"Brian" with sw. An integrated intel chipset is "good enough" if you are only
I need a card for Solid Works 2005 and Catia v5r12.
We do not-very-big but also not-too-small assemblies
(500-1000 parts in an assembly).
We want to use it with two LCD 19 inches
displays (DVI connectors). In near future we
want to move to SW 2006 and....
We want professional card, but the budget is
very limitted (as you see)
Which is better for us ?
nVidia Quadro4 700XGL (64 MB) or Quadro FX 500 (128 MB) ?
Which is newer ? (Quadro 4 or Quadro FX)
Which is more powerful ? Which is more modern ?
Thanks in advance for help !
I don't know if the FX500 supports dual displays. The 700XGL is kinda old. I
have a 750XGL in one of my home computers. It has one digital and one analog
output for dual screens. I wasn't very impressed with it as it only
supported hardware OpenGL on one of the screens . Also, it's only 4X AGP,
but it is faster than a 700.
Right now, you can get a 980XGL on line for about $300.00 US if you look.
These cards are 128mb, 8X AGP, with two digital outputs. Full hardware
acceleration on both screens. I have one of these on my home workstation,
and at work. Very fast and stable.
The newer FX1100 is a bit faster, but not much.
One thing you didn't mention is the kind of machine you're going to put it
in. If it has an older 4X AGP motherboard, you won't see maximum performance
with any of the newer cards.
I have an FX500 - It works fine on sw2005 and win2k
I use it with two monitors - two 15" LCDs
I have had no problems with the card or any graphic related problems.
I create designs with 100- 300 parts ( mainly steel sections and
extrusions) . My curvy designs are limited to injection mould
assemblies and no client of mine can afford the tooling on a product
that has more that 4 or 5 mouldings !! ;-)
If your budget cannot stretch to more then it will be a perfectly good