Summary: I built a high-end graphics workstation for my daughter who is a senior in college majoring in graphics arts. After months of research, weighing price and features of NVIDIA vs.the competition, I decided to go NVIDIA. I run a team that provides modeling and simulation services to the government. All our machines use NVIDIA Quadro cards. All my technicians swear by them.
K2000 is a good card for 3 DualLink DVI monitors, but price is extermely high.
28 April 2014
Summary: My workstation has 3 DVI monitors: two 2560x1600 and one 1600x1200, and I'm doing some 3D work in AutoCAD, so regular video card is not good enough, because it will not render 3D objects correctly in AutoCAD. Before this card I was using two FX 570 cards. FX 570 are good cards, but they are 6 years old, so I wanted to upgrade to something faster and also I want to have one card (not two), which will drive all 3 monitors.
Summary: I use PC based CAD, modeling, and rendering software and I had an unused Apple Cinema Display sitting in the office. This video card improved my rendering time and the Cinema Display is working flawlessly with my PC. Installation couldn't have been easier. I was hoping for a bit more speed but it's everything you should expect for this price point.
Summary: This and the AMD/ATI FirePro W5000 seem the best value in CAD gpu's right now. More performance than ever before and the fair price point of $400. Until your software vendor can prove, substantiate, and quantify improved performance, these are all the card you'll need for your CAD workstation. I bought the FirePro W5000 last year when there was a ~$200 rebate.
Summary: I'm not a gamer but am using this card on a new Asus Maximus VI Hero board to do some work using Photoshop and After Effects. I'm using dual monitors, main one is a ViewSonic VX2452MH 24-Inch and the smaller one which I had previously is a ViewSonic VA2037A-LED 20-Inch. As a novice, I wanted to get something good but not spend much more than about $300 for a card.
Summary: I use Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, RealFlow, Photoshop, etc. And this card performs well. If you know you need one and you're using programs that really use a workstation card's power/architecture correctly, you won't be disappointed. Can even handle light gaming. I've always been more of a Quadro person, rather than FirePro, when it comes to workstation cards. I feel like Nvidia's drivers are better, but that's just me.