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Ati Fire GL graphics card vs others

by VengeanceFury009 / October 20, 2006 11:56 AM PDT

I am thinking about building a pc capable of running high-end 3-d graphics programs such as those used in game development and such. I also want to be able to play high end video games. Would the Fire gl graphics card be best for both? Or would an nvidia Geforce 7900 or similar card be the best route? What advice would you have in building a computer capable of being a workstation and gaming computer? Is a workstation just a better gaming computer? Thank you for any help!

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or the x800?
by VengeanceFury009 / October 20, 2006 12:42 PM PDT

What about the ati POWERCOLOR X800GTO256MBDDR3 Radeon X800GTO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card? This says its good for games but is it? And then is it good for 3-d graphics applications?

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Workstation vs Gaming.
by jpdpilot182 / October 22, 2006 8:50 PM PDT

I've yet to find a card that will run both games and intensive 3D applications well. A workstation card like the FireGL (ATI) and Geforce Quadro's (nVidia) are designed to render one extremely complex frame very quickly. An ATI card like the X1950 or nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX are designed for gaming and can render lots of frames that are less complex very quickly. So basically, if you have a workstation card then you will be able to render complex 3D models quickly, but gaming performance will be very lacking. Otherwise, with a gaming card, games will run smoothly, but complex 3D models wont render as quickly. So in answer to your question, NO a FireGL card would not be best for both, only 3D modeling, and a GeForce 7900 would only be good for gaming.

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