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    Default Re: Sticky: Video card buying advice

    Quote Originally Posted by AJLynn View Post
    Don't misinform in my thread. I've done the research on this, and seen the bugs myself. Revit users should stay far away from Geforce cards. Radeon cards have bugs of their own, which is why Max users usually shouldn't buy them, but FireGL cards are solid.
    You'll have to excuse my ignorance, but in my experience, all ATI cards are wonderful...for gaming. If you want to get serious about rapid prototyping and/or design/rendering, NVIDIA is what you want.

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    I do excuse your ignorance. But you can't generalize like that. I've been through this extensively, seen the bugs myself, the AUGI people making those recommendations have a lot of experience and I've ben told the same by friends who are Revit developers. In the case of Revit users, the best video card is a FireGL. It's almost undisputed among Revit experts.

    I suspect you haven't spent much time with a FireGL card. I've been using them for 3 years. They are excellent at running Max, C4D, Sketchup, Revit, AutoCAD, Maya and Rhino. XP32 and 64. I have never experienced a bug with any FireGL card except a V3100, which was a pretty bad card.

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    The Sapphire HD 3870 X2 gives you dual core processing and at a really affordable price. DirectX 10 support. I dont know about other package but works great with Max and AutoCad. Is there a better power per pound card about? And it's ATI!

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    New article up at TomsHardware comparing a few different 'workstation' class cards.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...tion,1995.html
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    Great thread. Thanks alot guys!

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    Default Re: Sticky: Video card buying advice

    Just out of interest im looking at a 9800GTX+ which arent too expensive (much within my budget) and was wondering if there is much merit in getting two for an SLI config. Does Max have any particual support for SLI configs?

    Either that or one 9800 GX2 for about $130 less...

    EDIT: Upon more reading it appears that I need a new power supply to run a 9800GX2 which weighs in at about $200
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    from what i've heard there really isn't much advantage to SLI. as when SLI is active you can only have 1 monitor running, and a second monitor is indispensable for max
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    Default Re: Sticky: Video card buying advice

    Ah interesting, as I'm not going to get a single 9800GTX+ and a 22" WS LCD with the money I'm saving

    yay.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Sticky: Video card buying advice

    I've really noticed lately that my Nvidia Quadro FX1700 (running dual monitors) displays high geometric scenes much quicker on the primary monitor. From what I understand about this card the second monitor is always going to have slower refresh rates due to the nature of the design. I'm about to speck a new system and I really want to have equal power on both of my monitors which are both running at 1680x1050 32bit. Should I continue to move up to more expensive single cards or would a dual card setup be a better option?
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    Maxer, thats actually more of a problem with graphics in general, its difficult to hardware accelerate both monitors. as far as I know, none of the single cards can do that now. thats where SLI might actually be of use
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