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Mario League
A graphic card good for avid MC and compositing softwares
on Sep 11, 2013 at 6:38:22 am

Hi guys,

I have an old dell precision laptop 32 bit but I will be upgrading to a dell workstation T7600.

My software is avid media composer, after effects and combustion. Normally I work with HD footage but I want to have enough power to handle 4k if necessary.


Question about Graphic card? It must work well with avid, AE and combustion. Avid guidelines says a NVIDIA Quadro 4000 is good. I’m planning for a dual 2gb Nvidia quadro 4000 or a 2.5gb nvidia quadro 5000. Are these a good choice for the three softwares?

Thanks

Mario


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Michael McCune
Re: A graphic card good for avid MC and compositing softwares
on Sep 13, 2013 at 10:09:27 am

This topic of "workstation" gpu card versus gaming card performance comparisons sees relatively few resources online that make direct comparisons. Even calls to Nvidia get very general responses claiming there is no comparison because the markets or use of workstation versus gaming cards is different.

So where's the beef? Where are comparisons that put numbers to these (deliberately?) vague responses?

But there are a few articles that seem to give some actual information on gpu performance expectations.

Doesn't it drive you nuts when a long render is in progress and the GPU monitor sits at zero??? And you have a gaming card with twice the number of CUDA cores as a workstation (Quadro) variant?

So here is a lot to read and think about, the best articles I have seen on the subject:

1. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/workstation-graphics-card-gaming,3425.h...
2. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/386333-33-quadro-geforce-autocad-solidwor...
3. http://www.tomshardware.com/t/graphics-cards/articles/page-2.html
4. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-workstation-graphics-card,3493.htm...
5. http://nvidia.com/docs/IO/123576/nv-applications-catalog-lowres.pdf

The dilemma seems to be that gaming cards sport more CUDA cores at far less money: is there really a meaningful GPU performance improvement realized with workstation (Quadro and Tesla) cards?

Some Tom's Hardware info suggests that the new (for example) GTX-590 can hold it's own. But in one of the other articles a significant boost is claimed going to a Quadro 4000 card (and he suggests checking eBay for used Quadros).

Lots of luck.
Mike


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