How does a Quadro K2200 4GB perform with Rhino 7?

We recently tried to load a 50mb drawing (if I can share more information if needed) with a Nvidia NVS 310 and the performance was quite terrible, being a slideshow when just scrolling through the file.

We’d like to upgrade to another GPU that doesn’t require extra power, the Quadro K2200 seems like a good choice, offering the minimum 4GB of VRAM and being overall better than the NVS 310 and not being that expensive.

During the test neither the RAM nor the CPU were being stressed, hardly reaching 30% load on any cores even an older i3 4th gen or taking up more than 1-2gb of system ram.

But the NVS 310 while scrolling through the file was pretty much at 100% GPU core and almost none of the VRAM left of it’s 512MB.

Does anyone have any experience with this card with Rhino 7 or do I need to post more information?

The NVS 310 is basically a GeForce 310 which dates back to 2009 and is not intended for 3D at all. The Quadro is at least intended for 3D, but it dates back to 2014. Neither is a reasonable choice to actually spend money on, the GPU shortage is easing somewhat. There is basically no reason to buy a Quadro unless a 3090ti still leaves lots of headroom in your budget.

“CPU utilization” is meaningless, most “content creation” tasks are NOT multithreaded or even theoretically possible to multithread, so of course most of your CPU cores will be sitting idle, this should be standard basic computer knowledge by this point.

Just to be sure then, a GT 730 or GTX 1050 Ti would be a much better choice? (the systems we’ll be running this in will not have extra power connectors, so we’re a bit limited in that regard along with the price of the GPU’s themselves)

As for the CPU utilization comment, I was talking about per core utilization, through Open HW Monitor, but if I was wrong to monitor it this way, please let me know. :slight_smile:

There are websites where you can directly compare benchmark results–which are not perfect–between virtually anything you want to test. Nothing you’re talking about is actually “good” but according to them the 1050ti is the better choice: UserBenchmark: Nvidia GTX 1050-Ti vs Quadro K2200

Kepler architecture won’t necessarily be supported for very long anymore. If at all possible use newer than Maxwell based GPUs.

For rendering with Rhino the NVS 310 is no longer supported, or any Fermi-based card. The GT 730 is Maxwell, but also getting really old. The GTX 1050 would be a better choice since it is of the mentioned cards the one based on the newest architecture between them (Pascal) and thus has likely the longest use arc.

NVIDIA Corporation
Quadro K2200/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 461.72
Render version: 4.6
Shading Language: 4.60 NVIDIA
Driver Date: 2-23-2021
Driver Version:

Maximum Texture size: 16384 x 16384
Z-Buffer depth: 24bits
Stencil depth: 8bits
Maximum Viewport size: 16384 x 16384
Total Video Memory: 4 GB

I have one (workstation thingy) and I am unpatiently waiting for the graphics card crisis to end. I have to deactivate GPU Tessellation fo rhino to work properly. I don’t recommend it nowadays.