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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 jay.winks In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Given the parameters listed, this is a real no-brainer. Everyone knows that the buck/bang ratio has been dominated by nVidia for a while, especially with the release of the GeForce MX series, which rivals their higher-end cards' performance marks for very little dinero. Add to that the multi-head support in the MX portion of the Detonator driver series and it sounds like the cards were made for you. If money were less of an object there might be a little competition from Matrox and ATI, but in the budget business desktop arena, the MX stands alone. The added features of S-VHS in/out, digital panel support, etc. make the MX a real bargain. The slew of vendors making GeForce cards have added all of those features along with dual-head output onboard for a superior all-purpose card. The nVidia Detonator drivers also show the best support for multiple-card configurations, which might allow four or more monitors simultaneously. There's your multi-monitor solution, regardless of wether you really want more than one *card* or not.

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

I run a Matrox Mellennium G450. it has dual monitor support in a single card with 64 megs of ram it is a great dual monitor setup on a single card.

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

Use the New Millennium G450 from Matrox! Have you seen the output of this card? Beautiful! Stunning! Gorgeous! Don't waste it on poor quality moniters. You can not go wrong with this one. Will do all that you have asked and has enough left over as not to be outdated any time soon.

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by Whizkid13 In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Try the nvidia geforce MX it supports multimon and that color in one card.

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

Available in PCI or AGP flavors, the most bang for the buck is the Matrox G450.With a highly integrated chip, the added value of a 360 MHz primary RAMDAC, and next-generation DualHead support, the Millennium G450 responds directly to "Corporate"users' needs.
It is not a bad gaming card either. Probably the best output of text and color than any other card on the market.

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