CPUs and GPUs to feed an High-End Workstation (Feb,12 2YK8) Here's a Paper that deals with the

hardware parts of a brand-new workstation that will eat big 3D Scenes and handle Character rigs in a rush. So the 1st Part looks at the CPUs and gives a quick look at the OC options * so gamers should scroll down... For all the others that are looking for a new CAD or DCC workstation, the 2nd Part looks at the Graphic Cards (GPUs). This is a personal search, so note that the Nvidia Quadro FX Models seem to miss into the list: that's why I own a Quadro Card - my private problem is just the rest of the mobo, which is outdated. Must say that Hard Disk and RAM Memory are not considered, but say DDR3 are the standard right now, while DDR4 are just ready to be launched. So just grab 4GB of RAM. Same for dual channel pipelines and RAID features: these aretoo complex questions for an on-the-fly Paper like this. Main sources are gamers and overclockers sites and official developers forums as: Ati.amd.com Developer.nvidia.com Gpureview.com Tomshardware.com 1st Part - Compare Multi-Core CPUs 3D-Rendering Review in Maxon Cinema 4D Rel. 10 and 3D-Studio Max 9: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 AMD Phenom X4 9700 Quad-Core Processor * OC options: Overclocking the CPU can get better results, the Phenom 9600 Black Edition (2.70GHz), the Core 2 Duo E6300 (2.45 GHz) the Athlon 64 FX (3 GHz) and the Dual Core E2160 (1.8 GHz) can get improvements with a wise Motherboard choice. Note that OC gets an higher power consuption and more heat as counterpart of the stronger horsepower delivered. Also notice that an increased voltage means a shorter lifespan of the integrated circuits. Been warned... The OC options listed above seem to be the ones with best improvements in percentage (50% or above). 2nd Part - Lists of Performance-Class GPUs Graphic Processor Units from AMD/ATI and Nvidia Corp. high-end Models, CAD and DCC applications related ATI FireGL 2007 Series PCI Express: ATI FireGL V3600 ATI FireGL V5600

ATI FireGL V7600 ATI FireGL V8600 ATI FireGL V8650 3ds Max 2008 Qualification ATI Models Results: FireGL FireGL FireGL FireGL FireGL FireGL FireGL FireGL 3400 3600 5200 5600 7200 7350 8600 8650

ATI Radeon Mainstream-Equivalent: Radeon HD 2900 Nvidia GeForce Series: GeForce 8 8800 GTX GeForce 8 8800 Ultra GeForce 8 8800 GTS Nvidia GeForce FX, GeForce PCX PCI Express GPUs: GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce GeForce FX 5950 Ultra FX 5900 Ultra FX 5900 FX 5900 XT PCX 5900 FX 5700 Ultra FX 5700 FX 5700LE PCX 5750

CUDA-Enabled GPU Products: GeForce 8800 8800 8800 8800 8800 8600 8600 8500 8400 8700M 8600M 8600M 8400M Ultra GTX GTS GT GS GTS GT GT GS GT GT GS GT Tesla C870 D870 S870 Quadro FX 5600 FX 4600 FX 3700 FX 1700 FX 570 FX 370 NVS 290 FX 1600M FX 570M FX 360M Quadro Plex 1000 Model IV Quadro Plex 1000 Model S4 NVS 320M

8400M GS 8400M G

NVS 140M NVS 135M NVS 130M

Special Two GPUs Bundle mention: ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2