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Deciding on best workstation GPU

Mel0nMan
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Which workstation GPU should I buy - the Radeon Pro W6600 ($700), the Quadro RTX 4000 ($900), the Quadro P5000 ($1100) or the Radeon Pro W5700 ($1200)?

P5000 has the most memory (16gb vs 8gb of all the others) but is older, more power consumption. W5700 and P5000 do not have ray tracing support which I don't need right now but likely will in the future.

The W6600 is seeming like the best value here - is there a reason to go for the RTX 4000 or shell out even more for one of the other options? (Raw performance in Tflops and rendering is similar between all 4.)

 

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List of my systems:

Main PC:

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HP z620 workstation, 2x Xeon e5-2690 v0, EVGA GTX 980 SC, 8x4gb DDR3-1333, 2x 2tb HDD, 1tb boot SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro

Linux system:

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ProDesk 600 g1 SFF, i5-4590, Quadro k620, 2x4gb DDR3-1333, 64gb boot SSD, 250gb storage HDD from the ewaste pile with many bad sectors, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

XP system:

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Compaq DC7600 SFF, Pentium 4 HT 631, MSI GT 210 passive, 2x512m DDR2-667, 80gb Spinmaster HDD

Testbench:

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Optiplex 760 board, GameMax VP-600 PSU, 4x 64gb AliExpress SSD (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 10), 1tb HDD (storage)

(currently has a Core 2 Quad Q9550 and 4x2gb DDR2-800 but I change its config frequently)

 

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That's a lot of money for a GPU. Is there a specific reason (other than the fact that you like them) that you want a Quadro/Radeon Pro card in the first place?

 

Side note: if you want to compare the performance difference for your specific workload between the P5000 and the RTX 4000, just spin up a couple Paperspace VMs. You can pay hourly for both of them, so you'd be able to do a bit of testing without buying the card. 

Phobos: AMD Ryzen 7 2700, 16GB 3000MHz DDR4, ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 1TB Samsung SSD 980, 450W Corsair CXM, Corsair Carbide 175R, Windows 11 Pro

 

Pluto: Intel Core i7-2600, 24GB 1333MHz DDR3, ASUS P8Z68-V, 4GB XFX AMD Radeon RX 570, 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, 3TB Seagate BarraCuda, 700W EVGA BQ, Fractal Design Focus G, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

York (NAS): Intel Core i7-2600K, 16GB 1600MHz DDR3, ASUS P8Z68-V, 1GB ZOTAC Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 240GB Kingston V300, 3TB HDD + 3x2TB HDD, 750W Dell PSU, Dell XPS 630i case, Windows Server 2019

 

Mid 2011 27" iMac (general use Mac): Intel Core i5-2400, 32GB 1333MHz DDR3, Z68 Logic Board, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6970M, 500GB Crucial MX500, 2TB WD Blue, macOS High Sierra

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6 minutes ago, BondiBlue said:

That's a lot of money for a GPU. Is there a specific reason (other than the fact that you like them) that you want a Quadro/Radeon Pro card in the first place?

 

Side note: if you want to compare the performance difference for your specific workload between the P5000 and the RTX 4000, just spin up a couple Paperspace VMs. You can pay hourly for both of them, so you'd be able to do a bit of testing without buying the card. 

Good to know about the VMs. I'll look at the rates and consider that. 

 

I want a workstation card because of the blower fan (for my weird case) and CAD software side optimizations. I prefer pro drivers to gaming drivers in terms of features, bloat amount and general feel. Don't have to worry about which partner board to get because it's one, made and tested by the manufacturer. 

 

Edit: I'd expect to recoup $300 or so from selling my 980 SC. And all the Pro cards are actually in stock at MSRP because they target a niche market. I feel spending $400-500 on a card I'll have for heck probably 6 more years is reasonable. 

Is it plugged in? Is it turned on? Are you sure? No, really. 

List of my systems:

Main PC:

Spoiler

HP z620 workstation, 2x Xeon e5-2690 v0, EVGA GTX 980 SC, 8x4gb DDR3-1333, 2x 2tb HDD, 1tb boot SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro

Linux system:

Spoiler

ProDesk 600 g1 SFF, i5-4590, Quadro k620, 2x4gb DDR3-1333, 64gb boot SSD, 250gb storage HDD from the ewaste pile with many bad sectors, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

XP system:

Spoiler

Compaq DC7600 SFF, Pentium 4 HT 631, MSI GT 210 passive, 2x512m DDR2-667, 80gb Spinmaster HDD

Testbench:

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Optiplex 760 board, GameMax VP-600 PSU, 4x 64gb AliExpress SSD (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 10), 1tb HDD (storage)

(currently has a Core 2 Quad Q9550 and 4x2gb DDR2-800 but I change its config frequently)

 

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18 minutes ago, Mel0nMan said:

Good to know about the VMs. I'll look at the rates and consider that. 

The RTX 4000 VM is $0.56/hr and the P5000 VM is $0.78/hr. IIRC you don't even need to pay for the full month of storage (usually it's a set price/month for storage + hourly usage) if you deactivate the machine. I wish they had Radeon Pro offerings, but they're Nvidia only ATM. 

 

21 minutes ago, Mel0nMan said:

Edit: I'd expect to recoup $300 or so from selling my 980 SC. And all the Pro cards are actually in stock at MSRP because they target a niche market. I feel spending $400-500 on a card I'll have for heck probably 6 more years is reasonable. 

In that case it could definitely make more sense. 

Phobos: AMD Ryzen 7 2700, 16GB 3000MHz DDR4, ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 1TB Samsung SSD 980, 450W Corsair CXM, Corsair Carbide 175R, Windows 11 Pro

 

Pluto: Intel Core i7-2600, 24GB 1333MHz DDR3, ASUS P8Z68-V, 4GB XFX AMD Radeon RX 570, 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, 3TB Seagate BarraCuda, 700W EVGA BQ, Fractal Design Focus G, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

York (NAS): Intel Core i7-2600K, 16GB 1600MHz DDR3, ASUS P8Z68-V, 1GB ZOTAC Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 240GB Kingston V300, 3TB HDD + 3x2TB HDD, 750W Dell PSU, Dell XPS 630i case, Windows Server 2019

 

Mid 2011 27" iMac (general use Mac): Intel Core i5-2400, 32GB 1333MHz DDR3, Z68 Logic Board, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6970M, 500GB Crucial MX500, 2TB WD Blue, macOS High Sierra

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