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Hi, I'm building a new LGA2011 system and I'm going to go with the 3930K CPU but what I'm not sure about is what graphics card to get.

I do a lot of simulations in H11 and what I'm wondering is just what benefit will I get if I get a FirePro or Quadro card for this specific purpose?

Do the workstation cards help me simulate fluids faster, or will a Radeon or GTX card work just as well?

Thanks for the help.

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Hi, I'm building a new LGA2011 system and I'm going to go with the 3930K CPU but what I'm not sure about is what graphics card to get.

I do a lot of simulations in H11 and what I'm wondering is just what benefit will I get if I get a FirePro or Quadro card for this specific purpose?

Do the workstation cards help me simulate fluids faster, or will a Radeon or GTX card work just as well?

Thanks for the help.

Starting from H12, decent video card can give you quite the advantage for fluids sims:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2005&Itemid=66

Note, that most beneficial is the amount of VRAM on board. Cheap gtx may have the same CUDA cores, but won't give you space for sim resolution.

This may help also with Quadro/GFX dilemma:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=172&page=viewtopic&t=23545

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Starting from H12, decent video card can give you quite the advantage for fluids sims:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2005&Itemid=66

Note, that most beneficial is the amount of VRAM on board. Cheap gtx may have the same CUDA cores, but won't give you space for sim resolution.

This may help also with Quadro/GFX dilemma:

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=172&page=viewtopic&t=23545

Thanks for that information. If the VRAM is most important than a workstation card certainly isn't the way to go as they "usually" have less ram than a gaming card price/price.

Case in point, the new Radeon 7950 has 3GB of GDDR5 RAM, whereas a comparable FirePro card in the price range only has 2GB. Also, the Radeon works off PCI-E 3.0 which is much faster than the FirePro off of the PCI-E 2.0 .

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I won't be helpful here I'm afraid. I'm one of those guys used to say "avoid ATI at all cost", which, as I hear from time to time, becomes obsolete. I've never bought ATI, nor I've seen any ATI working in any workstation around. Superstitions.

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