View Full Version : Video card help..so many choices

06-27-2009, 07:01 AM
so im looking to replace my tired geforce 7800 GT. these are the cards im thinking about. I want to get the best match for LW 9.6.

1. Nvidia Quadro FX 380 256mb GDDR3, or FX 570 256mb DDR2.
2. e-Geforce GTS 250 SC, 1024mb GDDR3.
3. Geforce 9800 GTX+ , 512mb GDDR3.
4. Geforce GTX 260 OC Maxcore, 896mb GDDR3

-these are my choices, any help is welcome on stability with these cards in LW, and 9.6 :D

CC Rider
06-27-2009, 10:45 AM
depends on your specific needs, but I would personally avoid a card with more than 512MB if you are running a 32 bit OS. That 1024MB card uses up that much memory address spots and robs it from things like the os and apps. Depending on your system config, it could even cause some instability issues.
I use the Geforce 8800GTS 512MB since it first came out (maybe a year and a half ago or so...) and never have a problem.

I don't work with uber-poly count models so I may not have to deal the limits of the card...but that's been my experience.
Unless you are experiencing problems or already pushing the limits of your present card, don't be disappointed if you don't see much of a performance improvement with a new card.

If you are using 64-bit OS and you are using super complex models etc, it might be a good idea to make a jump to one of the higher memory models though...


06-27-2009, 10:58 AM
Stability and price... #3 is your best bet out of the one's you've listed. Even for high poly count models you won't get much more out of the 250 or 260. I wouldn't even bother with a Quadro unless you're doing other CAD work, etc... I doubt you would really benefit from it.

I've got a 9800GX2, 9800GTX, and a 280 (liquid cooled), and out of all of them the GX2 (dual GPU) smokes them all. In every benchmark test I've run, the GX2 outperforms the rest. I had an older 8800GTS and it never made half the numbers the GX2 did. But of course the 8800 was the most stable card I've ever seen.

06-27-2009, 11:41 AM
The card is going to be for a new build (box is just a LW, and PS):

Intel i7 920, 12 gig OZ (maybe 12gig of Corsair Dominators, tri chnl), dual 10k raptors, 1.5tb WD HD. (Might go Liquid cooled, "Cool Master")
either vista 64bit, or windows 7 64bit, havent decided yet.

06-27-2009, 05:20 PM
Yeah, what neverko said. Can't argue with any of that.

Honestly though, I don't see any performance improvement at all in LW on my PC with my GTX 285, over one of my other PCs with an 8800GTS in it. So unless you're going to be gaming too, you would do just as well to find an 8800, if you want to save some money.
You should also consider other apps you use as well. Photoshop CS4, for example, supposedly actually uses that GPU power the GTX provides.
But while LW saw some improvement in OpenGL performance during the past few years, it's still pretty lame. Might as well have a GeForce 6600 if all you're using is LW. :rolleyes:
CORE, however, will supposedly be a different story, utilizing the video card GPU more, but LW currently relies almost entirely on your CPU for OpenGL. Only one core of it, that is.

06-27-2009, 05:57 PM
I have an I7 920 with a 9800 GTX, running Vista x64... It runs very smooth. So, I would go with this card, if you have some more money, go for the 275 or 285, the rest is not worth the money or effort to try :)