Originally Posted by Glubrid
am trying to Build a Workstation for 3D Rendering , The extent of work would include 3DS MAX , MaYa , Adobe Premier Pro and After effects cs5 - I need opinion choosing between Quadro or High End GTX card.
I would be doing Loads of rendering and 3d Modelling , texturing Lightning and all that.
CPU : i7 3930K
Mobo : ASUS P9X79 Pro
Ram : CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9
PSU : Corsair AX850
HSF : Corsair H100
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D
HDD :Intel 320 Series GEN3 160GB 2.5IN SSD SATA2 + WD 1.5TB Black
GPU : Quadro 5000 or GTX 580 (no point getting 590 as SLI is not supported by adobe suit)
I need serious performance , I have been using other alternatives like cpu rendering on render farm and cuda hack on gtx 460 / 560 but This machine or even something better is needed.
Buy Quadro 2000.
You will not get same performance in "pro apps" with top end gaming card as cheapest pro cards.(at least so was when I've used quadro fx 560 after geforce 8800 gts in 3ds max - in games side" I've played crysis on maximum settings with 8800 when with FX even Counter strike was sometimes lagging.
Unfortunately you can't make custom driver(add gtx strings to .inf file) anymore, so you would get much, much stable driver(with minimal bugs and app crashes, I would say zero). So, if you know any way to use quadro driver on geforce - do it. So you'll have additional 20% reason to buy geforce.
Anyway, if you use GPU rendering engine(not CPU), then I don't really know - thing is, I guess you know, quadros have much better quality(when it's said to have 16x anti-aliasing it really does anti-aliasing), on the other hand you still can play with quadro 5000 if you want, with little bit less performance - but still it'll be enough good to play.
First try with quadro 2000, if it will not be enough - buy 5000.