Is the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 video card going to be ok to use with Solidworks 13 Pro ?
It may work, it may not. It's not an approved card (no GeForce card is), so your results may vary depending on what you're doing.
That card is not on the official SW-approved list of graphics cards. It may work depending on the type of usage you will be expecting, but it may give some problems. It is very hard to tell how well it will work. If you are looking to buy a card for SW usage you would be better to follow the recommendations and get a workstation grade card (NVidia Quadro or AMD Fire Pro).
Where is the best place to buy the Quadro cards? Is is possible to buy them at some local store or do I need to order it?
You may be able to find them at a local store, but I'd check their website first. You can usually find good deals at newegg.com if you're going to order online.
You could likely get a good deal on ebay but try to steer clear of ones that are not new. Depending on your budget I would try to stay away from the bottom-tier card and there is no need to the high end for most uses.
I used a GTX 560Ti with SW 2013 Pro (Student) and had no issues what so ever. My assemblies weren't the biggest in the world but everything worked fine as far as I could tell.
I returned the GTX 980.......
What is the least / lowest model number nVidia Quadro card(s) I can use with Solid Works Pro 2013 ?
what is the benefit(if any) to using two Quadro Cards verses one card ?
I would be willing to bet that the Quadro K620 would be just fine for practically anything you might want to do. The Quadro K420 is approved and somewhat less expensive but I've never seen one in action so I can't say anything about it.
My old machine at work had a Quadro 600, the current one has a Quadro K2000, at home I have an older Quadro 4000 (at the time of purchase, the bottom of the just released Quadro line, which replaced the QuadroFX series). I haven't been able to tell any real difference in performance between them, only the price. I recently put a K620 in a friends computer, she uses a variety of CAD and graphics programs including SW, and I have heard no complaints about it. For my next personal computer I probably wouldn't spend my money on anything higher than the K2200, and I'd think about that a bit too, the difference in price would probably be better spent elsewhere.
As for more than one card? Unless you are planning on having lots of big high resolution monitors, I can't think why you'd need more than one.
While I like the quadro cards, they are very expensive and not much help if you expect to do a lot of rendering in Photoview 360. I was using two Quadro FX in sli on one 1900x1200 monitor and it was problematic, even back when those cards were new. I am using now two GTX 980 TIs and my old 1900x1200 monitor and a new 4096x2160 monitor. Even though Phptoview 360 still only shows 8 threads which are provided by my I7 CPU and Solidworks is known as a CPU only renderer, I just did some test renders and it flew through them. I set the renders for 3780x1859 and set the network render options and the use client 200%. I believe this forces Solidworks to use the GPU for renders.
I tried installing the drivers from EVGA for my cards and totally lost one monitor, so I removed their driver and allowed windows 10 to decide how to split the work, which is one of the main changes of the windows platform. Windows 10 is made to handle graphics in the best way available for an application based on the resources (hardware).
I am no expert, but I have been working with hardware and software including software intensely for 10+ years and these are the best results I have seen for a machine w/o a rendering farm of some kind. Quadro cards are great for CAD, but these days many of us do our CAD, Modeling, and Gaming all from one machine or home network, so don't just dismiss the possibilities of getting the best of both worlds.
I've been using an old GTX 260 for my solidworks machine and it works fine, little bit chunky when it comes to larger assemblies and the like but that's to be expected. The main advantage I see from the Quadro line, as far as I am aware at least, is that you get better average performance and you get access to a prettier modelling environment with reflections and glowing lines etc. So I'd expect that assuming you're not using spectacular amounts of parts in an assembly the GTX 980 would perform well enough, especially considering that a Quadro at an equivalent price point would pack a fair amount less raw horsepower.
That being said, I'm getting a 4200 for my new build, but that's pretty substantially more expensive than a 980.
TL;DR If you want your machine to specialize in CAD and you have a reasonable amount of capital to throw at it, a specialized CAD card is the way to go. If you want your machine to be good for gaming as well as CAD and have less money, just stick with a high end GTX
Id say depending on how you will use your machine if it will be purely for CAD then go to quadro but if you will use for gaming, video editing, rendering, occasionally for solidworks with small parts and assembly then go to GTX.
...ok, I'm using a GTX 750m, I recently worked on a >14K part assembly, it opens in ~2 minutes.. and is >22 million poly faces rendered..
..so, what is a small part?...
..and what is a small assembly?
(..we continue to endure quadro myth, legend, fable and folklore....)
O wow 14K parts assembly i never reached that 8k the highest ive got but that was when im using inventor, 4k with solidworks, for small parts and small assembly it depends on the modeler for me small parts has a 1 to 15 feature and small assembly contains 2 to 500 parts. when i reached 500 parts in assembly i use speedpack
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