Summary: This card is at the low end of what you want for AutoCad or SolidWorks. Performance on large, intricate designs is going to be distinctly slower than what you see with higher end cards. You will, however, need to budget at least 5x higher price for significantly improved rendering times.
Pros: This card performs very well for its price point in applications it was designed for. AutoCad blazes through 2-D and 3-D performance is reasonably good for standard work. Rendering performance is nowhere near that of a Quadro 5000, however this card costs a tenth the price.
Cons: There are a number of reviews complaining about poor performance in desktop applications. This is a workstation card plain and simple, not a desktop one. The drivers are optimized for pro applications, not for blowing up bad guys or streaming cat videos. Used accordingly, it works well.
Good Product & Price - Very Poor Delivery Method
1 December 2012
Summary: Product when finally arrived after 10 days was exactly as expected. Delivery method (UPS SurePost)was not as expected. Product shipping originated with UPS but final delivery was by US Postal System. Since the package would not fit in the mailbox, the mailman elected to just leave the package in the middle of my driveway next to the road. Luckily no rain or theft!
Pros: A great card for the money. It's inexpensive (especially as far as workstation cards are concerned), low profile (which is great for corporate environments), and works. We primarily use it to run Solidworks. Solidworks runs quite a bit faster and more stable on this card then the Intel integrated (which really shouldnt be a shock).
Pros: I think the card works great. I am an Landscape Architecture student and use the program in Rhino, Revit Architecture, CS5, InDesign, Lightroom, and for Gaming! The card has not failed to meet any of my expectations yet. For a low class work station card, I believe it does what I need it to.
Cons: The card doesn't handle gaming as well as I wanted. It handles games such as Guild Wars 2, Diablo2, just fine on medium. But then again, it's not a gaming card and I realize this when I made the purchase. School comes first.
Pros: This card is one of the few mid-priced video cards that does a quality job with graphics/photography. Installation was a snap, and the image quality at 1600X900 is just superb. The NVIDIA control panel provides good adjustment capability to tweak gamut. I have no idea how this card would work for gaming: I don't game on this computer.
Cons: If there's one small problem with this card, it's the teeny Philips screw that holds the bracket tab on. The card comes with a low-profile bracket installed, but does provide the full-height version. To change the bracket you'll need as small a screwdriver as they make, and, no a steak knife doesn't work.
Pros: Can render quickly around 60MB Revit model - will lag a bit at whole-building level with CAD underlays, MEP models and structural models on, but generally very fast. Runs cool and quiet. Doesn't take up much space.
Cons: Comes packaged (as advertised) with a low-profile PCI shield so budget a few minutes (and a really tiny screwdriver) to replace it with full-sized if using a normal case. Includes the parts you need.
Summary: I bought this card as higher-end workstation cards are out of my budget. I use this card with AutoCAD and Solidworks and it runs well with both applications. Drivers are great, much better and more stable than their gaming counterparts.
Pros: Decent budget workstation card, Works well for SolidWorks & AutoCAD