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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 rpg In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Ed,

One good way to save money and yet have a great display would be a Matrox Millenium G450 card with DualHead dislplay on one card (32MB, DualHead, DVD etc. $145)
This way you save money from buying two cards and avoid some of the dual card installation woes (Two IRQs and memory addresses required plus you would need a dual AGP motherboard).

Also if you have saved enough money by not buying the second card you may wish to choose the Marvel G450TV with added TV tuner and video editing capabilities.

Regards

Richard

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

Combining performance and reliability, the Matrox G series Video Cards are difficult to ignore. With personal experience with the G400 running windows 2000, I found it to be an excellent pick. It delivers serious performance with dual monitor support; it would be my pick.

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

I just built my new system with the ATI Radeon AGP 4x 32 video card. My cost was $230.00 CDN. I love the performance. Initially I had driver problems, and had to download the new 2000 drivers and the patch for the VIA motherboard chipset. This fixed all. Most of the new systems at work are coming in with ATI cards (Xpert 2000 16) The latest drivers for these cards actually configure themselves to the monitors by plug and play at boot. (A bit flakey under NT 4.0, but great under 2000 WS.)

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

Oh well... It looks as if I was a bit slow in getting back to this one.
I tend to aggree with most here - the Matrox G400/G450 dualhead series is probably the best bet.

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by jason.barnett In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would (and indeed have) bought a Matrox G400. It met my requirements perfectly (which match yours to the letter).

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