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Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 9:38:45 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards




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Hi All!

 In the system recommendations for Revit 2010 it is stated that you will need a " Dedicated video card with hardware support for directX 9 (or later)

Does anyone know what would be a good card that fits this recommendation.

I am looking for application in an architecture office environment, which will exclude high-end gaming cards (unfortunately :-) )


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Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 11:27:26 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards



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I use both Nvidia Quadro FX series and ATI FireGL series workstation cards, both support directx9 and seem to support 2010 quite nicely, even my laptop Nvidia geforce 7950 gtxs seem to work ok. The performance isnt GREAT!! but it is improved.

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Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 11:50:26 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards




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Great! That means something like a geforce 8600gt 256mb, which retails at around 50$-60$ would do the job?

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Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:52:06 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards



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All design packages say that you have to have a dedicated graphics card. But from the reviews that I have read up on say that a shared graphics system will work.

If you do have the money for a dedicated graphics card, go for one that has accelerated graphics as this will improve the overall loading time of the graphics for any windows program.

Hope this info can help you!!



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Thu, May 28, 2009 at 3:04:33 PM | Revit 2010 Video Cards




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well, turns out ATI cards can give you a hard time if you want to use the DirectX acceleration - I tried 4 different ones in 3 different computers (could be a Vista problem) and had problems plotting (weird that it is connected) - elements were randomly missing which could be a serious issue as you can imagine.

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Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 12:38:29 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards




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does video cards reduce time in revit rendering ?


I'm going to buy a new pc soon...

here's what's on my list 


 [Mother Board] - [LGA1366] Asus P6T Deluxe V2

 [Processor] - Intel™ Core™ i7 920 2.66 ghz 8mb 4.8 GT/s

 [RAM DDR3] OCZ 6gb (triple) ddr3-1333 pc3-10600 OCZ3G1333LV6GK (Gold Edition)

 [VGA PCIE] Palit GTS 250 1gb/256bit ddr3 (maybe I'll buy 2 if video cards would reduce rendering time)

 [HDD] Seagate 1tb/32mb 7200.11 (ST31000340AS) sata

 Cooler Master (RC-590) Centurion 590 atx w/o psu black

 HEC 700watts Cougar CM Series


 is this a good setup?

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Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:36:13 AM | Revit 2010 Video Cards




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The graphics card has nothing to do with rendering time. As soon as you hit "render", its all about the CPU. With that said, in Revit's model performance tech spec sheets, they clearly say that Revit will not use more than 4 cores for rendering. So getting a 2x4-core set up is worthless. Also, a quadro (or any workstation) card is not necessary. All you need is a current card with some decent specs. The graphics card is used more for when you are modeling in Revit and model regeneration. 

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