Originally Posted by Argh
i have a question on graphics rendering and workstation cards. i design kitchens using a 3d CAD related program. the output of the design looks very similar to architectural prints and or CAD blue prints. but, then i am able to render the blue prints into photo realistic models with shadows and lighting and such. i am also able to walk into the 3d perspective by floating the camera, like moving through a fps game like doom3 and such.
i have never used a workstation graphics card before so i don't know if they will bendefit me using this CAD program. what i do notice about using "normal" game cards is that no matter how powerfull they are, there is no speed increase when it comes to rendering images and virtual walk throughs. i do notice that cpu power is heavily utilized when working with the CAD program.
my question is; if i opted to put in a workstation graphics card in the sager 9860, would this increase performance in the CAD program when it comes to renderings and walk throughs? right now, i can move the camera in walk throughs at about half a frame per second. and i can render an image in about 10 minutes is 1440x900 resolution.
here is an example of a rendering;
the advantage of quadro and other DCC cards is realtime rendering in the viewports (like MAYA or other DCC apps).
however, if you're talking about SOFTWARE RENDERING (animation and FX studios such as pixar or ILM use software rendering for final output), the videocard does NOT handle this --- the rendering is done by the CPU (video cards cannot come close to software rendering in terms of image quality at this point... maybe that will happen in the next decade (speed, however, is a different story)).
realtime hardware rendering thru the video card (ie... QUADRO) allows the artist to see 3d models, textures, and virtual lights in realtime so that they can manipulate or adjust the scene. it is a usability issue.
once the scene is to their liking, it is then RENDERED thru the CPU (or a render farm) for final output in high rez.
so in answer to your question, if you are outputting high rez images for clients to see, the quadro will NOT make it any faster. it does, however, have very decent hardware rendering --- but nowhere near the quality of "software" rendering (such as pixar's renderman program).
"movie quality" hardware rendering is the goal of nvidia/ati... but at this point it's going to take some time. they claim they can do it, but if you've been in the movie biz (as i am), it's going to take some time to get to that level of realism and quality.