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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--1/11/01

By ebott ·
My trusty Windows 2000 workstation is about to turn two years old, which means it's practically prehistoric. It's time to put together a brand-new Windows dream machine, and I need your help with the video subsystem. Which video cards should I buy? Yes, I said cards, plural. At the top of my wish list is Windows 2000 multi-monitor support. I'm not a gamer, so blazing 3D performance isn't important, But I do want the ability to run at very high resolutions, using 24-bit color, without having to watch the screen repaint itself. Oh, and I don't have unlimited funds, so price is a consideration. Come on, hardware fanatics! Help me find the best video card for Windows. If you can point me to the perfect candidate, you could earn 2000 TechPoints.

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by montea7 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Ok since the thought of multi monitor support is present, I would go with the Matrox G450. The current price range is appx. $145.00 - $185.00. Additionally, if it is important to you, according to Matrox Windows 2000 does not support independent resolutions and this may (or may not) have an impact on your multi monitor support thoughts.In my view the G450 at 2048x1536 24 bit color or 1600x1200 24 bit color (for multi monitor support) covers all the bases and at a resonable price.

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by Krisu In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would also go with the dual head Matrox card. I've got a Matrox G400 dual head and it works beatifully on my DELL with Windows 2000 SP1. Sometimes Matrox has problems with the drivers for the newer cards, but I think the drivers for the G450 card should work nicely. If you want to be sure, you could go with the older G400 card as they have had more time to get the drivers right. I don't have a problems with 2048 * 1024 32-bit with my G400.

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by Jay- In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Before I attempt an intelligent answer, I'd like to request a little info rather than make assumptions.

You emphatically used the plural "cards". Why? What motherboard services, speeds and connections do you expect to have available? Are you going to use ONLY digital panel monitors, ONLY CRTs or a mixture? How large? Do you expect to use a TV tuner or other special input equipment (like a R-T data-gathering instrument feed, O'scope, etc.)?

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by noldacre In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

For around $150 any of the NVidia GeForce MX Chipset powered cards can meet all your specs. The ones with TwinView even support two monitors on one card.

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by dragonzteeth In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

For an excellent mixture of the newest 3d ability and Windows stability and keeps up with the GeForce 2 chipset in 32bit mode for games and 3d graphics I would suggest the ATI Radeon 64m DDR or if budget is tight go with the 32m version.

Check reviews and you can see that in 32bit mode it keeps up with most or all GeForce 2 Ultras. The Radeon 32m has even won some awards for best biz card.

It supports many features of DirectX 8 and would not be obsolete in the next few months.

Since you stated "cards" as in plural, you could go with a PCI version of an ATI card or other to be the secondary and setup the BIOS to have AGP your primary for all the Radeon features. Since DirectX abilities and special features of the card are not utilized when used as the secondary
(not sure about when in W2K) but should not have to waste money on fancy secondary card.

PS: for AWESOME! sound, go straight digital out via a SBLive or SBLive 5.1 (preferred) digital output for multimedia, games and DVD movies, into either digital speaker set (Klipsch or Cambridge) or like I have , into a digital input of an A/V receiver.

Sound is as crisp as ever wit digital out and the different surround modes allow for several speaker configs. (opt forthe pwrd sub-woofer for games and movies ;&gt

Just my poke at the question....for one who loves graphics and sound.

Thanks,

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