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PNY VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 3700 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Workstation Video Card

  • Quadro FX 3700
  • 512MB GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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Learn more about the PNY Technologies, Inc. VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB

General

Brand
PNY
Model
VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB

Interface

Interface
PCI Express 2.0 x16

Chipset

Chipset Manufacturer
NVIDIA
GPU
Quadro FX 3700

Memory

Memory Size
512MB
Memory Interface
256-bit
Memory Type
GDDR3

3D API

DirectX
DirectX 10
OpenGL
OpenGL 2.1

Ports

DVI
2
Other Ports
3-pin mini-DIN stereo connector

Spec

RAMDAC
400MHz
Digital Resolution
2560 x 1600
Analog Resolution
2048 x 1536@85Hz
SLI Supported
Yes
Cooler
With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported
Yes
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 (64-bit and 32-bit), Windows Vista (64-bit and 32-bit), Windows XP (64-bit and 32-bit) and Windows 2000
Linux (64-bit and 32-bit)
Solaris
System Requirements
PC compatible with Intel Pentium 4/Xeon or AMD Opteron class processor or higher
Open PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, or Linux
512MB system memory
50MB of available disk space for full installation
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
VGA or DVI-I compatible display
450W power supply
Single 6-pin PCI Express power connector

Features

Features
NVIDIA Unified Architecture
GPU Computing
Shader Model 4.0: Next-Generation Vertex and Pixel Programmability
PCI Express 2.0 Support
NVIDIA SLI Technology
Ultra-Quiet Design
Full-Scene Antialiasing (FSAA)
Rotated-Grid Full-Scene Antialiasing (RG FSAA)
Fast 3D Textures
nView Multi-Display Technology (available spring, 2008)
NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
Unified Driver Architecture
Essential for Microsoft Windows Vista

Packaging

Package Contents
VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB
Driver Disk
Power Cable
DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • DMS I.
  • 12/17/2010 7:18:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsCan not 3-way SLI

Pros: Good card. Had for almost a year. No problems.

Cons: Do not buy this card if you are looking to use 3-way SLI. I learned the hard way. These cards are for 2-way SLI only.
No MoBo supports QUADRO SLI, and yes there is a difference between Geforce SLI and Quadro SLI. Only Nvidia pre-made workstaions sold by dell etc, are "CERTIFIED" Quadro. Whats new...

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/19/2010 8:40:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFaster Renders

Pros: While not all applications will have improved rendering times, CUDA-enabled application will have much faster rending times as both the GPU AND the CPU will be used for rendering. Also, Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard will use the GPU as a general parallel processor available to any application. This will assist with render speed in non-CUDA applications.
*SOURCE BELOW*

Cons: HOWEVER, programs running on operating systems other than Windows 7 or OS X Snow Leopard will not be able to use the GPU as a parallel processor (although CUDA-enabled programs will still be able to). Also, non-CUDA programs will obviously not be able to use the GPU for rendering as CUDA-enabled programs can.

Other Thoughts: Before responding angrily to my post, please search:
cuda_what_is.html. The first link should be from nvidias site. (Sorry, I'm not supposed to post URLs).
Here you will find ALL of the information that I just posted.
BASICALLY, if you have the right OS, you will see some difference. If you have an enabled program, you will definitely see a difference. Otherwise, you will only have a better graphics card, but no real *rendering* difference.

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  • michael p.
  • 8/29/2009 2:54:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsto all those expecting better render times.

Pros: so theres a lot of argument about what this card will do in 3d studio max. i'm just posting a brief explanation right now to try and end it. there are 3 resources on a computer max uses, RAM, CPU, and graphics card.
RAM:this is used for the viewport, rendering, and every task, the more you have, the more complicated a hair and fur modifier you can use, and the more you have, the higher the poly limit. it's also used to store data while rendering. for really high res renders, you need more ram. the faster the ram is (1066, 1333, 1600 etc) the higher your viewport framerates can be, and it will have a negligible effect on render times.
CPU cpu does all the rendering, and uses the ram to store data, unless you are using special gpu rendering plug-ins (for realtime tests), cpu will handle all of it. it calculates where each beam of light goes, how shaded each pixel should be, saving, all of it.

