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What is the best/fastest dual head geforce card

I will make my first post a gather for opinion. Currently I am running an intel qx9770 sitting on a intel dx48bt2 with 4gb ram. Currently I have a Geforce 9800GX2 installed and it is a *PIG*! I really don't play games, but want the fasted screen refresh under win7 running a pair of acer AL2216w's. The reason I say this thing is a PIG is because it takes 2 ATX power connectors AND it gets HOTHOTHOT. I know this thing is pulling some juice. Is there another geforce card that is a little more *green*?
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  1. There are plenty that are a lot more green. Almost any graphics card on the market will easily, easily refresh your screen faster than the monitor is capable of displaying, so I'm not sure why you got a 9800gx2 in the first place. Are you running any graphically demanding apps at all?
  2. Not really.. Maybe some movies and high rez pictures... My last card was a geforce 7600QX. It was slow as dirt.. If I was draging a window around, it would freeze frame and was really jerky..

    Does nvidea make a dual head 1gb card that doesn't need extra power from the power supply?
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    7600qx shouldnt do that in the first place, unless you really running crazy dual screen resolution like dual 1080p.

    I would suggest 250gts because it runs cool and take very little power compare to gx2. much less beefy than gx2 and perform pretty well for none heavy gamer. feel free to argue.

    it is sad that qx9770 is sitting there not doing much there. why would you get it in the first place?
  4. w5gm said:
    Not really.. Maybe some movies and high rez pictures... My last card was a geforce 7600QX. It was slow as dirt.. If I was draging a window around, it would freeze frame and was really jerky..

    Does nvidea make a dual head 1gb card that doesn't need extra power from the power supply?


    I agree with magicbullet.

    You mean a 7600gs or 7600gt?

    Either way it shouldn't do that. It sounds to me like your problems were related to driver problems. I have a 6600GT that runs dual screens great in windows and linux.

    I would put the 7600 back in if you still have it, use driver sweeper from Guru3d, and reinstall the latest drivers.

    If you don't have your 7600, or it still doesn't work (could be a broken card?) then a GTS 250 would be a good choice.
  5. Agreed - a 7600 shouldn't have done that. Windows really doesn't take much graphically. I'd get something like an ATI 4650 or an Nvidia 9500 (I'd take the ATI between the two, personally). A GTS 250 (as recommended above) would work great, but it is somewhat overkill and needs a supplemental 6 pin connector.
  6. Yeah, a GTS 250 is overkill. If you insist on an Nvidia card then a new low power 9600gt should easily handle what you are describing but really that's overkill as well;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130485

    A HD4650 should be great for your purposes. It's cool and VERY low power;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102838
  7. pshrk said:
    I agree with magicbullet.

    You mean a 7600gs or 7600gt?

    Either way it shouldn't do that. It sounds to me like your problems were related to driver problems. I have a 6600GT that runs dual screens great in windows and linux.

    I would put the 7600 back in if you still have it, use driver sweeper from Guru3d, and reinstall the latest drivers.

    If you don't have your 7600, or it still doesn't work (could be a broken card?) then a GTS 250 would be a good choice.


    I fat fingered, Its a 7600GT with 256M ram.
  8. So the question still is, what is the fastest Geforce pci2.0 card I can get that doesn't require auxiliary power?
  9. The answer to that question is one of the new 9800gts such as this;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133279

    That's not what you asked originally though. That is a gaming card, it is entirely unnecessary for what you are asking about. It will be a waste of money and electricity, not on the level of the 9800x2 but that card is simply insane for you purposes.
    Almost any modern card should be able to handle what you are asking about. If you insist on Nvidia the highest I would really recommend is a 9500gt but an HD4650 is better and more power efficient for the same price.
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