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by craig_stott / June 6, 2007 10:09 PM PDT

Hi
I'm currently putting together the spec for a new computer but I'm not a gamer, I'll be using it for 3d cad, rendering and photoshop - plus watching DVDs.
I intend on getting Vista but am struggling to find a DirectX 10 compatible Cad card. Does anyone know of any other than the hugely expensive FX Quadro 4600 & 5600?

If no others are currently available does anyone know how the new GTX 8800?s will perform when used for those applications? Or any other DirectX 10 cards for that matter such as the ATI 2900?s???

Any help would be great!
Cheers!

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DX10 is only on Vista but here's a nice link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2007 11:35 PM PDT
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cad graphics card doesn't need dx10
by ramarc / June 7, 2007 10:43 AM PDT
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if you're not gaming, you don't need dx10. autocad 2008 supports dx10, but you're not getting any significant functionality versus dx9.

here's the list of autodesk-certified cards for 2008 on vista. http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/hc?siteID=123112&id=6711853&linkID=9240618&is_results=1&card_sel=0&manufac=0&card=0&cert=0&d_stat=1&d_stat=2&prod=AutoCAD-R17.0&prod=AutoCAD-R17.1&os=256

only pro cards get certification. consumer cards can run autocad equally well however (or at least with the same caveats). note that the radeon x1600 series is supported and recommended as is the geforce 7900.
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/hc?siteID=123112&id=6711853&linkID=9240618&is_results=1&card_sel=0&manufac=0&card=0&cert=1&d_stat=1&d_stat=2&prod=AutoCAD-R17.0&prod=AutoCAD-R17.1&os=256

more 3d horsepower only speeds up viewport performance (looking at a model interactively)... they don't improve rendering times and only help your workflow if you work on models with 100s of objects/textures. that's why $500 pro cards still have dinky GPUs in them.

considering your usage, i'd recommend you get a geforce 7900gs for $150: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=322824
i'd stay away from the radeon 2900 since its too new to depend on its driver support.

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