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Yigal D - 8/11/2020 10:04:48 AM
workstation and GPU recommendations
I need to buy a new pc for  for using Keycreator.
I saw the recommended system (NVIDIA, 1GB memory or better),
and wanted to know if there is any benefit in using an Nvidia Quadro card? 
In general, the common concept is that Quadro cards are better for 3D modeling than GeoForce (GF) cards.
But I found an old  article (from 2010) in KC blog  that compares between QUADRO and GF cards when using KC. part 1
The main conclusion from this article, is that there isn't any benefit in spending 650$ more on quadro card although it showed better performance.
Since this article is 10 years old, and the GPU technology changed, and probably some things in KC also changed regarding the GPU, I don't know if today this conclusion is still the same.
Does anyone here know / checked / compared different cards? 
For example: at the same price I can buy QUADRO P2200 with 5 GB RAM, or RTX 2060S with 8 GB RAM that have much better performance in many different workbench comparisons. But all of those comparisons are based on different games and not on 3D design. 
My main usage of KC is for machine building. 
I design different machine parts, and combine them with other parts such as: engines, cylinders and etc.  
 A typical large project that I have, is an assembly with several sub-assemblies, that contain : 122 solids and 44 part references. the size of the file is about 15MB.

Thanks in advance 

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michael@gutmandesign.com - 8/12/2020 1:35:23 PM
RE:workstation and GPU recommendations
Hi Uri,

I just opened a 360 meg solid (no references) and am able to smoothly and rapidly rotate it on the screen  Also tried it with transparency and there was no change in performance.

My card is a GeForce GTX1070 and it is a few years old.   The system is an I7 "gaming" computer with 32gig memory (maxed it out) and Win 10 home edition.  No SSD but the next computer will have it.  Total cost with extra ram was about $13-1400.

KC does not seem to be very demanding on computing hardware. 

The use of references in your assembly files will keep performance up.  

Hope this helps and good luck with your new computer,


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Yigal D - 8/12/2020 5:36:23 PM
RE:workstation and GPU recommendations
Hi Mike

Thanks for your answer.