Graphics Card - Dual DVI

Graphics Card - Dual DVI

Post by Clive Hornet » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 09:56:21


I am building a new, hopefully fairly powerful PC. I have 2 Dell 1900FP
LCD monitors that I will be using (currently only using one). I am trying
to decide what graphics to get. I want to get a dual dvi card so I can run
them both of DVI, for a crisper picture.

I haven't decided on anything else yet (thinking of one of AMD's 64-bit
CPUs). So motherboard compatability is not an issue as I will get that

I will be running Fedora Core 2, and have currently only been looking at
NVidea as they seem to have better linux support. And from what I
understand all new NVidea cards work under linux?

The PC will be a home desktop used for the following: -General Office
-Playing the latest Games supported by winex (now Cedega) -Editing photos
taken on my Digital camera -Programming C++, Java, and XHTML
-Possibly dual boot into windoze for other games

I want something that will not be out of date next week but I don't want
to pay for extra power/features I will never use, or can't use because the
monitors or linux does not take advantage of.

The Geforce 6800 Ultra looks great but I am not convinced in spending
400+ GBP, which is over twice the price the others I am looking at!

The main cards I am looking at are:

-Gainward SilentFX PowerPack! Ultra/980 XP Professional GEFORCE FX 5700
-Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/980 XP Professional GEFORCE FX 5700
-XFX GEFORCE FX 5700 Ultra 128 MB DDR3 DUAL DVI & VIVO (mfr code-PVT36BND)

From my understanding the XFX one has DDR3 memory which is faster than the
other Gainward's DDR but only has 128MB instead of 256MB and it would be
better to have more instead of faster.

I also really like the idea of the silent cooling as I am keen to make the
new machine as quiet as possible but I don't want that if it will burn out.

So at present my favorite is the Gainward SilentFX PowerPack! Ultra/980.

I have seen all these for around 130-150 GBP, which is fine.

Does anyone know any reason why I should not get one of these or know of
a card that would be better for me?

Thanks for your help,


Graphics Card - Dual DVI

Post by Clive Hornet » Thu, 29 Jul 2004 09:58:00

Just a follow up beacause I hate looking at posts that are asking the same
question I have but have no answer.

I have decided to go for the 6800 Ultra even though it costs more as i
want the extra performance for *.


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