The 9600 is ok, but you can definitely do better. I'd recommend at least a Radeon 9800 for good performance. For even better performance, you'll want to go with a FireGL (ATI's workstation cards) or an Nvidia Quadro card. You can check Alias's Qualified Hardware list to see what works best with Maya.
i got a Radeon 9600 pro.. sometimes whenever i render the program stops responding and crashes.. not sure if thats an issue to do with the video card or what.. but also the fan on my card is going out and getting really loud.. so i need to replace that... in other words.. dont get a 9600 pro.. its not worth it.. if you want a highquality Nvidia card get a 6800GT.. i've heard nothing but good about them
Kurt you lucky bastard how mutch you will pay for that pice of hardware (quadro fx 3000), i have gf 3 ti 200 with 128 mb and card is not agp8x but it`s working beather than my last card ati 9200 with 64 mb, i think that ati is not compitable as nvidia with maya!!!
Best resolt would come, if every one in the group are doing what is best for himself and the group!!
I just upgraded from a 9600 pro (Softmoded to a 9700) i now have an Nvidia 6800 Ultra, this thing is a monster (not quite up to quadro standerds on rendering etc but i wanted it for gaming also. and the quadro doesnt lend itself to games as well) i would highly recomend at LEAST a 98. but my friend had a 98 pro and maya just wouldnt run on his comp lol :/
Get a 6800 GT or vanilla model, a vanilla 6800 is the same price as a 98 pro
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