- Quadro FX 1800
- 768MB GDDR3
- PCI Express 2.0 x16
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superior solidworks card 09/20/2009
Installation was a breeze with windows 7 x64, drivers were automatically detected and installed. Nvidia website also has the drivers for windows 7 available for download. This card, along with a core i7 and seagate 7200.12 harddrives is superior to my workstation machine running dual xeon processors (skt 771), a quadro FX 4500 gpu, and 15k RPM SAS harddrives. Solidworks 2009 x64 does not miss a beat even with full visualization on and real view graphics when opening a moderately complex assembly. This card is also 1/3 the cost of the FX 4500 when it was new years ago.
From every review on the internet it appears as if the quadro cards have drivers better optimized for CAD systems such as solidworks when compared to the FireGL equivalents. FireGL cards appear to be stronger in programs such as Maya.
People buying this card for the wrong applications then writing misleading reviews on newegg.
People comparing this card to gaming cards - apples to oranges. Even the most expensive gaming cards cannot compete with the openGL performance of the lower end workstation cards.
We built a computer specifically for solidworks 2009. Core i7 920, asus p6t deluxe, 3x 1TB 7200.12 seagate harddrives, 12gb G. Skill DDR3-1600 memory, corsair 750w power supply. Though windows 7 x64 is not officially supported by solidworks, 2009 appears to run very well and handles large assemblies well.
Depending on the application, one could probably get away with the much cheaper quadro FX 580 and still have excellent performance within solidworks.
Workstation cards are expensive; developer costs and support is what you pay for and its worth every penny. These cards do not sell at the same volumes as gaming cards so naturally they are more expensive.
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