Configuring a new Mac Pro - 2nd Hand - Best setup?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ZAK248313, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. ZAK248313 macrumors member

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    Hi guys-

    Just picked up a spare machine for the office off Ebay. Only a few months old and got it for a pretty good price.

    Processor: Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Memory: 2GB (2x1GB)
    Hard Drive: 320GB
    Graphics: 2 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB

    Never setup one of these with 2 graphcis card's and was wondering what the best config is?

    I'm waiting on a couple of Dell Ultra Sharps to arrive (Again, spare machine, the ACD's are on all the good ones!)

    There's 2 DVI outputs per card. (4 DVI outputs total)

    Should I be putting 1 monitor per card? Or putting both on the same card? What are the advantages / disadvantages of this?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    The only way the arrangement will affect is if the speed of the PCI-express cards is different. (Check in system profiler). Unless you do high graphics intensive work, you probably wont notice.
     
  3. ZAK248313 thread starter macrumors member

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    Its mostly used for Final Cut Pro, Uncompressed 10bit editing.

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  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    In my opinion, plugging in one monitor per card is the best idea for editing at that resolution. Not to mention that, unlike in the PC, video cards cannot SLI/Crossfire… Plugging both monitors in one card will make that card do twice the work and the other will do no work at all (except draw power).
     

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