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I have an ati v5800 with Map3d + win 7 + intel cpu. works great with 3 monitors. I used nvdia fx 1300 card with 2 monitors before that with win xp & amd cpu, it wouldn't run with Win 7. Both cards work well with the right system setup. make sure you maximize your cpu memory and get a fan blowing directly on the video card to help out keeping cool.
Thanks for the reply. While it doesn't quite answer my question of which card is better, especially since you're running a higher-end card than what I'm looking at, it at least appears that the ATI drivers are good enough to use.
Our setups currently utilize two 24" (1920x1200) monitors, which is the best our ancient Quadro FX 540's can handle. Our new rigs will have 8GB or 16GB of RAM (probably 16GB because it's so cheap right now), mostly for enhancing our Photoshop work and to cover future needs. We'll do a 3D model and rendeirng every once in a while too. I'm also looking at the Intel Core i7-2600K for us, which appears to blow almost everything else away, especially in its price range.
Has anyone used either the Quadro 600 or FirePro V4800 with AutoCAD, though? The prices are comparable and I know the Quadro will be good, but having that extra monitor with the FirePro is very enticing. I'm just afraid to switch from the tried-and-true Quadro line for something I've not used before.
The Quadro 600 is a great solution for AutoCAD and it sounds like you are already familar with the advantages of using the customized AutoCAD Performance Drivers to maximize your performance even with demanding 3D visual styles. The Quadro 600 will support up two high resolution monitors (2560x1600). You may find that rather than needing to add additional monitor real estate to your desk, you can achieve better results by efficiently using the display outputs you currently have by using NVIDIA's nView desktop manager. NView offers many options for managing your displays using virtual diesktops, application management and intelligent windowing.
You can see a video of these features in action with AutoCAD here:
Technical Marketing Manager, NVIDIA
I wasn't aware that the NVIDA drivers installed that application. It seems like a pretty handy utility, although it duplicates much of the functionality of the DisplayFusion utility I'm already using.
The two things that interested me most about the nView Desktop Manager were the grids and the virtual desktops, neither of which worked for me as expected. How do you draw a grid that has two colunns and three rows ONLY in the left column? Also, is there a setting to make the virtual desktop control all windows? Right now when I switch between virtual desktops, many of the windows from the previous desktop are still present.
I'm in the same boat - torn between the Quadro 600 and FirePro V4800. Did you purchase one card over the other? I'm curious to know if you are satisfied with the card you chose.
Unfortunately, no, we have not bought our new computers yet. Our purchase target date has been pushed back a few months, at least. We're waiting on a big project to close before buying our new equipment and the closing has been delayed.
Still leaning towards the FirePro V4800 due to the comments above and for the triple monitor support. I can't ever seem to have enough screen space.
We finally got our new office computers last week (almost a year later than intended). In the interim, ATI has released the FirePro V4900, which was only $10 more than the V4800, so we specified the computers with those.
I'm running two 30" monitors at 2560x1600 and one 20" monitor (rotated) at 1200x1600. The V4900 seems to handle well and, even though it's not officially supported by Autodesk, everything appears to be displaying accurately. We haven't done 3D stuff for a while, and probably won't be in the near future, so I can't speak to that yet, but I'm sure it's leagues better than the old graphics cards we had.
It's really nice having that extra monitor without having to plop down for another card!
We're looking to add some new cpu's for Revit and curious how you like the ATI 4900 graphics card as opposed to an Nvidia Quadro 600 or 2000?