[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware for houdini

Simon Barrick simon at primalpictures.com
Mon Feb 22 03:13:13 EST 2010


If you are going to be using a lot of heavy geometry I'd recommend the entry level quadro over the geforce we used to run geforce cards but found that the quadro ate big geometry sets for breakfast. That seems to be their main advantage.

My 2 cents
Simon


-----Original Message-----
From: sidefx-houdini-list-bounces at sidefx.com on behalf of Peter Bowmar
Sent: Mon 22/02/2010 05:55
To: sidefx-houdini-list at sidefx.com
Subject: Re: [Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware for houdini
 
Agreed with Gene, Quadro usually isn't worth it. However, test before
you buy! We found that we needed Quadro for 2D work, not 3D (not
Houdini) for example.

 Also, if you're in a training centre, you don't need bleeding edge
CPUs unless you think you can't buy new ones for 3-4 years. Except for
some especially slow fluid sim/PBR things in Houdini that need all the
horsepower, you're likely not needing super speed. We usually buy a
generation behind (we're on whatever was before i7, it's all so
confusing now) and it's fine and saved us many thousands of $$.

Cheers,

Peter B

On 21 February 2010 20:24, Gene Dreitser <keyframe at rogers.com> wrote:
> Hello David,
>
> If cost is an issue, I recommend skipping the Quadro card, and go for a GeForce instead.  Throw the difference at *MOAR* RAM.
> I've been running GeForce in a production environment for years, and haven't had enough issues to warrant the cost difference.
>
> G
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: David McBride <david00289 at yahoo.com>
>
> Hi All,
> I'm looking at getting a number of new systems for a training center where i work and this was suggested:
>
> MB: ASUS P5e64wspro
> CPU: Q9550 Quad core
> GC: QuadroFX1500
> RAM: 8GBDDR2
>
> I'm wondering if that is a special socket and if so if there is any future for this type of CPU.  I'm seeing alot of cpus faster in some online benchmarks but none of them quad core.
>
> We want to buy smart and cheap. Does anyone have suggestions or advice?  Would it be better to buy a board that was i7-975 compatible with a slower processor and thus be able to upgrade to i7-975 when prices come down? Should we get DDR3? Are there better choices for display cards?
>
> Any advice or warnings would be greatly appreciated.
>
>
>
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