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    which graphic card for DAW

    Hi!

    Currently I´ve a MSI K8N Neo Mainboard, AMD64 3000+, and 1,5 GB RAM. Now I´m searching for an appropriate graphic card. It should be not too expensive and it has to have DVI out. 3D power doesn´t matter. My current favorite is the Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9200/9250, 128MB DDR, DVI, TV-out, AGP for € 50.
    What do you think?

    Best,
    Michael

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    It really depends on whether you plan to use the DAW for other things like gaming. I have a dedicated games machine that is also a slave DAW with a Radeon 8500. (128 mb ram)

    For my host DAW, I run a Matrox P650 with dual DVI out for my LCDs. As this is a more specialised machine (i.e music only) I dont need an overly powerful card in it.
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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    well, I don´t play games, so, as I said above, 3D power doesn´t matter. I use only 1 TFT monitor...

    Best.

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    For dedicated DAWs I like the ATI Radeon 7000 series cards, especially the dual-head ones. You can get 32 MB and 64 MB versions. For DAW work memory size doesn't really matter. Check www.pricewatch.com; you should be able to find such cards for 50 USD or less.

    However beware of Sapphire or other cards that have ATI chipsets, but are not official ATI card products. I've found that the official ATI drivers will not run on some third party cards (Sapphire seems to be the worst of the ones I've encountered in this regard). If you buy a third party card with an ATI chipset, I'd test it with the official ATI drivers to make sure it can use them. ATI updates their drivers frequently, but others almost never do.

    Of course you can spend more money and get 'better' ATI cards, but most of the improvements will be in the 3D hardware which you don't care about. And for a DAW, avoid cards with a fan of course.

    IMO ATI cards have crisper 2D displays (especially text and sharp edges) than comparable nVidia cards. Also I'm not aware of any dual-head nVidia cards until you get to a higher price level.

    Hope this helps,

    - Steve

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    Quote Originally Posted by MCS
    well, I don´t play games, so, as I said above, 3D power doesn´t matter. I use only 1 TFT monitor...

    Best.
    Well if you're not not running any intensive graphics a 128mb card seems like a lot of overkill.

    Maybe check out the P650. As I mentioned above, it has dual DVI outs so if you ever decide to run two TFT displays that card can connect both of them digitally.
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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    For what it's worth I'm running a Radeon 9200 SE. It's a Diamond Steath S80 with 128 MB, VGA + DVI + Video, and it runs with the stock ATI driver. It's compatible with my Asus A8V-Deluxe A64 setup and GS3. Best of all, it has no fan.

    It may be overkill, but it was the cheapest thing on Fry's shelf that had DVI out.

    -JF

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    thanks for your replies...

    Best,
    Michael

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    Just a note: If you are going AGP (which I imagine everyone does) make sure and don't put your soundcard in the first PCI slot since it shares IRQ assignment with the AGP slot in most cases and it seems on most MOBO's that they share resources as well. Don't do this unless you want a lot of conflicts you don't need.

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Burrell
    Just a note: If you are going AGP (which I imagine everyone does) make sure and don't put your soundcard in the first PCI slot since it shares IRQ assignment with the AGP slot in most cases and it seems on most MOBO's that they share resources as well. Don't do this unless you want a lot of conflicts you don't need.
    Thanks for that tip. Do you know where I can see all IRQ assignments in WinXP?

    Best,
    Michael

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    Re: which graphic card for DAW

    Quote Originally Posted by MCS
    Thanks for that tip. Do you know where I can see all IRQ assignments in WinXP?

    Best,
    Michael
    Michael

    Yes, go to the Device manager and then select View> Resources by connection. Then select IRQ and collapse the + to view the Irq's.

    Michael for that MSI K8N Neo Platinum board the Sapphire Radeon 9550 Video card works great! I actually have built an Athlon 64 with this exact combination and its rock stable and very powerful under the hood.

    Dave

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