Cons: gpu: the gpu is almost solely for viewports, although it does affect some modifiers as well (again, hair and fur, physics) but mainly, it affects how good you can make your viewport look (ie, show shadows, shading, etc) and your poly count. graphics card dramatically affects poly count. in my build (phenom 2 965, 8 gb ddr3 1333 ram, cas latency 12, this card, and an MSI mobo) the card maxes it's polies at almost 8 million, but it's being bottlenecked by the phenom.

gpu is for viewports. not renders.

Other Thoughts: oh, it's an amazing card. fantastic, although personally, i think sli/crossfire of multiple weaker cards gives you more bang for your buck than this. still well worth the cash though, as the 100 or so dollars saved is not worth having to set up sli/crossfire

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  • Chris C.
  • 8/14/2009 3:41:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: There was something mentioned about this card not speeding up render times. I am a 3d artist have been for over ten years, (Was working with 3dsmax r1). I don't know about a lot of the technical side I'm just a humble artist. But yes, it certainly did speed up my render times. Also it enabled me to render a lot of scenes my computer wouldn't even attempt to render before the card. (Mutiple 32 bit normal and displacement maps.) I suppose if they were baked this may not be as big an issue, but when test rendering high quality stuff, yes yes yes it does. There is no reason to spout rage, these reviews are here to inform.

Cons: Haven't found a con yet.

Other Thoughts: Great card, make sure you have the room in your case for it.

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  • Shaun P.
  • 5/9/2009 10:36:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsFaster Render Times?

Pros: Anyone expecting this (or any) video card to speed up their render times is certainly confused. Unless you are running CUDA applications, the video card has absolutely nothing to do with rendering speed, which is based almost entirely on CPU/RAM configuration. These cards cost so much more, because of both the unparelleled tech support and more importantly is their driver optimization for 3d applications (Maya, Lightwave, Cinema 4D, etc.).

Cons: Sorry about the slight nerd rage. I'm a 3d animator and am just sick of people not knowing what they're talking about.

Other Thoughts: Good card at a decent price...if you know what you're buying it for.

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  • Chris P.
  • 2/3/2009 11:00:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Card, Overpriced

Pros: Card does a nice job of redrawing in Lightwave, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Did not speed up render times in Lightwave as anticipated. Have not tried the card with Premier yet. This card does draw every frame, so you will see drawn information gaming cards may not render on screen due to Open GL optimization.

Cons: Card is a little large physically and over priced. If you're running a compact case you will want to consider getting a larger case with better airflow. Should only cost 2/3rds of the price for the card at $850, meaning around $500.

The chipset isn't the newest with this particular model, yet they still charge high prices because they figure you're going to use the card to make money.

Other Thoughts: I spent the extra money on this card because the information suggested the card would enhance render times during rendering. From what I've been reading, this is more of a smoke and mirrors trick with the "business" cards. They take the same chipsets you can get for less money for gaming cards and flash the card so you can see OpenGL better as opposed to Direct-X for gaming. This has been the trend for years however, and people are still willing to pay higher prices (in some cases twice as much as the non-business counterpart). I did however wait for this card to come down from $1600 to $850.

It would be nice if they would offer a standard card that you could flash for your use, similar to motherboard flashing. That way if you needed to have a card for Open GL you could flash the card for that purpose, likewise for Direct-X.

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  • Zachary P.
  • 1/8/2009 8:43:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt rocks!

Pros: I'm running SoildWorks Professional 2009 with FloWorks, very complex parts and assemblies. This card runs both of my HP 24" monitors flawlessly, I have all of my graphics settings set to max and you can still spin a part as fast as you can move your mouse without dropping a frame. It just kicks!

Cons: It's too expensive; why is the gaming version of this card (GeForce 8800GT) 1/8 the price? They say it's because of the tech support requirements but I don't buy it. They charge that much because they know you'll be making making money when you use this card. Oh well, *Writes it off as a business expense*, Free market for the win!

Other Thoughts: When I turn on the computer the GPU fan runs full speed (read: loud) for about 5 seconds, it might be a motherboard issue, anyway it isn't a big deal as it calms down and you can't even hear it when you are working. this is probably the highest value workstation card you can buy.

