[SATLUG] Video Card Questions
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Fri Jun 27 14:27:49 CDT 2008
John D Choate wrote:
> Since you are currently using a Quadro card, are you using it for CAD or
> (non-game) 3D rendering which will benefit from its advanced rendering
> capabilities? Or will a gaming card work for what you want to do?
Generally not gaming. I use a lot of screen real estate for editing files,
running vmware, referencing programming APIs, browser, etc.
> I used to run dual monitors on my old geforce FX-5700 card, followed by a
> 7300GS card. I was only using 1280x1024 on each monitor (max res). Both cards
> did that job really well.... but both monitors had analog connections.
> I'm not sure which card to start with for Dual-DVI 1920x1200.
> For using dual-DVI, I suggest getting a GeForce 8 series card as previous
> generation cards mostly had only 1 DVI plus 1 analog output. The 8800 or 8600
> series, GT or GTS, would be most suggested
> I just got an MSI 8800GTS which has dual DVI. Newegg has that card for $206
> now. It is rather large, taking up 2 slots and I had to move my hard drives
> to the next bay up to accommodate for it.
> I hope your 350W PSU can handle your system with a recent model vid card.
NVidia suggests a 400W PS for a single GPU. I wouldn't mind upgrading the power
supply, but I'm not sure if the Dell system I have will accept a standard PS. :(
> If you need a workstation card, such as a Quadro, check these for which fits
> purpose and budget. Most have dual-DVI:
PNY VCQFX4600-PCIE-PB Quadro FX4600 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
Ready SLI Supported Workstation Video Card - Retail Your Price:$1,459.99
Yes, there are others that are less expensive.
Unfortunately, the more I look at specs, the more I get convinced that I would
need to upgrade the PS and I'm not sure that would be easy. I did call Dell and
they don't have any larger PS units for my model. :(
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