Revit Architecture

Reply
Contributor
dzuber
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎07-31-2008
Message 1 of 4 (329 Views)
Accepted Solution

Choosing a new video card

329 Views, 3 Replies
11-13-2013 02:32 PM

Has anyone tried the new NVIDIA K2000 or K4000 video cards? I am in the market for an upgrade to my NVIDIA FX1800 and can't find much information about the K series. I am also considering a Quadro 2000 or Quadro 4000. All of these video cards are listed as certified on Autodesk's recommended hardware page.

 

I am running AutoCAD Architecture 2014 on Win 7, 64-bit OS. I also plan to use Revit in the future... but I've been saying that for years.

 

Any thoughts?

Mentor
autoMick
Posts: 248
Registered: ‎07-19-2012
Message 2 of 4 (302 Views)

Re: Choosing a new video card

11-14-2013 01:08 AM in reply to: dzuber

I have virtually identical computers, but with different graphics cards: GTX670, GTX680 and K4000.

I do most of my work on the K4000 and I've had zero issues with it.

 

Infrastructure Design Suite Premium 2014 (testing 2015 SP1)
Self-built i7-3930K, 16Gb RAM, P9X79 m/board
SSD(system), HDD(data), Win7Pro64, Quadro K4000 (and another with GTX680)
Contributor
dzuber
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎07-31-2008
Message 3 of 4 (289 Views)

Re: Choosing a new video card

11-14-2013 05:39 AM in reply to: autoMick

Thanks, autoMick. That's great to know. How long have you been running the K4000?

 

(Other specs: Custom built tower with Intel Core i7-4820K processor, Asus P9x79 Pro motherboard, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. I am replacing my old FX1800 video card because I have problems with artifacts and "ripples" on the screen.)

 

Thank you!

Mentor
autoMick
Posts: 248
Registered: ‎07-19-2012
Message 4 of 4 (266 Views)

Re: Choosing a new video card

11-14-2013 05:35 PM in reply to: dzuber

I've had that card in since around May this year.

 

My original intention was to do a comprehesive test betweent the GTX and Quadro cards as there is so little definitive information around. I started a thread in the Civil 3D forum asking for a definite test methodology, but that didn't really yield anything too exciting. Like most people I guess, I just didn't have the time and just left the K4000 in the computer. It's actually in my home computer which is where I do my more challenging work. I use Revit, Civil3D, AutoCAD, sketchup, photoshop daily. Like I said, I've never had a problem with that card.

 

Having said that, I haven't had any problems whatsoever with the GTX 670 or 680 cards either and they were half the price. As they are not running side by side, it's hard to make a comparison, but for the average punter I think they're all pretty hard to separate. I think the Quadro cards come into their own for rendering - where accuracy with reflections, etc. really separate the men from the boys. Probably video production too. I do a fair bit of video converting editing at a hobby level (playing with GoPro footage, etc.) on the K4000 and it works flawlessly. I haven't really tried that on the other computers/cards for comparison.

 

I never get artificacts/ripples/stutters, etc. etc. with any of the three cards I've mentioned and I deal with some very large Civil3D surfaces, point clouds, 3D models and detailed line drawings as well. I think a lot of the trick is to keep a 'clean' computer without heaps of add ons and other crap.

 

I can't comment on the relative performance to a FX card.

 

Cheers

 

- Mick

 

 

Infrastructure Design Suite Premium 2014 (testing 2015 SP1)
Self-built i7-3930K, 16Gb RAM, P9X79 m/board
SSD(system), HDD(data), Win7Pro64, Quadro K4000 (and another with GTX680)
Announcements
Are you familiar with the Autodesk Expert Elites? The Expert Elite program is made up of customers that help other customers by sharing knowledge and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration. To learn more, please visit our Expert Elite website.
Need installation help?

Start with some of our most frequented solutions or visit the Installation and Licensing Forum to get help installing your software.