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September 12, 2013 2:02:34 PM

I'm getting a 2560x1600 monitor for use in software development; I do not play games. Is it necessary to have 2gb RAM on the graphics card I get?

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September 12, 2013 2:06:17 PM

JMerrill said:
I'm getting a 2560x1600 monitor for use in software development; I do not play games. Is it necessary to have 2gb RAM on the graphics card I get?


No, even a 1GB is more than enough GPU if you don't game.
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September 12, 2013 2:06:49 PM

I don't see why you'd opt for less....not like it has a significant effect on price w/ 2 GB being a defacto standard... How does ya machine run with integrated GFX ? If ya happy with that, memory on discrete card becomes moot, ya don't need one.
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September 12, 2013 2:29:46 PM

You will be fine with the lesser amount, software development doesn't really use the graphics at all so just make sure the card has the correct output ports for the monitor your getting like dual link DVI, hdmi, etc..
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September 12, 2013 2:33:19 PM

Only Haswell integrated video will support 2560 x 1600 resolution. That will be fine for non gaming use.
Other platforms will require a discrete graphics card. Any that support a 2560 x 1600 monitor will do. The amount of vram is not important.
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September 12, 2013 3:00:09 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I don't see why you'd opt for less....not like it has a significant effect on price w/ 2 GB being a defacto standard... How does ya machine run with integrated GFX ? If ya happy with that, memory on discrete card becomes moot, ya don't need one.


The built-in graphics on this HP machine don't go past 1920x1080, so I need a card. For $50 I got an EVGA GT 520 with 2mb and 2 dual-link DVI connectors -- can't complain that it's too expensive!

Thanks for the reply.
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September 12, 2013 4:11:38 PM

That will be fine.
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