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Old 01-13-2006, 08:01 PM
TomasW TomasW is offline
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Dual monitor setup in high-res, what graphics card?

Hi folks,

I got my Christmas gift, what I long time wanted (24" wide screen TFT) and now have problem to solve...
My old setup was dual monitor (21" 1600x1200 + 17" LCD 1280x1024). I´m using one card - ATI Radeon 9800PRO 128MB where in my old setup was CRT connected using analogue output (in windows driver id as primary) and LCD as secondary on DVI. New monitor is now using DVI, what seems to be "secondary" on my ATI adapter and older LCD is connected using analogue D-SUB socket. I believe, this setup is not good as in Photoshop, when I open almost any image window and trying to move it around my main screen, it is not smooth movement, I can almost see, how the window redraw and even it sometimes stick for fraction of second to catch up again. Zoom in/out and other manipulation = same effects. I think, my new setup (1920x1200 + 1280x1024) is simply too much for one older AGP card with 128MB.
What do you think? Will be solution to just leave the AGP card for one LCD and buy new PCI-X (my board is not PCIex) card for second LCD? Any advice, what may work fine? Most tests now show only 3D performance, nobody cares about 2D and Photoshop etc... Will the memory speed (GDDR or DDR2 or DDR3 and various frequencies) make any influence on 2D performance? I don´t care about 3D at all. My only application for 3D is Google Earth Thanks for advices...


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