Dual Monitor setup on 2009 Nehalems (graphics card suggestions)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MCHR, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. MCHR macrumors regular

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    One of the questions that's front and center regarding the 2009 / nehalem Mac Pros is support for a dual monitor display which I've favored.

    I'll be using a main display, 24" likely, and a Wacom Cintiq for the lower, secondary display.

    With the Wacom having a 1600x1200 resolution option, and the 24" having the 1920x1600 resolution, what would be a good option for a graphics card? Will the 120 be good enough (of course the ATI 4870 looks enticing). Also, what about the secondary display? Will it be able to be supported by the mini display port? Currently I have a DVI to support both displays.

    Thx.
     
  2. JimGoshorn macrumors 6502

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    You'd need a mini display to DVI adapter for the second monitor
     
  3. MCHR thread starter macrumors regular

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    If we didn't want to use the adaptor (which I think is entirely ridiculous, BTW), is it possible for the 2009 Mac Pro to support the OEM Radeon 4870?

    Seee? Two DVI ports. Nice. And they're shipping at $200, which is what Apple is asking for their "option" when ordering BTO.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No. It doesn't work.

    Get one 4870 and one GT 120 like I did.
     
  5. MCHR thread starter macrumors regular

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    That may be the option I end up with, to be honest.

    Just for my information, why wouldn't it work? Seems like it "should". Drivers, firmware?
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    ROM.

    As in, the thing on the chip itself that is written for either BIOS or EFI.
     

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