PNY Quadro FX 3700 Graphics Card - VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB

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Works well for Solidworks 2008

on 6/29/2008

I am the network admin for my company. I had to find a card that worked well with Solidworks. Although Solidworks lists many cards on their site, many don't work well with their 2008 version. They lock up and cause blue screens of death. Thumbs down to Solidworks for making such an unstable product that is so picky about the card it will run with. I finally had to breakdown and pay the $800 (after trying cards that were under $500) to get a card that would run with Solidworks 2008. If your someone who routinely invests $1000-$2000 in a graphics card, then you might get a real value out of this one.

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Product Overview

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 by PNY Technologies delivers performance and quality on high-end CAD, DCC, and visualization applications to the professional user. Featuring NVIDIA’s new unified architecture, the Quadro FX 3700 professional graphics board dynamically allocates geometry, shading, pixel processing, and compute power to deliver optimized GPU performance while enabling Energy Star power savings. The reference standard for Shader Model 4.0, the Quadro FX 3700 enables next-generation, ultra-realistic, real-time OpenGL® and DirectX 10 visualization applications. With two dual-link DVI connectors, the Quadro FX 3700 also offers the industry’s best image quality at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz.

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 by PNY takes demanding CAD, DCC and visualization applications to new levels of interactivity by offering unprecedented capabilities in programmability and precision. The industry’s leading workstation applications leverage NVIDIA’s industry-leading unified architecture Quadro GPU technology to realize innovative new hardware-accelerated features and superior performance – along with certification for stability and outstanding display quality. The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 by PNY ideally complements and extends the performance of any high-end professional workstation.


Manufacturer PNY Technologies
Mfg Part# VCQFX3700-PCIE-PB
SKU 206917838
UPC 751492367538
UPC 14 00751492367538
NVIDIA Unified Architecture
GPU Computing
Shader Model 4.0: Next-Generation Vertex and Pixel Programmability
PCI Express 2.0 Support
NVIDIA SLI™ Technology
Ultra-Quiet Design
Full-Scene Antialiasing (FSAA)
Rotated-Grid Full-Scene Antialiasing (RG FSAA)
Fast 3D Textures
nView® Multi-Display Technology (available spring, 2008)
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Technology
Unified Driver Architecture
Essential for Microsoft Windows Vista
Tech Specs
512MB GDDR3 frame buffer
256-bit memory interface
51.2 GB/sec memory bandwidth
Twin dual-link DVI-I 1.0 display connectors
3-pin mini-DIN stereo connector
Single NVIDIA SLI 26-pin edge connector
Single 6-pin PCI Express power connector
PCI Express x16 bus interface
78 W maximum power consumption
Auxiliary power connector – yes, 1
Active fansink thermal management
ATX form factor, 4.38” (H) x 9.0” (L)
Number of slots, 1
128-bit color precision
Unlimited fragment instruction
Unlimited vertex instruction
3D volumetric texture support
12 pixels per clock rendering engine
Hardware accelerated antialiased points and lines
Hardware OpenGL overlay planes
Hardware accelerated two-sided lighting
Hardware accelerated clipping planes
3rd generation occlusion culling
16 textures per pixel in fragment programs
Window ID clipping functionality
Hardware accelerated line stippling
Shading Architecture
Full Shader Model 4.0 (OpenGL 2.1/DirectX 10 class)
Long fragment programs (unlimited instructions)
Long vertex programs (unlimited instructions)
Looping and subroutines (up to 256 loops per vertex program)
Dynamic flow control
Conditional execution
High Level Shader Languages
Optimized complier for Cg and Microsoft HLSL
OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 10 support
Open source compiler
Display Resolution Support
Dual-link DVI-I outputs drive two digital displays at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz
Internal 400MHz DACs drive two analog displays up to 2048 x 1536 at 85Hz
Package Contains
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 by PNY graphics board
Two DVI-I to VGA adapters
Drivers for Windows Vista and XP
Detailed Installation Guide
Quickstart Installation Guide
Quadro Application Utilities on CD-ROM (MAXtreme™, POWERdraft™)
Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® Vista (64-bit and 32-bit)
Microsoft Windows XP (64-bit and 32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 2000 (32-bit)
Linux – full OpenGL implementation with NVIDIA and ARB extensions (64-bit and 32-bit)
AMD64, Intel EM64T
PCIE Express 2.0 Support
Minimum System Requirements
PC compatible with Intel Pentium® 4/Xeon® or AMD Opteron® class processor or higher
Open PCI Express or PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, or Linux
512MB system memory
50MB of available disk space for full installation
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
VGA or DVI-I compatible display
450W power supply

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