So confused about graphics cards for 4.1 running windows 7

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JamesinLAX, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. JamesinLAX macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys,

    I have been reading and reading and I just get a little confused with which graphics card is for me.

    I am trying to run two 19" screens off of one card. The program manufacture suggests this:
    -Hardware acceleration, greater than 256MB graphic RAM
    -Resolution at least 1280x800 pixels (recommended: 1920x1080)
    -Highly recommended: NVIDIA 9800 GTX or NVIDIA Geforce!GTX285 or AMD
    Radeon 5870 / 6970 or better, also NVIDIA Geforce 9600M GT laptop card
    -Very important: no shared graphics memory—this will cause onPC to not
    draw properly.

    I will br running in windows 7 mainly. I don't want to spend a lot of cash but I will spend enough to meet these specs.

    Can anyone suggest a good drop in card that is ready to go with the mac pro 4.1? I want to keep my original card in there as well.

    I have a 4.1 2.66 quad core 3gb of ram.
     
  2. Tesselator, Aug 7, 2013
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    Tesselator macrumors 601

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    I guess any card that sold with the MP4,1 is good enough already given the specs you listed.

    Isn't the base config for the 4,1 the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB?
     
  3. JamesinLAX thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It does come with a GT120.

    I would like to add a second card to run 2v 19" touch screens for control of this program. And use the GT120 for a 3rd monitor to display my 3d output.

    Also the touchscreens are Dsub. I don't like the idea of using many adapters for live production. I need something that can be screwed in.
     
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    GTX 660 is similar to the GTX 285 (a bit faster really). I don't know what you mean by Dsub, but if you mean DVI there are two of those on the 660.

    It will work OOTB in Mountain Lion once the OS boots up. You'll have boot screens on your GT120 only.
     
  5. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Dsub is the connector type.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-subminiature


    He probably means the HD 15pin D'sub a lot of folks refer to as a VGA connector:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector
     
  6. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Well if that's the case, then forget the 660. The only ports on the 660 with screw connectors are the DVI ports and only one of those has the analog signal for a VGA adapter.
     

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