Which Matrox video card for DAW?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by laptoppop, May 16, 2003.

  1. laptoppop

    laptoppop Guest

    I'm putting together a new workstation. I'll be running Sonar and Cool Edit Pro. I want dual monitors. From what I understand, a number of folks have had good success with the Matrox line.

    I'll be running XP Pro.

    So... which one? For a system dedicated to audio only (no gaming) should I get the 450, 550, or Parphelia? From the specs, it looks like all of them are AGP 4x cards so they are tied there. I don't think I need ultra ultra fast updating screen - we're talking audio editing here!

  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Go with the 550, the Parhelia is a three monitor output and is more than you will want to deal with.

    If you want to save some cash get the 450, you will see the same results!

    Regardless you will want to set the bit depth of the card to 16bit anyways.


    Opus :D
  3. laptoppop

    laptoppop Guest

    Thanks, that helps a lot!

  4. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002

    I use a Matrox G450 on my DAW and it works OK; definitely the way to go if you need a dual head card; if you plan to do some audio for video post though I'd recommend you get the Parhelia: It's more expensive, but it will enable you to visualize a Qiuck Time or video preview window of the software you are using to a third full resolution screen; this is a tremendous plus when you are syncing audio to picture, as referring to a stamp like picture isn't easy and healty for your eyes in the long run (tried myself...), not to mention that you can hook up a plasma screen and mix like you were looking the movie in a theatre :D ;) .

    For audio only duties, the 450 will work flawless; be sure to update it with the latest drivers which fixed some minor bugs.

    Hope this helps


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