PC peace wrote:
Not sure which of these apps really support cuda, but I'm quite sure if they benefit from it you don't want NVS cards.
Adobe state that their current versions (CS5) support 64 bit and CUDA, as do Solid Works and Autocad, so it seems that there would be much to gain by using a graphics card that can do graphic design (photo processing and 3d engineering design) rather than a gaming graphics card which can't contribute to the processing of any graphics except computer games.
Thanks very much for your reply. From what you say it appears that the NVS cards are for multiple 2d display situations like stock brokers with share prices or some sort of multiple display requirement at a marketing event or whatever.
This leaves just the Quadro 600 I suppose, because all other CUDA cards look like they are noisy (higher wattage requirements and serious fans mounted).
With regard to the "F word" with the Quadro 600: Does anyone know whether or not the Quadro 600 and its small fan are noisy in practice when in use for 3d design? OR >> Can the little fan on the 600 be removed and replaced with a larger but slower RPM fan?
Quadro 600 is a good choice for an entry level workstation. Its fairly quiet IMO, practically inaudible during normal workload in a P182/3 case. I wouldn't go swapping the fan or heatsink on a quadro card. I honestly never had a complaint on any Quadro card being too noisy even on builds using quadro 3800 or 4000 and I never swaped the heatsink.
The 600 is a bit weak (entry level) when it comes to 3D. Huge sceans will likely feel sluggish on the realtime preview window. Its good enough for small sceans or product design. If you do very complex work I encourage you to try the 2000 or even 4000 ($$$$).
The main advantage of quadro series is the driver. Quadro works much smoother and faster on autocad and 3DS when compared to Geforce cards that use the geforce driver. Despite being the GPU equivalent of GT430 the driver will make it work ~on par with a GTX460 in 3DS or autocad yet it uses much less power and overall experianmce is smoother (more compatible). If you are planning a workstation for 3D - Quadro cards are the way to go.
When it comes to Adobe CS5 apps each APP is different. Premiere uses CUDA (but needs some tweaks to get it's real time features to work with cards that are not on its supported list -check Adobe's website). Aftereffects also use CUDA AFAIK. Photoshop uses openGL (I think?).
The performance gains you speak of are relative. Depending on your work flow, it could mean better rendered real time preview in Autocad, or real time rendered effects in Adobe CS5. Regardless CUDA is typically used by apps to accelerate work flow. Eventually for your final product you'll want to render it all and that is CPU limited.