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08-01-2004, 07:42 AM
I am currently doing a course in 3d animation & visual effects using 3d studio max v6. I am wanting to upgrade my video card but my budget is limited. I can afford something around the range of a radeon 9800 pro but I know that is more of a gaming card. I was wondering if there is anything else that would be better that is in a similar price range as I don't think a Quadro FX is within my reach just yet. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

08-01-2004, 09:50 PM
ati FireGL card, should be about same as radeon, about 400 bucks for lowest fire GL. lemme find a link.... there (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=property&DEPA=1)

ok ass you can see from there, the lowest is quite cheap, although I myself would go with at least the 400 dollar one. hope I was of help ;)

08-02-2004, 07:41 AM
killanet, take a look at this thread. I'm using some drivers for my Radeon that enable the FireGL-features. Works great!


08-02-2004, 01:15 PM
I found this FireGL the only one to be in my price range Elsa FireGL-Z1 ATI FGL9500. Can you tell me what you think?

08-02-2004, 09:17 PM
I think it is good, what is it you do tho? Games animation, Movie animation? Personally I do games, and the card you can afford is just fine for me. ;)

08-03-2004, 06:36 AM
I am learning 3D animation & visual effects.

08-03-2004, 11:39 AM
yes but for what purpose? game modeling/animation is a lot less stress on the card than movie modeling/animation.

I would get the card you can afford either way though, it's a good card for any job imo.

08-03-2004, 05:01 PM
Petmoi, which drivers did you end up using, and can you run the card at full speed now?

08-03-2004, 05:12 PM
At the moment we are doing game type modelling (mainly poly's) but later I hope to do a workshop in Maya & XSI because my goal is to work doing movie effects. I first stared modeling in Rhino & I still use that a little bit.

08-03-2004, 06:28 PM
Petmoi, which drivers did you end up using, and can you run the card at full speed now?
I ended up using the drivers from:


On the right of this site there is a "FreeFireGL Professional Driver Pack for ATI Radeon" to download.

Drivers work great on 3d applications, but games crash regularly. Thinking of switching back, since I got the urge for gaming again. =) I did get my card to run at full speed again, used a bios from an official ATI 9800 Pro Card. =)

08-05-2004, 09:39 PM
quadro Fx out of ebay and a very fast 10K, 32Gb HD

08-05-2004, 10:50 PM
quadro Fx out of ebay and a very fast 10K, 32Gb HD

You like quadros and 10k harddrives dont you?


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