When it comes to the actual use of a graphics card, this section is going to be totally focussed on a GPU designed for one thing, and one thing alone: Design. You aren’t going to be getting 4K, 120FPS gameplay with this thing, so I would suggest looking further down the article for a solution that balances gaming and design better.
So, let’s assume that you are proficient in all of the programs and applications when it comes to 3D design and illustration, and you are now looking for a GPU capable of supporting these different applications at a level someone could reasonably call professional. Well, you are going to have to be prepared to drop a bit of cash – but maybe not as much as you expected.
NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 is currently on the market for around $250, and for that price, you are capable of buying yourself a specialized card designed literally for…design.
So, what can you expect from a Quadro P1000? Well, you can basically expect a professional graphic design card. You will find that the P1000 has 640 CUDA core Pascal GPU, 4GB GDDR5 of onboard memory, and advanced display technologies, has a 60Hz native resolution, and doesn’t even require an external power supply.
What does all this mean though? In short, you can expect an average FPS of about 342FPS when it comes to draw time, with performance that measures up favorably to more expensive and even bigger cards on the market today. I say bigger because the P1000 itself is actually a lot smaller than you might expect – but don’t be fooled, because even though it has a small form factor the P1000 is capable of outputting to four separate displays with ease – 4K displays at that.
As far as actual modeling performance goes, this card still puts you at the lower end of the professional graphics card market – but don’t think that means anything drastic. All it really means is that you aren’t going to be knocking out the newest Pixar movie on your own in your bedroom, for individual projects and other intensive 3D modeling processes this card is going to give you ample amounts of power and graphical processing.
NVIDIA themselves boast that this card is capable of rendering 16K by 16k surfaces – so if you are going for texture quality, this card has you covered. It’s capable of putting out up to 5K resolution as well, with NVIDIA’s own Dynamic Load Balancing software included, so that the P1000 card itself knows exactly where, when, and how to allocate its resources to make sure that you are always getting a smooth, uninterrupted and powerful performance from the card, with no amount of power going to waste or underutilized.
If I had to sum up why this card is going to be ideal for the entry-level professional designer or illustrator, I would say that it offers all of the professional features such as load processing, high frame rates, and high-quality textures of a much more expensive card – without the price point or power level to match.
Sure, if you are a lot more invested within the design world then you are going to need a GPU that’s more powerful (more on that in a moment), but realistically this card is more than enough for those who aren’t looking to join the ILM team imminently.