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What video card should I use with Gibbs?

GibbsCAM is a video-intensive application. The use of a good quality, mainstream video card is recommended. The following cards have been tested with GibbsCAM

Recommended:

AGP

  • nVidia geForce chipset
  • nVidia Quadro chipset
  • AMD (ATI) Radeon Chipset
  • AMD (ATI) FirePro chipset

PCI Express

  • nVidia GeForce chipset
  • nVidia Quadro chipset
  • AMD (ATI) Radeon Chipset
  • AMD (ATI) FirePro chipset

**In all cases the current video drivers from the chipset manufacturer should be downloaded and installed. Here are links to the chipset manufacturers listed above:

nVidia
AMD

When shopping this LINK may be helpful in gauging the speed of the available GeForce video cards.  In GibbsCAM these cards perform nearly as well as the more expensive Quadro cards.

Cards to avoid:

  • Intel video cards
  • SiS chipset cards
  • 3D Labs video cards
  • other high-end "CAD" cards

Low-end cards should especially be avoided. The integrated Intel video chipset runs GibbsCAM particularly poorly. This video card is often included in less expensive systems.

SLI Mode - Running newer systems in SLI mode with GibbsCAM can result in poor performance and is not recommended.

revised 9/17/12


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