[Sidefx-houdini-list] OT. Workstation Hardware Qs

JUSTIN REEVES jreeves16 at msn.com
Sat Feb 6 00:45:10 EST 2010

These machines are for use in a software(GibbsCAM) that had some weird issue of not using more than 2 gig of ram a patch moved that up to 3Gig, and the 2010 release with Win7  I believe fixed the issue, but until that upgrade is purchased the added ram wont help much for this particular 3D software, strange.

This review is why I leaned towards Quadro, and a Fx580 is only $180, its that or a Geforce9800GT?, or a equal priced GT2##
but with this review and the Nvidia vs Quadro info page do you still think the Geforce is a better way to go? look at the links below, and give me your opinion.

Quote from review:
"A Quadro FX 4800 moves up to 10 times faster when running workstation 
applications than the GeForce GTX 280(its Geforce equivelant). This leads swiftly to a clear and
 inescapable conclusion: there's no good reason to use a GeForce 
graphics card for workstation applications. It just doesn't pay.

Review:::  http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/quadro-fx-4800,2258-10.html

Quadro vs Geforce:::  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CAkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nvidia.com%2Fobject%2Fquadro_geforce.html&ei=tgBtS6yYGoyANvSr2dAE&usg=AFQjCNESkCnpBGLD_XkAyUuFJ4Ky6W-D_g

Thanks again.
Justin Reeves

> Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:52:29 +1000
> From: rangi.sutton at gmail.com
> To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
> Subject: Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] OT. Workstation Hardware Qs
> On 6 February 2010 12:51, JUSTIN REEVES <jreeves16 at msn.com> wrote:
> >
> > i5 does have hyper threading but upon further research found that you need
> > everything HT capable CPU, MB chipset, BIOS, OS , and its main usage is
> > designed for servers, multi app stuff, cloud computing...Not so much use for
> > a workstation unless you like a bunch of apps running while you run a 3D
> > program but I dont do that.
> > The i7 dual cores are only Mobile Processors.
> >
> > Looks to me the AMD has more bang for the $ but I have only had 3 AMD
> > machines out of the 10 computers Ive had and had problems with 2 out of the
> > three, but Im not thrown yet.
> >  Only plus I can see for the price on a Intel is the new Giga Transfers on
> > the FSB, but I dont think the FSB being that much faster would out way the
> > CPU speed for equal $.
> >
> > Im really leery of a Quadro card, I saw a review from a customer using
> > Solidworks say that they had a Quadro FX580, that outperformed a Geforce
> > GTX275, I know the cards are way different it by design, just sucks to not
> > know at what point does the Geforce card outperform the Quadro in speed, I
> > know it wont in image quality just by design.
> >
> If you're building budget 3d workstations definetely go with GeForce, not
> Quadro. Benefit bang for buck is very low, and you could be spending the
> money on more other stuff... RAM! Have seen some stability issues with
> GeForce lately, but, that's computers for you.
> i7's do work great, when I last researched (a few months ago) were coming
> out on top on 3D benchmarks at the price point. Could be the FSB
> improvements...
> If you get a 6 DIMM mobo then you can up the RAM to 12Gb using the price
> point 2Gb DIMMs, which is a pretty usable amount of RAM for not much $$s...
> At least that's the story in aus..
> If you're going down the linux path, get intel chipset mobo (NIC especially)
> and you should be laughing.
>  That's what I reckon anyways ... ;)
> r.
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