Just a quick question concerning multiple monitors..

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by _NW_CHAOS_, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. _NW_CHAOS_

    _NW_CHAOS_ Guest

    I have searched for a while, but not long enough, so the answer to this may be already here.

    What I have is posted in my signiture, my question is this -

    I would like to get a nice AGP card that runs two standard VGA monitor outs and has something in the hardware that accomedates for any multi-monitor spanning (basically, a video card that can let me run my two POS 17" monitors without sacrificing any processor power.) I am also trying to get Sonar 4, so would want a card that doesn't have any... issues... with it. Any advice? My GeForce3 is on its way to the grave... or to wherever dead video cards go.

    Price range is between $100-$200, closer to $100 is better though. :D

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    If you're looking for specifically only DAW oriented video cards then go for the Matrox G550. Cheap, works great and is very reliable.

    Two ouputs, one needs an adaptor in which comes with the card.

    Been using this card for quite a few years and still rocks!

    Opus :D
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    The Matrox G450 is a popular choice. I have one in my system and it has been very good to me. The 16 MB version can be had extremely cheap.
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Gary, we cross-posted... look at that! :)
  5. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    I got to it first...neener neener neener :p

    Opus :D
  6. _NW_CHAOS_

    _NW_CHAOS_ Guest

    Speedy replies rule...

    Thank you for the quick replies, that's awesome.

    ok, soo, Matrox g450, g550 (saves and closes notepad)
  7. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Check out the Matrox Parhelia APVe if you ever get monitors with DVI connections...
  8. _NW_CHAOS_

    _NW_CHAOS_ Guest

    Looks like an awesome card, just not too affordable... Currently, the next purchase I am looking at is monitors and preamps (which I hear carries a hefty bill.) The Firepods preamps (ech) are handling everything ok for now, though. The advice I have gotten so far is to basically ignore the expensive card market that gamers and other high end PC users use, because it is greedy with system resources. I don't like greed in general (lol), so that points me toward the matrox cards (although I am considering an ATI card from Best Buy, since it is close, and is about $80, standard, dual monitor capable, 128 meg cared), or any other card that doesn't tap off the system any more than it needs.

    I think the matrox cards are gonna foot the bill, after looking them up and reading about them. Then I can take my GeForce3 and play frisbee with it.

    Dave (drummer, Timeline)
  9. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    My bad that card is actually tailored to 3D modeling and 2D graphics designers etc... Check out the (Millennium P650) if you ever get dual DVI monitors.

    But yes, for your situation and hardware, G450agp, G550agp, P650agp, will all work great because you don't need any 3D acceleration...

    I disagree with the idea that gaming cards using more system resources, as you can set the amount of resources the system can use when the video card is utilizing all of its memory in your system BIOS under AGP/(PCI-E) aperture. Some motherboards have a fixed aperture size though...

    As for gaming cards being more CPU Intensive... heh, if you're not playing any games or using 3D modeling apps while trying to track audio with your multitrack app of choice I don't think you will have any issues whatsoever with the card eating up more CPU cycles.

    If I'm wrong here please someone show me otherwise...

    On the other hand 2D specific cards tend to be cheaper so its a great thing when you don't need 3D acceleration.
  10. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    Are Matrox G550 and Matrox Millennium G550 same cards? If they are different, which one is better for DAW? What is the price range?

    Also, is it a good idea to have two monitors or just one big monitor? Why?
  11. _NW_CHAOS_

    _NW_CHAOS_ Guest

    Heh, I can't live without two monitors. Regardless of what I am doing behind a computer, I can't. With the DAW, I would say it is essential if you are multitracking; that's a lotta information for one monitor to show at once. You may get away with one monitor for small jobs, but having a dual setup is damn handy.

    Dave (owner, NWCHAOS)
  12. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Silicon Valley
    FYI: Keep in mid that fancy video cards are also big PCI bus cycle hogs that often rob CPU performance away from audio.

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