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what is the best graphics card on the market?

By parissearles
Feb 8, 2004
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  1. I am buying a new system which i will be using for architectural applications like AutoCAD, 3D Studio MAX, Rhinoceros and Photoshop. I need a powerful graphics card to handle complex graphics associated with rendering and 3D modeling.

    What is the consensus?
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

  3. somekid007

    somekid007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 369

    for 3d work, look at ati's fire gl line or nvidia's quadro. i'd prolly buy the fire gl 9700 if money isnt an obstacle
  4. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    Re: Re: what is the best graphics card on the market?

    Something else to consider for workstation apps is the Matrox Parhelia....256MB version. I've got some users of Microstation using that card and it's been flawless.

    Just my $.02
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,291   +262

    Not gonna beat a professional grade card like a FireGL or a Quadro FX. If you are talking about spending real money for real CAD cards then these are the only things you should be looking at. If you're building a budget CAD machine then I'd put a Radeon 9800 Pro in there.
  6. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,212

    We'll find out here this week. I've got one of each coming in for a test bed.....Parhelia, FireGL and QuadroFX. I'll keep ya' posted.
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