Any suggestions on optimum Solidoworks compatible graphics card for an existing HP Pavilion P7-1380t? On a budget that does not include a new workstation.
I do not have a suggestion but 2 concerns would be space and power. Approved graphics cards can take more space than "normal" cards and may require a stronger power supply. Also, be aware that the graphics card may run hotter.
What size power supply is in your system?
I am going to recommend a Quadro K600. Low profile entry level video card that does not need a ton of power. You may also be able to use a Quadro K2000 or a FirePro V4900 as well.
No idea on power supply size. Not sure how to determine this. I believe the card I have is an HD Graphics 2500. Though I'm not extremely well versed in this. I am told that the video card is integrated in the motherboard and that there should be one PCI Express x16 (Gen 2.0) slot available. Not sure if Solidworks will run with my existing card or not since the matrix on the website only lists that cards they have tested and is by no means comprehensive.
The "matrix" lists only recommended cards/drivers. There certainly are many graphics cards available which are not listed because SW feels they are not reasonably capable of meeting the challenge. That being said, "meeting the challenge" would depend on what type of work you will be doing with SW. If they are relatively simple parts, the existing card/processor may or may not work - hence the "recommendation".
Listen to Anna. The cards she are recommending will not take much power and will fit in just about any less than ancient computer. They are also good value for the money.
Open the case and look at the labels on the power supply. You will likely be able to fiqure out what size it is.
The K600 does not draw a lot of power. It is rated at 41 watts max for power consumption.
If you have a 225-250 watt power supply you should be fine with a K600.
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