Mac Pro - Video Card Setup for Dual 24"s?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by yanathin, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. yanathin macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I plan on buying a mac pro tomorrow, and I'd like to know what would be best video card setup to run my two 24" monitors (1920x1200 each). Would it be better for me to get 2x 7300 GT's (one powering each monitor) or one X1900 XT? I don't plan on gaming at all - I'm a graphic designer and mainly use Photoshop and Flash. I just want the smoothest experience possible. Thanks in advance!
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    Are you sure you need an upgraded video card? A 7300GT has two DVI ports, both capable of running 24" monitors.
  3. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Your work is mainly 2D so the video card that comes standard with the Mac Pro is more then adequate.
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    To add a third voice, yes, the included card is sufficient. A 'single-link' DVI port can handle up to 1920x1200. You only need the 'dual-link' DVI port if you want higher resolution than that (like what the 30" display uses.) So you'd only need a second 7300 (or one single X1900) if you want two monitors that use HIGHER than 1920x1200. (Oh, and when using VGA monitors, you can have up to two 2540x1920s. VGA doesn't have a special 'high-bandwidth' port that's needed for higher resolutions the way DVI does.)
  5. yanathin thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    I'm just asking this question because from past experience, I've had a few problems running dual monitors with one video card. Right now I have a GeForce 6800gt in a PC running my two 24"s, and quite honetsly the performance is very sluggish. The mouse movement is choppy, and running Flash movies on my right monitor is about 10x slower than running it on my left. That's why I'm wondering if it would be best to have a seperate video card power each display so I get the same results on each monitor... Or maybe I'm completely wrong and OS X doesn't handle dual monitors this way.
  6. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    That's odd...

    If you're REALLY worried, you could get 2 of the default cards. I think 1 card should be lots though....but at least Apple gives you the option of 2.

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