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AutoCAD Geforce vs Quadro

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I would get the lower performing quadro. This is a work computer only, yes? Driver and equipment stability is paramount. AutoCAD will run on gaming hardware but the gaming drivers are not certified for use with CAD software.

 

Similarly, Solidworks runs well on gaming hardware but a number of features are blocked if you don't have certified drivers. Further, graphical glitches are a not-infrequent occurrence that have been eliminated by going from gaming hardware to workstation hardware.

 

Recognize your audience here is majority gamers, most of whom do not rely on CAD to pay the bills. I do. I would not use a gaming card for billable work. Plus, the difference in performance is utterly irrelevant vs the difference in stability. If you're not rendering photorealistic models (i.e. you're designing stuff not making marketing fluff) then you won't notice the difference in GPU power between a 1080 and a 1050. What you need is stable drivers, so pick the Quadro or Firepro that best matches your budget. If you are going to be rendering more than modeling, then buy a more expensive Quadro. This is literally what these cards are designed for; leave the gaming hardware for the dabblers and the students.

 

I have yet to encounter a situation where I have been VRAM or Quadro GPU performance limited in CAD (Solidworks). I run into CPU processing issues much more frequently due to large assemblies and mates needing solved....which brings up the point that Solidworks (not sure about AutoCAD) is poorly multithreaded so CPU performance matters more than you'd expect.

Hi there,

 

I'm building a new PC for my work. This pc is, at the moment, only for building bodies of trucks and vans with AutoCAD. 

The current setup is a NVIDIA Quadrio FX 4500 with 2 AMD Opteron 254s and 4GB of RAM.

 

I've pretty much completed my build, but I don't know if I should go for a Quadro, GTX1070 or GTX 1080(ti).

 

What do you think?

 

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the gtx 10 series is for gaming. get a quadro

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2 minutes ago, Fancyland said:

get a 6800k instead, no use for the 6850k

 

3 minutes ago, Fancyland said:

Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($127.99 @ Amazon) 

id proably get a sata drive

 

 

Since this is a work machine and autocad can be picky when not using  a qadro or firepro, id probably get one. Id probably get a p4000 or wx7100.

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1. Do you need Intel? Ryzen will be much cheaper. 

2. AFAIK, 1070s are more powerful than comparable Quadros. You should be fine with either one though. 

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low end quadros aren't worth it, get the 1070 or whatever, this way you can game and work at once

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I do some basic CAD drawing with my 1070 and have never had a problem. I'm sure a high end quadro gpu is the preferred solution, but for the price, I'd say a geforce card will do the job just fine.

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39 minutes ago, MrMcMuffinJr said:

the gtx 10 series is for gaming. get a quadro

no idea whare your logic comes from, a gtx 1070 will be much better for OPs use case than a low-end Quadro. OP get a 1080ti if you can. 

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34 minutes ago, nerdslayer1 said:

no idea whare your logic comes from, a gtx 1070 will be much better for OPs use case than a low-end Quadro. OP get a 1080ti if you can. 

Would a 1080ti benefit me a lot in comparison to a 1070? Could you explain?

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25 minutes ago, Fancyland said:

Would a 1080ti benefit me a lot in comparison to a 1070? Could you explain?

Cad takes advantage of CUDA cores and VRAM, a gtx 1080ti or 1070 would be much better in terms of pure computing power. 

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My brother does some autocad himself, we have a 1800x with a Maxwell TITAN X and that thing is a beast at it.

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I would get the lower performing quadro. This is a work computer only, yes? Driver and equipment stability is paramount. AutoCAD will run on gaming hardware but the gaming drivers are not certified for use with CAD software.

 

Similarly, Solidworks runs well on gaming hardware but a number of features are blocked if you don't have certified drivers. Further, graphical glitches are a not-infrequent occurrence that have been eliminated by going from gaming hardware to workstation hardware.

 

Recognize your audience here is majority gamers, most of whom do not rely on CAD to pay the bills. I do. I would not use a gaming card for billable work. Plus, the difference in performance is utterly irrelevant vs the difference in stability. If you're not rendering photorealistic models (i.e. you're designing stuff not making marketing fluff) then you won't notice the difference in GPU power between a 1080 and a 1050. What you need is stable drivers, so pick the Quadro or Firepro that best matches your budget. If you are going to be rendering more than modeling, then buy a more expensive Quadro. This is literally what these cards are designed for; leave the gaming hardware for the dabblers and the students.

 

I have yet to encounter a situation where I have been VRAM or Quadro GPU performance limited in CAD (Solidworks). I run into CPU processing issues much more frequently due to large assemblies and mates needing solved....which brings up the point that Solidworks (not sure about AutoCAD) is poorly multithreaded so CPU performance matters more than you'd expect.

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The person using the pc isn't computer savvy and doesn't have admin rights. So I think the quadro wil be the best bet for the system.

A user needs admin rights to install a driver with Geforce Experience, doesn't he?

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