaving screen trace problem & solidworks performs resonable although i am sure this will improve with a new 2012 certified driver (also i have notived that they have more specialist drivers for autodesk products shame solidworks has no specialist drivers like this).
I hope the drivers can sort this as it was promising to be a very capable card for the price also a handy price if you need more power later through crossfire.
Lastest certified 2012 drivers
Would like to hear any feedback on people testing with these.
We use both of these cards, we have 2 v7900 and 6 v5900. I can assure you that the hardware is up to par or even better then the current quadro line, but the drivers for these cards are hit or miss. The solidworks certified driver for the v5900 for sw 2011 was garbage and using the current one from AMD/ATI's support site corrected our issues with the space ball explorer as well. With 2012 I am using the solidworks certified driver for both cards without issue. A word to the wise, after installing or upgrading to a new version of solidworks, always reinstall your 3dconnexion drivers and video card drivers.
Brian, I had the same experience with a v4900. The SolidWorks certified driver did not even allow Windows to open! The latest one from AMD workes flawlesly so far.
I am very happy with the v4900. I can only imagine that its bigger brothers are aven better.
We just put together a new workstation, Intel 3770, 16 GB, 256 GB SSD, 500 GB Data, V5900. Anyone have suggestions for a drivers for the V5900, some issues with the certified one, which I see is for V2012 but the driver is dated early 2011, seems Solidworks is dead slow in testing & certifying drivers. If anyone is currently running the V5900 with solid drivers, please advise. I really like the ATI cards, we have used Quadro's in the past, so want to see what this card can do with good drivers.
What sorts of problems?
We are seeing choppiness during dynamic rotations, I see others also have had that same problems, some have tried newer drivers to fix it. We currently are using the latest certified from early 2011, although I have downloaded the latest ATI drivers, I haven't installed yet in hopes of getting some advice here. Interestingly if we turn on Realview graphics it runs smooth a butter, however the user on this rig prefers to work with realview graphics off, so seems strange. The model in question here is a smaller assembly too, so in no way should be taxing the card or CPU.
Do you have aero turned on in Windows 7? If you go into the catalyst control center, go under AMD FirePro>3D Application Settings> Wait for vertical refresh, make sure it is set to "off, unless application specifies".
After that, we can wait and see if someone who has a v5900 can respond.
Thanks for your reply Charles,
Windows Aero is on, & we just checked the settings in CCC & the vert refresh is set to "off unless application specifies". So hopefully somone else may have something to offer.
I noticed after installing SP5 for 2012 we had some unexpected chop when rotating using the v5900. To remedy the situation, I reinstalled the Solidworks Certified driver for 2012 version 188.8.131.52 (yes it is the old 2011 driver) and voila, no more chop. I am not sure what is affecting these amd drivers, but occasionally we will have to reinstall them in order to retain the functionality/reliablility of the graphics board itself, with issues ranging from ghost out of memory errors on the video card that crash solidworks after minutes of use, to losing object snap grid functionality in sketch mode... again reinstalling the certified driver almost always seem to remedy the situation.
When working normally, the only complaint my users have with the v5900 models is the occasional black window, which can be fixed with a ctrl + Q rebuild. We are hoping that AMD and Solidworks will do some testing of these cards for the 2013 release and hopefully will give us a more stable, reliable driver.
When reinstalling the video driver, we usually just re-run the install without uninstalling anything (note: I always disable your AVS when installing anything for or related to CAD software/drivers). If the problem persists, try unistalling the video driver, rebooting, deleting any related directories and registry keys, rebooting, and then installing the driver again. This would be a last resort.
If this doesn't help Fred, let me know and I can do some further investigation, but I really am a pretty strong advocate of these Graphics Boards, especially at the cost benefit level.
Well, without any better options we installed the latest drivers from the ATI site, (8.892.8.1) & it fixed the choppy dynamic rotation issue, smooth as butter, so unless we broke something else we havn't noticed yet, this is our go to driver for this card. Just thought other might like this bit of information if they run into the same thing. The Soldworks certified drivers stamp is starting to mean less to me each day.
Thanks for the update Fred, I agree, whats the point of testing and certifying drivers if your not going to do it on a routine basis, for the amount of money we spend on Solidworks and the insane cost of annual maintenance, they should almost give you a tested Open GL Graphics card for free.
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