Here's the conclusion of that testing.
Conclusion: NVIDIA Performance Leader, ATI More Performance For The Money
The Quadro FX 3000 from NVIDIA is the undisputed winner in the performance
category of the comparison test. But customers have to fork over a wad of
cash for this card. Not everyone is willing to pay street prices of $2000
for the FX 3000 and even $3000 for the FX 3000G. At $900, the FireGL X2-256
is a real bargain by comparison. And its performance isn't shabby, either.
In general, the test shows that ATI has the better price/performance ratio.
For engineering offices with modest requirements for rendering performance
and a small budget, the FireGL T2-128 is a good choice. While this
entry-level product may cost $50 more than the Quadro FX 500, it also
delivers better performance figures.
Compared with earlier OpenGL tests, not everything went smoothly this time.
The Quadro FX 3000 and the FireGL T2-128 at first crashed in the
3D-Studio-Max benchmark. The problem even occurred on two different test
platforms with E7505 and i875P chipsets. NVIDIA was finally able to solve
the problem with a driver update, while ATI can only handle this partial
test on the i875P system with a certain AGP aperture setting.
Thus, the old rule still applies: OpenGL hardware can be produced fast while
drivers take a little longer. However, suppliers have eradicated the major
bugs, so we now can give buyers the green light.
so the 500 is entry level not much poop, the 1000/1100 seems to be a good
middle ground for 670-1200+$$$ at most e-stores, so for $550 the fx2000
sounds like a bargin right?
i have a 3000 at work and it rocks, i have a hard hacked geforce 4600 at
home and it sucks ass (was ok until i hard hacked it like an ass!) now i'm
in dire need for a new card and this looks like the only way i'm going to
get one cheap! i'm going with the fx2000 and hope for the best. thanks guys
No, of course not. But the person asking didn't say he was making 10,000,000
part assemblies either.
I just stated something told to me by an Authorized reseller of Solidworks.
Obviously if there was no difference in the products, there wouldn't be
different products. (most of the time)
I say, go for the biggest and most expensive one you can find.
tha fact is for less than the price of a fx1000 you can get an fx2000. that
was my only point. i always like to have a little more than not enough. i
worked for a co. that when first out of the gate put 8-10 gb hd's in the cad
puters! let me tell you...your ass was always against that wall! he was
afraid you may have an mp3 or 2 stored on there. he learned!
i just think it is a hell of a deal, and in the tooling industry you never
know when your next job just may be a 10,000,000 pc assy. ;0) thanks for all
the comments guys.
Don't do ya much good if ya don't have a PCI-E slot on the board....
I've read that boards with PCI-E won't have AGP at all, and visa-versa.
Hardware conflicts or some such thing.
The slot on the board will drive the type of card.