Graphics Cards - IntelliCAD



2019-03-04 19:20:36
Date:Mon, 4 Mar 2019 14:19:43 -0500 (EST) Mike, I was speaking to the Carlson support tech at the conference. He suggested that the Intel HD530 are causing our machines to freeze up. He also suggested that I install Nvidia GeForce graphics cards. On the 2019 IntelliCad, is there any suggestions. From my research, Quadro cards are no good and I need at least OpenGL 1.4. Does the DirectX version matter. There appears to be some cards in the $90-$100 range with either 2 GB or 4Gb that fit the bill. Currently, I'm looking at a ViewMax GeForce GT740, 4GB, GDDR5 with 128 bit, DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 for $99. If I don't need a card with this power, there are other options. Any input would be welcome.


2019-03-05 18:53:43
From:"Technical Support" Date:Tue, 05 Mar 2019 13:53:43 -05:00

We recommend NVidia GeForce video cards over all other ones, but not NVidia Quadro(!) Salesman may try to sell Quadro to you if you tell that you are going to use it for CAD. Quadro is more expensive so they try to sold them instead of cheaper GeForce. Quadro has good "professional" hardware but it's drivers are very soft and buggy comparing to "gaming" GeForce. Video RAM is not very important if you do not use large raster images such as aerial ortho images or satellite maps. If you don't use them 1Gb would be enough, if you do I'd recommend at least 4Gb. You may consider something like GeForce 1030 or corresponding laptop version; 740 is ok too. DirectX version is not important for IntelliCAD 9 (it uses OpenGL only).

As for all other hardware there is no any exact recommendation (here is official but outdated page), any modern computer will fit. The only thing I'd recommend is to get 16Gb of RAM but 8Gb would work too. The larger drawings you work on the better CPU is recommended but generally I'd not expect CPU to be a bottleneck.

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