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Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 4:28:01 AM | Revit graphics card?

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Hello, I am looking to upgrade my computer but I don't know how to run a benchmark on my own computer. I am pretty sure I need a new graphics card but I don't understand the difference between "gaming" cards and "non gaming cards" autodesk only tells you card xyz is "certified" but I'm like wtf does that mean? There are 10 of them that are certified and drastically different prices! All the reviews I can find on google are about "gaming" cards and that gaming cards need speed where autocad needs precision. I'm like why the h@\\ can't I have speed and precision? I mean some of those gaming cards seem pretty ridiculous with like 6GB of memory? Will that really not work in Revit? Why is there such a drought in this area? I feel like some one out there has to have compared graphics cards with Revit with bench marks and information that I can compare?? Does anyone really know this stuff? Like REALLY? What is the absolute hands down best graphics card for Revit? And what are some pitfalls to watch out for? Thanks so much in advance!!

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Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 8:44:45 AM | Revit graphics card?

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Good question. I suspect that for practical reasons autodesk and other CAD/BIM software developers maintain compatibility with the professional cards only. However, I see that the number of compatible cards for revit 2014 is far smaller than for revit 2013.

We have a few Quadro FX3800 not yet certified for R2014, and indeed they are crashing nearly everyday. I've tested revit on non professional cards and a few features are not supported properly, namelly transparency applied on objects, etc.

Many Nvidia consumer cards (GeForce) are listed on Autodesk "Find Reccomended Hardware" as non recommended and non certified.

So I also wonder if there is somebody out there with the skills/time to develop a test plattform for all cards with Revit so we could compare them. 

 

 

 



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Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 2:18:52 AM | Revit graphics card?

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I agree! Someone out there who tests gaming graphics cards for example would mind expanding there testing into the multi-trillion dollar construction industry? The forerunner of course being Revit. I am shocked how little information is out there reguarding this topic, all things considered.  


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Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 6:13:09 PM | Revit graphics card?

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To the original poster.... This is a professional site.  Your language indicates you are not..  You need to learn that what you post says a lot about you and you put it out there for all to see.

 

What do you need the best card ever for?   Getting a newer, flashier button doesn't make you any better.  It is your skill that matters.  Once you have enough skill, you will be able to find a better card if you need it.  Our office successfully uses some very inexpensive cards for our normal production needs.


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Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 8:15:55 PM | Revit graphics card?

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Well I didn't mean to offend anyone. But you cannot make the assumption that I am not a professional from my verbiage. This is what is known as "jumping to conclusions." I am in fact, a professional Revit user. Why else would I be looking for the best card ever? I am trying to shave seconds, or even fractional seconds off of each of the 20,000 iterations I do everyday. If you are so happy with your "cheap cards" why do you withhold what they are? Just to insult me? I realize you are insulting me with your poor analogy of a "bigger flashier button" not making me any better, when graphics cards don't even have any buttons. But for your information "flashy buttons" AKA "programmable buttons" actually quadrupled my workload capability, through a combination of scripts and macros. Your obviously a smart individual, but there is no reason to talk down to me. I simply came to this site to ask a Revit specific question to other Revit users.

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Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:19:18 PM | Revit graphics card?

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"But you cannot make the assumption that I am not a professional from my verbiage"  I would also jump to the conclusion of non-professionalism by your post and WWHubs point is that professionals act in a professional way and when you do not nobody wants to help you. 

 

I run the ATI FirePro V5700 and I have no problems at all.


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Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 4:49:49 PM | Revit graphics card?

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I have a  working relationship with someone at Raylectron (a sketchup rendering engine).  I asked him this very question since had just upgraded our video cards.  He explained to me that the main difference between a "professional" video card and a "gaming" video card is the type of memory.  For example: a professional card uses error correction and other things to ensure that there are no mistakes.  Gaming cards sacrifice this and the cost savings usually yields greater speed/bandwidth.  Mostly this would be noticed in rendering, specifically lighting calculations during bounces of light.  He recommended that I get the most cores/bandwidth and not focus on a looking for professional video card.  This was a specific recommendation for our office.  I can’t speak specifically for you, but I hope that the information he provided me with is helpful to you as well.  Since then we have been purchasing "gaming" cards.

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Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 5:28:42 AM | Revit graphics card?

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I have also moved away from "professional" cards, I have been using 2 AMD Redeon 6990 in CrossfireX to run my 3x 30" displays with resolution of 7680 x 1600 in eyefinity so I can have 3 Revit windows  openned. I do most of my redering in  Revit => 3D max => Lumion and they work perfectly.  just don't get stuck  on   legacy cards  if you realy want to be professional.

 

 

 


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Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 6:47:10 PM | Revit graphics card?

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Wow thank you all for your advise, at least now I have external experience from which to draw. As well as some example of what works and what to look for, which was what I was looking for. I appreciate the suggestions!


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