15 Replies Latest reply on May 21, 2010 4:35 AM by Harm Millaard

    480GTX or FX5800?  Help decide.

    Tayedrummer Level 1

      So I'm building a new system that will be optimized for CS5 but will still need to do the day-to-day work of a home office desktop.  I'm hung up on the graphics card choice.  Both the 480GTX and the FX5800 are on the CUDA GPU list (http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_gpus.html) but only the FX5800 is officially supported by CS5 right now.  This thread (http://forums.adobe.com/message/2790125) makes it seem like a very simple hack to get CS5 running with the 480GTX and there is some opinion that native support for more cards is just a matter of time.


      While it seems like a straight forward decision to get the FX5800 card for known support the fact that this will be my only workstation at home and I may want to play a game like StarcraftII or DiabloIII when they come out means I need a card that can be the "mullet" of graphics cards (business in the front, party/gaming in the back) and brings me back to the 480GTX as I've been told that the FX5800 won't support games at all.


      If we assume that the 480GTX will eventually receive native support, does the 480GTX offer better/worse render power in terms of amount of video layers, number of effects when compared to the FX5800?


      Thanks in advance,