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EastCoastCreati
09-29-2013, 08:15 PM
I'm considering having a dedicated LW system. I'll be doing mostly illustration work, adverting etc and maybe a wee bi tof animation.

My question should I go for a Quadro card or stick with a GTX?

Dexter2999
09-29-2013, 08:35 PM
The GTX for solely LW work is the most "bang for the buck". The issue is if you branch out into to other graphics programs that can utilize the properties of the Quadro. Also, I bought a Quadro card for a system that also did video editing simply because the the company required it to make my system compliant with their "certified" components so I could receive support. I paid nearly three times what a GTX card went for with no discernible improvement in LW.

Newtek has no such requirements. Traditionally, LW has done best on Nvidia cards but very recently Kelly "Kat" Meyers was talking up his AMD card. I'm less adventurous and stick with what I know works.

EastCoastCreati
09-29-2013, 08:56 PM
I was thinking the same thing maybe a GTX660 Ti might be a good solution

JonW
09-29-2013, 09:15 PM
GTX660 Ti will be fine.

I'm still running my GTX280 & it works perfectly ok. I would also look at power usage of GC these days.

If you need to spend money get a 30" monitor or get a second monitor. This also looks good when clients give you visits! Acres of real estate!

Dexter2999
09-29-2013, 11:13 PM
You seen the 29" 21:9 monitors?
117375

Dexter2999
09-29-2013, 11:26 PM
You seen the 29" 21:9 monitors?
117375

LW_Will
10-02-2013, 05:14 PM
I was thinking the same thing maybe a GTX660 Ti might be a good solution

I agree. I have the plain GTX660 NOT the Ti, so its about a $40-60 less... but it works BEAUTIFULLY. You might want to watch the amount of RAM available in the card. I think you can get 2Gig of ram in the larger cards.

spherical
10-02-2013, 08:16 PM
Higher end GTX family cards are 4GB and 6GB.

akademus
10-03-2013, 01:01 AM
I'm building a LW rig these days, I went for 780, I dont really see any point in having Quadro, as a matter of fact the old one I'm having now, just gives me issues.

Waves of light
10-03-2013, 06:43 AM
Also, you could save a few quid and go for an older 500 series GTX card, as there are known to outperform the 600 series. I picked one up off ebay recently (Asus GTX 580 1.5GB) for 120.

http://www.legitreviews.com/nvidia-kepler-versus-fermi-in-adobe-after-effects-cs6_2127

LW_Will
10-03-2013, 03:52 PM
The power required in the 500 series is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than that in the 600 and on...

Considering the CUDA cores, the bare minimum is (IMHO) the 660/760 GTX. It tops out at the *80/*90 GTX, depending on how much cash you want to invest in your system.

Dexter2999
10-03-2013, 04:07 PM
CUDA core and RAM....but how much does this matter to LW when it does everything with the CPU? Doesn't it?

LW_Will
10-04-2013, 12:03 AM
CUDA core and RAM....but how much does this matter to LW when it does everything with the CPU? Doesn't it?

What does it matter? Not much. ;-)

The RAM seems to becoming more and more significant as they expand the capabilities of the program. CUDA is because I use my system for programs (Adobe, ipi, Turbulence, etc.) that require CUDA (OpenCL). Not that I HAVE all those programs, but I want to be future-ready.

Dexter2999
10-04-2013, 12:21 AM
I agree but it goes back to the point about paying for a Quatro...spending alot of money for a card LW wont take advantage of. But I also think it is smart to keep your overall work in mind not just solely on LW unless you are 100% certain it is a dedicated system doing nothing else.

Waves of light
10-04-2013, 03:32 AM
Yes, not to go off topic, but LW won't benefit from you throwing money at a GPU. CPU for VPR and RAM for rendering I believe is where your money is best spent. For comparing GPUs, I use http://gpuboss.com/. But obviously it will benefit you in the other areas of your profession.


The power required in the 500 series is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than that in the 600 and on...

About 45 watts more for the Asus GTX 580 v 680, so about 10% more, which I wouldn't call significant, but over time it will increase your electricity bill.

Areyos Alektor
10-06-2013, 04:46 PM
As I say in other similar topics I prefer working with the "AMD Firepro" which gives (at equal prices) best result under "LightWave" as the "Radeon"/"GeForce"/"Quadro". After all depends on what software is used as a priority. But always to the advantage of the "Firepro" the "OpenCL" which is very useful in applications like "Sony Vegas Pro".

dickbill
10-07-2013, 10:26 AM
I had a M5A99Fx pror2 + AMD Fx6300 + 1 single hard drive + 1 DVRW + Geforce gt 440 and a Thermaltake TR2-600W power

I bought a GeforceGTX 660 to replace the 440.
While the above system was stable, with the gtx660 I experienced random crashes, particularly when watching videos, but not only. I switched components from the older system and found that it was either a defective 660GT (which require its own 6pins alimentation while the 440 is directly fed through the PCie16) , or the power supply didn't deliver enough power, even at 600Watts. I then bought a RaidMax RX1000AE-1050 W- power supply and the system is stable again with no random crashes.
So, I was extremely surprised that 600 watts didn't make it on my system with nothing fancy.
And that's something to consider: don't go too cheap on anything because you are going to need those ~1000 watts power supply anyways, and those are not cheap. Nothing at ~1000W is under $200, almost the price of my GTX660 card.