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

Jihyun Nam initialfx at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 12:20:38 EST 2010


Just trying higher clock CPU and more memory + cheap quadro(with quadro
overlay plane). Who cares about polygon(triangle performance) on Houdini? I
think Quadro FX 4XXX, 5XXX are too much. FX580 will be OK with 24inch
monitor.


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On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM, JUSTIN REEVES <jreeves16 at msn.com> wrote:

>
> 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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