I wondering if anyone out there could help me to decide, urgently, what GPU + CPU + RAM should I choose for a new mobile machine configuration.
I have about 2000 euros to spend.
I need a good, fast, reliable performance, without any issues or bugs, to work on this kind of softwares (CUDA + OPENGL + WIREFRAMES + SHADERS + SHADOWS + HIDE LINES + 2D + 3D, etc, etc
ps: I am really not a gamer. Just need a good machine to work without problems, issues or bugs. Smooth and fast presentation in viewport, complex 3D with much edges, intersections and complex surfaces; and many layers in Photoshop, plus high resolution files, and big contest presentation panels.
Nice, smooth, without bugs? Nothing with computer graphics is ever like that.
I’m running a 27" touch screen and a second 24" monitor on an HDMI cable from the GF 750M. I have very few problems with it. Mostly I’m just running Chrome and other desktop productivity tools, but obviously I run Rhino as well. When doing technical support and testing, I do open some large files and problem files. I think the performance it good. but I’m not in a production environment either.
Video drivers are always problematic. For years, we recommended the Quadro cards because they are intended for OpenGL graphics. About a year ago, we started seeing problems with the Quadro drivers for Rhino. Rhino uses OpenGL 2.0 and Shader 1.2. Those are fairly old specifications and our guess is Nvidia isn’t doing a good job of supporting the older specifications anymore.
The AMD cards intended for OpenGL are the FirePro cards They are pretty good, a lot less expensive, but the antiailiasing doesn’t seem as good. This is important for some people and doesn’t matter so much for others.
No matter what you buy, you can count on have little glitches and problems from time to time. It’s just the nature of the beast.
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If you aren’t doing heavy rendering the quadro cards aren’t really worth the additional cost.[/quote]
Many render engines still don’t use the graphiccards. AND most developers of GPU accelerated render apps use the 780 or the Titan (in SLI) since the Quadros have fewer cores than the equivalent GeForce cards, so they are less bang for the buck.
As far as I know Rhino does not support SLI, so adding more cards will not give you more speed, it might give you faster AA, that I do not know.
Good to know on the quadro/gtx thing, what is the quadro series even for then?
As for sli, both my machines are sli gtx cards, our other work machine is a single gtx. there is a discernable difference in frame rate on the sli machines particularly when using AA, transparency, enhanced lighting, etc. And/or working with large files (our typical models have hundreds of solid objects and surfaces).
While rhino may not support sli, that doesn’t prevent the cards from operating in tandem.