PCI Express

Discussion in 'SolidWorks' started by Giorgis, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. Giorgis

    Giorgis Guest

    Guys mind if I ask what is your experience with PCI express

    I specked out a machine with a Quadro900 XGL card. I have such a card
    at home and it works great.

    The computer guy came back to me and said all new M/B have PCI express
    and he recomended the "Elsa Falcox X80 256Mb Video Card"

    Its not in the SW list so I am very hesitant to use it.

    Kind thanks
    Giorgis, Jun 6, 2005
  2. Giorgis

    jjs Guest

    Hasn't Elsa gone bust ? Last year I thinlk - Or has its name been
    taken over and revived. Personally - if the video card is not on the
    SW 'approved' list then its just not worth the risk.


    jjs, Jun 6, 2005
  3. Giorgis

    TOP Guest

    That sounds like a game card. Stay with the SW list. Many computer
    builders will tell you that what they sell will work because they have
    no experience with SW hardware. Typically you will see IT people
    suggesting hardware that will make a good file server and computer
    builders suggesting what gives them the cheapest machine with the
    highest profit margin. The systems that IT people typically suggest
    are very expensive for the performance they provide and the computer
    builders sell machines that while cheap don't function reliably or
    TOP, Jun 6, 2005
  4. Giorgis

    TOP Guest

    And also, Nvidia has the Quadro in PCI Express.

    Ask the computer guy if he is willing to guarantee a certain level of
    performance on the benchmarks.
    TOP, Jun 6, 2005
  5. Giorgis

    Mike Tripoli Guest

    Be careful of "Elsa". I bought one of their "high end" cards a few
    years ago; paid $1200.00 or something. Promptly after I got it, they
    went out of business (I'm guessing they're back?). As it turned out,
    the "Elsa" card I bought was nothing more than a Quadro2 card under
    their own name. Stick with branded Nvidia cards is my advice...

    Mike Tripoli
    Mike Tripoli, Jun 6, 2005
  6. Giorgis

    Seth Renigar Guest


    I have been using a PCI-E motherboard and video card here at work since late
    last year. I highly recommend them.

    However, most people will agree (a few still don't) that an nVidia Quadro
    card is the way to go. "Gaming" cards just don't cut it unless you never
    open more than 4-5 files at a time. I am running a PNY Quadro FX1300
    (PCI-E) with great results.

    As far as which Quadro is right for you, it ultimately depends on what you
    are doing. My theory has always been to basically get the highest one that
    your budget will allow. It will last a lot longer for you for future SW
    versions. But the lower end Quadro cards (such as the FX540) has been
    confirmed by many to work well for simpler stuff.

    There is also the option of using a cheaper GeForce gaming card and hacking
    it to a Quadro card using the soft-Quadro hack. I personally can't confirm
    how well this works. But I have read that many people have had good luck
    with this. I am considering doing this myself on my a new home computer
    that I am currently spec'ing.

    Seth Renigar
    Seth Renigar, Jun 7, 2005
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