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    Question ACAD 2018: Need SCREAMING fast Graphics Card for 2D work...

    OK... It's 2018, and Autodesk still has us hamstrung when it comes to full utilization of all the multi-core, multi-thread CPU's out there. That said, I'm ordering a new box built for 2-D, and I think I'll go with an i7, 4-core CPU, overclocked to 4.5-4.8 mhz, SSD drives and a generous amount of RAM. But what about a butt-kicking graphics card? I will utilize two 30" monitors max., but sometimes have 4 large 2-D drawing files open at once, and multi viewports on at least some of them. I want my box waiting on ME, and not the other way around. Who among you esteemed members of CAD geekdom can suggest a really fast 2D-optimized GA that won't bottleneck my buzz? Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: ACAD 2018: Need SCREAMING fast Graphics Card for 2D work...

    What is your budget?

    Perhaps the NVIDIA P4000, although personally I think it's a bit overkill.
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    Default Re: ACAD 2018: Need SCREAMING fast Graphics Card for 2D work...

    Quote Originally Posted by rkmcswain View Post
    What is your budget?

    Perhaps the NVIDIA P4000, although personally I think it's a bit overkill.
    That one is within the budget. I'll give it a closer look. Thanks!

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    Default Re: ACAD 2018: Need SCREAMING fast Graphics Card for 2D work...

    If you're on an enterprise account with Dell or HP, that P4000 is pretty much as good as you're going to get for the cost. The P5000/6000 won't give you any real benefits for CAD work.

    Of course, at this point for performance you're looking more at good data representation and management rather than hardware. XREFs, layer freeze/thaw (rather than on/off), respectable file-sizes, annotation scale and DGN linetype stripping, and process automation will all give better results than throwing more money (or RAM, or cores) at the problem.
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    Default Re: ACAD 2018: Need SCREAMING fast Graphics Card for 2D work...

    Quote Originally Posted by dgorsman View Post
    Of course, at this point for performance you're looking more at good data representation and management rather than hardware. XREFs, layer freeze/thaw (rather than on/off), respectable file-sizes, annotation scale and DGN linetype stripping, and process automation will all give better results than throwing more money (or RAM, or cores) at the problem.
    Yes, I try to do as much as I can with these, but I work within framework files provided by numerous clients, each with their own standards and conventions, and my added work is returned to them for continuations and distribution, so I can't strip out much of the glut that they have piled in as part of their work flow. About the best that I can do is make certain that my hardware doesn't slow me down any further, particularly with pans, regens and MANY viewports and page layouts.

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