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Just wondering if someone with more knowledge than i have,

would the following video card be acceptable to the Chief Architect program??


AMD RX580 Graphic Cards, Gaming 8GB DDR5, 256 Bit, Computer PC Video Graphics Card, PCI Express 3.0 with Dual Fan, HD Multimedia Interface, DVI Ports, DP Ports (580 8G D5)


Item Type: Graphics Card

Material: Metal, Electronic

Chip: for AMD

Chip Model: for AMD RX580 8GB 256BIT

Core Bit Width: 256BIT

Interface: 1 x HD Multimedia Interface Interface, 1 x DVI Interface, 3 x DP Interface

Memory Capacity: 8GB

Memory Type: DDR5

Memory Bit Width: 256BIT

Core Frequency: 1284MHz

Memory Frequency: 1750MHz

Stream Processor Unit: 2048 (pcs)

3D API: DirectX 12


Thanks in advance for your input

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Hello Robert,


Thank you for the question.  This graphics card will run Chief Architect but it is fairly dated and at the lower end of the performance range.  In addition, this card does not support real time ray tracing so the higher end real time rendering will not be supported with this card.  If you are looking for the optimal graphics card you should consider an AMD RX 7800 or higher or an Nvidia RTX 3070 or 4070 or higher.


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  • 2 weeks later...

one more question

will this video card work with chief??

ASUS Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6GB OC Edition Gaming Graphics Card - PCIe 4.0, 6GB GDDR6 Memory, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4a, 2-Slot Design, Axial-tech Fan Design, 0dB Technology, Steel Bracket

NVIDIA Ampere Streaming Multiprocessors: The all-new Ampere SM brings 2X the FP32 throughput and improved power efficiency.

2nd Generation RT Cores: Experience 2X the throughput of 1st gen RT Cores, plus concurrent RT and shading for a whole new level of ray-tracing performance.

3rd Generation Tensor Cores: Get up to 2X the throughput with structural sparsity and advanced AI algorithms such as DLSS. These cores deliver a massive boost in game performance and all-new AI capabilities.

Axial-tech fan design features a smaller fan hub that facilitates longer blades and a barrier ring that increases downward air pressure.

A 2-slot Design maximizes compatibility and cooling efficiency for superior performance in small chassis.


thanks again for your help!

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@robert11 - This website (one of many) will give you a good idea of which cards are in the same ballpark as their recommendation of an RTX 3070 or RTX 4070 - UserBenchmark: Nvidia RTX 3050 vs 3070  If you look at an RX 580 and the RTX 3050, there is a small increase (31%) but between an RTX 3050 and RTX 3070 is another 124% increase in average score.  If you want to save $, I have purchased used cards off EBay and you can save a LOT of $.  I bought a used RTX 3070 OC (overclock) for a little over $200.00 a while back - which is cheaper than a brand new 3050... 

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