My Rig-
Vista Ultimate 64
Core i7 Extreme @ 3.6GHz
12GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 (6x2GB, yes, I do use all of it)
Biostar TpowerX58
nVidia Quadro FX3700
WD VelociRaptor 300GBx2
Dual HP w2408h 24" monitors
Cooler Master Centurion 590 case
Vigor Monsoon III CPU cooler
8 120mm Scythe fans and Zalman controller

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  • Michael D.
  • 6/19/2008 8:41:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCorrection needed in previous review

Pros: Top notch graphics for Solidworks

Cons: only dual PCIe capible

Other Thoughts: (1) Antec Case (Nine Hundred)
(1) Asus P5N72-T Premium
(1) Intel C2Duo E8400 (BX80570E8400)
(1) Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Coumpound
(1) Asus CPU Cooler (V-60)
(1) Thermaltake PSU (W0116RU)
(2) OCZ Reaper 2Gb PC2 6400 (OCZ2RPR10664GK) <-correction
(1) PNY Quadro FX3700 (VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB)
(1) DVD+R/RW/DL SATA (DRW-2014S1T)
(1) Seagate 250Gb SATA (ST3250410AS)
(1) OS-MS XP 64bit SP2C OEM (ZAT-00124)
(1) 3Dconnection SpaceNav (3DX-700029)
(1) Logitech G5 Mouse (G5)

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  • Michael D.
  • 6/19/2008 7:57:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolidworks Build 100% uptime

Pros: high FPS's on multiple fully rendered swept helix parts in large complex assembly in Solidworks GL2.0
ran 3dmark06 under stock conditions (non oc'ed) and scored a 12000 (this is quite excepptional considering this is not a gaming pc)

PC CPU Temps never rose over 37c (98f) in a 26c (80f) room.

Cons: only capible of dual PCIe configuration but board will allow triple PCIe

Other Thoughts: A rock solid (and inexpensive) high end Solidworks machine.
(1) Antec Case (Nine Hundred)
(1) Asus P5N72-T Premium
(1) Intel C2Duo E8400 (BX80570E8400)
(1) Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Coumpound
(1) Asus CPU Cooler (V-60)
(1) Thermaltake PSU (W0116RU)
(2) OCZ Reaper 2Gb PC2 9200 (OCZ2RPR11502GK)
(1) PNY Quadro FX3700 (VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB)
(1) DVD+R/RW/DL SATA (DRW-2014S1T)
(1) Seagate 250Gb SATA (ST3250410AS)
(1) OS-MS XP 64bit SP2C OEM (ZAT-00124)
(1) 3Dconnection SpaceNav (3DX-700029)
(1) Logitech G5 Mouse (G5)

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  • Mark R.
  • 6/19/2008 4:43:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorth it for CAD Pro's looking for great real-time 3D

Pros: Extremly Fast inside CAD as well as doing a really nice job for those of you that are gamers as well.. (not intended to be a gaming card, but holds it's own)
With the exception of the Quadro FX5600, the FX3700 is the fastest "Workstation" video card on the market at the moment bar none.. It's based on the G92 core and runs stock at 500Mhz core/800Mhz memory..
A lot of people will try to tell you that the Quadro's aren't worth the extra $$$ and to just get a Geforce card for 1/2 the money.. I'm here to tell you that real-world performance of "identical" Geforce/Quadro cards side by side have broken me of that thought process..

Cons: I can't say that this is a "con", but the price is always a concern when buying workstation class video cards..
Workstation cards are inherently more $$$ because you pay for the direct support with Nvidia/ATI on both sides of the fence and for the specialized drivers that come with that support..

Other Thoughts: This was tested and re-tested in identical systems next to the Geforce 8800GT (G92 core as well) and in CAD apps, the Quadro FX3700 blew away the 8800GT but was still able to kept it's own in games such as Crysis/Age of Conan posting "playable" scores @1920x1200..
This was the only component from my current system that was not purchased through Newegg due to the fact that it was a gift, but I didn't hesitate to get the rest of my system through Newegg.. Go Newegg!! Always Top Notch Service..

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