by GrahamCow on Jan 13, 2006 at 3:14:47 am
I'm just about to upgrade the computer I use for Combustion and I was wondering if anyone knows just how much difference a professional graphics card makes or if something like an fx66oogt is just as good.
My experience is that you'll get all the OpenGL capability that you'll ever need for combustion from a standard gamers card. This is especially true with today's cards. The differences between these and the "professional" cards are not worth the exorbitant prices commanded by these cards.
for combustion that might be true, but pro cards like the quadro FX are all i will consider for 3d because they provide more options for both openGL and directX controls than a hopped up gamer card. since combustion benefits from these cards too, its all i buy. 'got five quadro FX cards and cant complain. if you do this for a living, you cant spend too much on a card or monitor, imho. i hate to see people work 40+ hours a week and have to complain cuz they are on a single 19" monitor driven by a shoddy graphics card, for example. the difference of a few hundred dollars is made up how quickly in your workday/week? (ie: whats your time worth and how much will you use the thing?)
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Re: Open GL by Jeff Brown on Jan 13, 2006 at 3:22:54 pm
My $.02: get a "low end" pro card, like an older nVidia Quadro, rather than a newer gamers card, if they are comparable in price. Also, from my completely unscientific, anecdotal research on various forums, nVidia is more likely to give you a stable system than ATI. And don't get a Matrox anything.
Re: Open GL by GrahamCow on Jan 13, 2006 at 11:13:11 pm
Thanks for the input guys. The machine I'm upgrading gets used exclusively for Combustion and editing, so I'll go with something like a geforce 6600GT which I can get for around $250 Australian as opposed to $800 for the 7800. I don't believe the difference in performance would be worth that price jump when it will drop to $250 itself within twelve months.