View Full Version : New Video Card for Lightwave 9.6

05-13-2010, 10:04 AM
I currently have an old ATI FireGL 5200 with a measly 256MB of ram. I am wanting to upgrade but want to save money. Anyone work with some of the high-end game cards? Seems the little testing I've done they seem to work pretty good for the money. I mean a 1GB card for $150 instead of a 512MB card for $500 in the workstation series.

Anyway, anyone have experience or comments about a good inexpensive upgrade to what I have? Thanks.

05-13-2010, 11:31 AM
well... lot of people complains about LW OGL, but in Streaming mode i get extremely fluid OGL even with 1-2 million polys on a GTS 250, which is a bit old.
I guess 260 and further ones are pretty ok for LW usage.


05-13-2010, 12:27 PM
Do you work with Background layers alot? one of my troubles is when I want to use a background layer as a guide, ATI drivers get very SLOW with this.

I've tried all the different combinations of OGL sorting, and streaming etc. with my setup.

Thanks....anyone else have experience with upper end GAMING cards for LW?

05-13-2010, 12:47 PM
this one seems doing fine with BG layers.

Greg Lloyd 5
05-14-2010, 11:38 AM
If I were to build a new system, I would check the reviews out from the major hardware reviewers. They will usually have cpu, motherboard, chipset, hard drive, video card round ups and more from time to time. Some even have a LW test, but all have some type of digital content creation software they do testing with, along with the games and almost everything else. I usually get the one at least two agree is really fast with the least amount of driver issues with the hardware chipset I plan to get. Here are a few review sites I look at.


I then try to find the hardware at a decent on-line vendor like:


These are the ones I use and trust, but there are many more. Post your favorite! I would love another resource for buying hardware.

Anyways, I hope this helps to get you a good video card. I find that the best way to get one is to do the research. You will always be happy with the result that way...