I need a multi-sceen, low-voltage graphics card, which one???


I need some feedback on getting a graphics card for a recent upgrade to my financial trading computer. Briefly, ‘I held the flashlight’ while my buddies put this thing together (but I’m learning). Sorry folks, I ain’t a gamer, but I know you’all have that historical knowledge and wisdom to shoot me some suggestions, because I’m so low on the learning curve.
I would like to have the ability to use up to four independent computer screens, and this gear is only used for:
streaming data from Wall Street (a lot of independent numbers flowing)
real-time graphs (two dimensional) with a few studies working simultaneously
reading from various web sites
and of course, trading
My broker says I need ‘a lot of memory’

My upgrade set-up consists of:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 eight-core 4GHz AM3+
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50
Motherboard: AMD Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
Memory: Kingston HyperX Predator Series 16 GB DDR3, 2x8GB, 2133MHz
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB Solid State Drive
Seagate750GB Sata Drive
Case: Cool Master HAF 932
Power Supply: Corsair AX750
Operating System: Windows 7 Office Home and Student 64 bit
Monitors: Asus x 3, 22-24 in., LEDs

My older graphics card I used, that worked great until it seemed to become overloaded, was an ATI Firepro 2460, which only had 512 MB of video memory, and used only 20 watts of power.
So I want as low electrical hog as will fill my needs, not to tax the unit also.
The monitor configuration I like to use is:
#1 Monitor: Actual Platform for trading
#2 Monitor: Research, reading, charting
#3 Monitor: Has as many as a dozen real-time graphs with various indicators, reduced horizontally, to watch for set-ups, as I read, chart and do research. (it’s not that bad since I can get away with working an hour a day, plus eight full days a month).

Thank you all in advance, I appreciate any suggestions.

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  1. What's your budget?
  2. Get 2 of these and you will have support for up to 4 monitors(2 per card)
  3. Why buy all of that expensive equipment, to couple it to a pair of old NVIDIA cards? :-)

    One of these will do 4 screens natively and is tons faster:


    While one of these will natively do 6 screens, but is a tad slower and you are paying a premium for the extra connectivity:


    When it comes to attaching the 3rd, 4th, or higher number display, you will be going with DisplayPort no matter which AMD card you choose, and will need an active DVI-to-DP adapter if your screen doesn't have a DisplayPort connection on it.

    From the looks of your previous graphics card, the 2460, you're already using DisplayPort.
  4. This is a trading system not a gamer, trading system don't require a fast video card only multi monitor support. Most the traders I know don't like eyefinity setups for the multiple monitors as some apps try to stretch across all the screens instead of only using 1, nice for a video wall but not when you want to view multiple apps simultaneously. Stretching is not an issue using extended desktop mode with 2 cards installed. He also wants as low as possible power usage under full load 2 gt210's will only use 44w(22w each) while a single hd7770 will use 86W. Also 2 gt210's cost allot less than a single 7770.
  5. Drew010 said:
    What's your budget?

    I'd like to keep it under $200, but I see that I might get away with a $50 card, I just don't know.
    thx in advance kelopt
  6. bignastyid said:
    Get 2 of these and you will have support for up to 4 monitors(2 per card)

    Will the mouse be able to move freely across all the screens??? thx
  7. Yes, and when I read he's running an 8350 with 16 GB of 2133 RAM, I stopped believing that power consumption and budget was as big of a deal as it initially was made out to be.

    The cost of 2 GT210's is not far off from the 7770.

    The OP was originally running an Eyefinity setup, so is probably well aware of it's functionality.

    The idle and max power consumption of the GT210 will need to be doubled if going for 2 cards, which at idle will come out to about the same as what a 7770 or 7750 will. If for some reason you spin up the cores of each card, the pair of GT210's will likely come between the 7750 and 7770 for power consumption, but the return on the power used will be greater on the newer cards.

    To be fair, the GT210 is a 31 Watt TDP, not 22 Watt. That's going to be 62 Watts, not 44 Watts, at full tilt. 22 Watts is the average consumption, not the max. Whereas 86 Watts is right around the max TDP for the 7770. The 7750 has a TDP of 55 Watts, so less than the pair of GT210's, if power consumption really is the end goal.

    Either setup will allow the mouse to move freely between all active screens.

    If initial price is the deciding factor, go with the GT210's.
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