: I've just ordered (and Dell shippped) a new 650 with an NVidia FX1000
: card... Then on yesterday's Knowledge Base Monitor I saw a TAN that
: the FX1000 has very poor performance when using Wildfire and
: transparent parts, and that the config.pro setting should be put back
: the the 'old' settings, where transparent parts looked more like
: screens than smooth.
That's very strange. The FX1000 is a good workstation card from a good gpu maker.
It was an upgrade of the Quadro 4 and is supposed to outperform the 900 by 30%,
going backwards doesn't seem to be an option. It is also on PTC's website as a
supported card for the Dell 650 on both XP and Win2k platforms. To help deepen
this mystery, let me tell you about the nVidia GeForce2 Go card on my Toshiba
laptop. It does Wildfire graphics with no problems, including a sweet job with
transparency and the PhotoLux rendering. The card has obvious limitations with
only 16megs of memory, but the basic functioning is good.
I'd sure like to know how they come up with the TANs after they approved a card
which seems like it ought to be able to do everything but backflips. Is it based
on one computer and one installation? Is some graphics testing company testing
cards with Pro/e and how systematically? Is there a published set of graphics
functions that a card/driver should have to perform well with Pro/e? I sure
haven't seen any such thing from PTC, although Dell has published a list of
functions the nVidia card will perform.
So, what I'm saying is that I wouldn't panic and start buying other cards just
yet. PTC might simply be playing cya with a big client. It's support style
generally reminds me of the computer business's idea of support from the 80s
you'd call up Dell or Compaq and they'd say, no sorry, that's not our problem,
you've got to call Microsoft; then you'd call MS and they'd say, no sorry, that's
not our problem, you've got to talk to the peripheral vendor and get their latest
driver, etc, etc, where 'support' is a finger pointing run-around. The answer to
this has always been ~ hold their feet to the fire, make them give you what you