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Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 5:00:28 PM | Any REAL issues in using nVidia GeForce Cards vs. nVidia Quadro FX cards???




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My question is this:

Are there any Reviteers out there currently using a nVidia GeForce card (7900s, 7950GT, 8800s) that can honestly say that they've had issues in using a "gaming" card to work in Revit 9 or 9.1?

I'm deliberating whether to shell out hard earned cash for a brand spankin' new Dell system with a new nVidia 8800GTX (single card) or the new nVidia QuadroFX 4500.  (I've read statements in numerous forums that indicates Revit doesn't recognize the SLI technology yet nor the OpenGL of the nVidia cards.)

Comments from anyone with experience on either the GeForce or QuadroFX cards would be greatly appreciated.

I'm new to Revit (just finished Level 2 training) so I won't be doing any high-end rendering (just yet). I work about 12-16 hour days and need my system mostly for producing Construction Documents with the Revit software (work in a Design-Build office on 90% DoD projects) - BUT, producing conceptual designs with Accurender for winning job proposals is a definite.

Thoughts anyone?

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Mon, Apr 2, 2007 at 4:12:26 PM | Any REAL issues in using nVidia GeForce Cards vs. nVidia Quadro FX cards???




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FWIW I've never had any issues with using Revit 9.1 on Nvidia FX1500 and FX3000 cards - I set the OpenGL to use the 'Cinema 4D' profile and change the setting for vertical sync (or v-sync) to OFF from the default of 'application controlled'.

 The display glitch you get when dragging one window across another in Revit can be got rid of just by going to Windows Display Properties->Appearance->Effects and unchecking 'Show window contents while dragging'.

 Some people report problems with a variety of cards but it is not clear why this happens.

There is a current thread in the AUGI Revit hardware forum on all of this.

 One thing seems certain you will gain very little advantage from a FX4500 in Revit - or many other 3D applications other than MCAD applications.  That is why I went for the FX1500 as it gives practically the same performance as the more expensive Quadros but just has less memory - and the memory is really only important for real time graphics - not for rendering.  When rendering the main processors are used in the computer, not in the graphics card.Revit does not have a real time rendered display other than the shaded hidden line mode and so a really fancy card is probably wasted - although nice to have whatever ;-)

Others will know better than me, but it always seems as though beyond a certain basics graphics need, Revit's speed is probably more dictated by all the linkage checking that goes on.

I hope that is some help.



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Thu, Apr 5, 2007 at 1:52:27 PM | Any REAL issues in using nVidia GeForce Cards vs. nVidia Quadro FX cards???




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I've had an issue with the nVidia Quadro FX 1500. I'm trying to run Vista Ultimate 64 with Revit 9.1 and I was getting OpenGL crashing errors when just switching between views, so I did a complete reinstall and didn't put ADT 07 with it and that error seems to have disappeared. I know I just need to wait for Revit Architecture which I've heard is suppose to be out today, but I'm impatient. I think as long as you have the lastest driver for your video card it seems to work fine. When I was using XP Pro it never had the slightest problem with my Quadro FX card.

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Wed, Jun 13, 2007 at 6:57:00 AM | Any REAL issues in using nVidia GeForce Cards vs. nVidia Quadro FX cards???




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not that long ago i had been working on gforce 7600 with 512MB memory and i had no problems using revit. it worked really well. now im working on quadro 560 or something Puh and i have to admit that i want my 7600 back Puh it worked really faster even though it worked on DirectX. 

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Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 9:12:20 AM | Any REAL issues in using nVidia GeForce Cards vs. nVidia Quadro FX cards???




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Our Quadro FX 3800 crashes with revit 2014 U2 everyday.


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