[Chimera-users] Quadro versus GTX graphic cards

Sabuj Pattanayek sabujp at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 09:20:15 PST 2012


We've tested that you still need a quadro in linux to do 3d vision,
however there are two ways to do 3d vision now, you can either go with
a 120Hz LCD monitor that doesn't have a built in 3d vision emitter,
e.g. Asus VG236HE, Acer GD235Hzbid, or BenQ XL2420T, etc and a quadro
with a 3 pin mini din port that also has at least a G80 GPU (your
cheapest route here is a refurbished quadro 3700). If you purchase the
3d vision kit bundled with the monitor or get the 3d vision v2 kit
you'll need to purchase the 2.5mm stereo to 3 pin mini din vesa cable
since these kits don't come with this cable. It's sometimes available
at nvidia's store and sometimes out of stock :


The other option and the one I currently recommend for workstation
setups, is to purchase a monitor with the built-in 3d vision v2
built-in emitter (you also get 1 pair of v2 goggles, the picture
quality is indeed much brighter due to the tech in the monitor), we've
tested the Asus VG278H, there's also the Samsung S23A950D, but you
might as well go with the Asus since you get a 27" vs a 23" monitor
for not that much more $. With this monitor you can use a newer more
powerful quadro than the 3700, but you don't have to purchase the
expensive high end ones that have the 3 pin mini din port. We tested
with a quadro 600 and also a quadro 370 and both worked, but I'd
recommend at least the quadro 600.


On Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM, Oliver Koch <oliver.koch at tu-dortmund.de> wrote:
> Dear Chimera users,
> I want to buy new computer for my lab and I'm not sure which graphic cards I
> should buy.
> Is it really necessary to invest in expensive nvidia quadro graphic cards in
> comparsion to the nvidia gtx consumer cards?
> My private desktop computer has a GTX570 and everything is working fine. I
> searched the internet and talked to a lot of people, but nobody could say if
> you really recognize the difference in your daily work.
> The background: I want to use the computer for modelling (Chimera, Moe, ...)
> with two screens and stereoview using nvidia 3d vision. The OS will be linux
> (presumably scientific linux).
> I would be very happy if you can share your opinion.
> Many thanks
> Oliver
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