NVIDIA graphics cards for multiple monitor (2560 x 1600 resolution)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tresor, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. Tresor


    Hello Guys,

    I'd like to ask your advice on a selection of graphic cards. I am considering buying a Fujitsu Siemens workstation.

    Maximum number of two NVIDIA graphic cards can go into the mother board of this machine. I enclose a screenshot with the NVIDIA cards that are available for the machine I am interested in.

    I would like to have a setup of four monitors of 2560 x 1600 resolution (1 graphics card for two monitors). My charting package is MultiCharts.

    Can you please have a look at my questions and maybe answer them (based on the specs on the screenshot):

    1. Can the real 2560 x 1600 resolution be achieved for two monitors from 1 graphics card?

    2. If YES, what is the less powerfull (the cheapest) card (from the list) that I can be happy with. I wouldn't like to go for the most expensive item :p

    3. If NOT, what is the less powerfull (the cheapest) card that you would recommend. In this case my setup would be cut from 4 monitors to 2.

  2. Any of those cards you have highlighted will run two 30" monitors at max resolution of 2560 X 1600.

    The cheapest and lowest performance from the list is the fx370 - which unfortunately is still greatly over-powered for what you need. These retail for around $125 each.


    It would be possible to save a bit of money if you used low end gaming cards - but it really wouldn't be worth the hassle if you want a functioning and installed PC, ready for use.
  3. Tresor


  4. most cheap nvidia geforce cards like a 9500GT card will run 2x30" lcd at 2560x1600. at long as it has dual dvi. they can be bought for 100 bucks or less. Quadro is for 3d renders for CAD work, trading apps are 2d only and require no 3d acceleration.
  5. Tresor


    Hi BigFunky,

    This is a great news for me. Frankly, I wasn't sure about one issue - I may intorduce some confusion here - namely I read somewhere that in order to enjoy the true and real 2650 x 1900 resolution on one monitor I must connect the monitor to the the graphics card with 2 cables.

    As there are 2 Dual-LinkDVIs in 1 graphics card, I was afraid that (i) all 2 Dual-LinkDVIs will need to be connected to one monitor, and (ii) there would be no connectivity left for the other monitor.

  6. Tresor



    I can only select from the list of items that I posted.

    I will go for the cheapest ones then :D

  7. Tums


    Dual-Link is a protocol name.
    It has nothing to do with Dual-cable-connection.

    <img src=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/DVI_Connector_Types.svg/181px-DVI_Connector_Types.svg.png>

    you can read the detail here.
  8. I had a look on the chart, you have to get a fx570 to run 2x30" at 2560x1600 each. th fx370 only has 1 dual-link dvi and another standard dvi. the fx570 has 2 dual-link dvi
  9. Good spotting!
  10. Tresor


    Thanks Tums, thanks acerbits,

    There is yet another option that I can have:

    (i) 2 x NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290, or
    (ii) 2 x NVIDIA Quadro NVS 440.

    Are you by any chance experienced with these?

    #10     Feb 2, 2009