Hi, this is a little bit long so I hope some of you will have the patience to read it:
I have a PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX700 card and I'm quite happy with it, although it is a little weak with intensive graphics like large assemblies in SW2006. I'm considering buying a new workstation and thought of the possibilities I have, regarding two major aspects:
- AGP8 or PCI-E or both:
my current card is AGP8 but as I understand the future belongs to the PCI-E motherboards. if I buy a PCI-E Board then I'll have to buy a new 3D accelerating GC. If I buy a Motherboard which supports both AGP8 and PCI-E then it will be the best option, although also here there is a catch: Most of the trusted motherboard manufacturers, like Intel, don't make such motherboards (as far as I know). If I'll buy a motherboard which supports also AGP8 then I could transfer the card I have to the new workstation and still have the option in the future to upgrade to a PCI-E 3D accelerating GC.
- LeadTek or PNY (ELSA comes out of the question because it is not sold here at all):
My current card works great, and is fanless! which I think is a great plus, because those mechanical parts are always the weakest link in computer hardware + it is much more quite.
But, if I buy a new Quadro card I think I'll go for the Quadro FX1500 PCI-E (with active fan :-( ) - and here there are two options in the local market: LeadTek and PNY. with PNY I already have good experience for two years. but with leadtek I have no experience at all. so if somebody here in the NG has experience with LeadTek or with both of them, then please share it with me and the group (I know both are NVIDIA and should be actually pretty much the same regarding 3D graphics acceleration, but there is also the issue of lifespan (or in Engineers language MTBF I think), and quality of support and service in any case something goes wrong).