GIGABYTE 6 QUAD SERIES
I.ve been gathering information about this motherboard (gigabyte 6 quad series). but it doesn't talk about what kind a video card can use. Is it possible to use a ATI FIRE GL 1950 XTX, why this card ? co'z i think is the best on the market and if not pls. prove me wrong, THX.
Quote:Is it possible to use a ATI FIRE GL 1950 XTX, why this card ?
There is no such thing as the ATI FireGL X1950 XTX. There is the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX (used for gaming) and there is the ATI FireGL V7350 (for 3D modelling).
If your motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot, then you can use any PCI Express x16 graphics card (assuming you have enough power from your power supply). The X1950 XTX is PCI Express x16 and the Gigabyte is too, so you won't have any problems.
As far as I know, there is no FireGL version of the X1950XTX. ATI's OpenGL offerings stretch from the V3000s to the V7000 series. I believe the highest end version available is the V7350, which is essentially an OpenGL supporting, pimped out X1900, and it costs around US$2000.
If you are in a workstation environment, using applications such as CAD, then you will want a workstation card: From ATi, their FireGL range, and from Nvidia, their Quadro range.
From a gaming perspective, these cards are simply heavily overpriced versions of their non-OpenGL counterparts. If you are after the best gaming card available today that's compatible with the DQ6, I'd say your best bet would be the Nvidia 7950GX2. If you feel like leaning towards the Canadian team, then it would be the X1950XTX. That said, the 8000 series from Nvidia is becoming available very soon (less than a month, I believe), and you would be well advised to wait, if you are seeking the best of the best.