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

JUSTIN REEVES jreeves16 at msn.com
Tue Feb 9 20:33:36 EST 2010

I havent owned a Quadro and havent even used a machine with one on it, So I can only go off of what you guys all think so thanks for the info.  What about running SLI, does that seem reliable or is it better to just spend it all on 1 card.
  The Gibbscam software company recommended against SLI.
Also what about hard drives, I know youll get more speed out of striping, but there is the reliability, what seems to be the better more used choice today, Even if I did run striped drives there is also storage on the network so if a machine drive crashes nothing is lost.
Stange though I looked into the CAD/CAM software that the machining industry uses (Solidworks, AutoCAD, GibbsCAM, MasterCAM)they mostly point people toward the Quadros. but Im sure they dont care what the costs are to you.

Justin Reeves

> Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 11:12:42 +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 15:45, 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.
> >
> >
> Hmm.. yep, an FX580 isn't that much more than a geForce.. but that review
> talks about a 4800.. looking at prices here between the cards compared,
> there is a 6x price difference... ie. The Quadro card costs nearly $3k AUD,
> where the last workstation we built in total cost < $2k AUD.
> Spinning polys too slowly is seldom the problem here.. it's more proc speed
> and RAM. Sometimes we've had troubles with points with attributes on them,
> but I think that's a recent quirk with houdini + current nvidia drivers for
> geForce. Certainly, not worth over doubling the price of the workstations to
> fix.
> It's all pretty confusing! But I gave up on quadros a while back and haven't
> looked back.
> Cheers,
> r.
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