I am looking to setup a system for developing prototype applications with CUDA. Can I just buy any of the low end NVidia graphics cards, and replace the graphics card on my desktop? Looking at http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_learn_products.html, there is quite a wide range of choices, and I’m confused. Could I request your suggestions for setting up my first CUDA system.
there are both versions of the 9600 gso available, actively and passively cooled. just look, what you can get in a store/at an e-tailer.
the nvidia product pages only show the reference designs.
a 8400gs has 16 shaders at 900 mhz (=nothing) and a very slow ddr2 memory with a 64bit interface.
also make sure, that you don’t need any features introduced with higher compute capabilities (see programmer’s guide). especially the changed coalescing rules, atomic operations and double precision may be points to consider.
personally, i would go for a gtx260 at the moment.