View Full Version : GFX cards

08-25-2006, 08:48 AM
Hey guys,

thought id tax ur brains again and ask you lot if you could reccommend any GFX

cards to run on our PC XEON xw8000

Our budget stems from 200-1000+

The GFX card would have to run on a AGP slot but and ideas for a PCI slot will

also be noted as we could change to that format in the near future.

Any advice would be great.


Asmind "the forever question askin mo-fo" ................

ps wats the advantage of having a 64 bit system over a 32bit???

is it price?, or is it a big difference in performance/rendering?

08-25-2006, 09:22 AM
64 bit, only speed up rendeing marginally. The main reason for using 64bit, is the amount of memory that can be addressed by the program. LW32 is restricted to a max of 4GB using wow64, but LW64 can use as much as your sytem has installed.

As for a graphics card, look for the fastest Nvidia card you can afford. I use a quadro 2000(AGP) and a geforce 7800GTX(PCIE). The geforce does give superior performance in LW, so right now a fast gaming card IMO will be more than adequate.

08-25-2006, 10:12 AM
Thanks man,

Wats a WOW64?

Being a Novice was wondering if u are running both GFX cards u mentioned???

i.e quadro 2000(AGP) and a geforce 7800GTX(PCIE)??

Thanks very much for ur help.


08-25-2006, 10:29 AM
Wow 64 is what Windows XP64 uses to run LW32bit ;)

Yes I run both those cards (but not in the same machine :))

08-25-2006, 01:06 PM
WoW64 stands for Windows on Windows 64. Basically its the emulation package built into Windows X64 to provide compatability with older 32bit code. Its a very efficient piece of software, and most 32bit programs do not notice a performance hit.

Also, traditionally, Lightwave has never really taken full advantage of pro level cards such as the Quadro, so your money is better spent on mid to high end gaming hardware, as it will be cheaper and perform roughly the same.

Also, Windows X64 supports 128GB of physical memory, thus 64bit LW should be limited by this number (128GB). Still, not many motherboards support 128GB of RAM :) So this point is somewhat moot...

Personally I use a Geforce 7800GT, though this is a PCI Express based card. You will likely want to look into getting the Geforce 7800GS, as this is an AGP part.

08-30-2006, 03:19 AM
Thanks for the advice mate!!!