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Quad head PCIe video card?

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April 6, 2010 12:27:34 AM

Looking for a quad head video card for my Dell Optiplex 755. I only have 1 PCIe slot and don't play games. Figure there is something that can drive 3x 24" 1920x1200 LCDs and 1x 15" 1024x768 LCD.

Thanks for any suggestions!
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 2:07:42 AM

Not sure what you mean a quad head, since it's a business desktop I would recommend any new Quadro or FirePro cards, not sure on prices but these cards are the same as Geforce excpet have slightly more muscle an reliability.
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April 6, 2010 2:28:01 AM

Quad head = 4 outputs for 4 displays.

Model on the FirePro? I don't know much about ATI
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April 6, 2010 1:20:45 PM

Purely office type applications and maybe some watching some videos here and there. No games or AutoCAD.
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April 6, 2010 1:23:36 PM

4850x2 if you can find one is probably your cheapest option
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 1:45:35 PM

ATI has the 6 mini display port graphics cards.

You might need some adapters for that to work.
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April 6, 2010 1:48:58 PM

I think I saw that one....but the adapters are pricey. I don't have DisplayPort LCDs.
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April 6, 2010 6:23:05 PM

Some of the desktop quad outputs can be a little flaky from what I know. You are best off getting a workstation card. These can be expensive. Below are some options for you. 1 being a single 4x DVI card. However, I believe the 755 has a PCI-E x16 slot and also a x1 slot, They do make workstation cards that are PCI-E x1 and work quite well. You could install (2) dual output cards. See below.

Nvidia Quadro 420 pci-e x16(4 outputs) $460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

Nvidia Quadro 290 pci-e x16(2 outputs) $143
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AND
Nvidia Quadro 290 pci-e x1(2 putputs) $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2010 6:34:00 PM

Most of the 5870 6-output cards are coming with all the necessary adapters you'll need, but you'll probably need to pick up another adapter or two, yes, if you don't have HDMI or DP on your monitors. That said, your total cost should be no more than $620-$650 with the adapters and you'll be able to go to 6 monitors should you want in the future.

If you only have a single PCIe slot available, the Quadro 420 is a good option for the price. The 290's only do dual. If you never plan on doing anything DirectX related (gaming or autocad) that's probably your best option for the price as it comes with a 4 DVI adapter. I'd still lean towards the 5870, but for just 2D it's probably overkill.

I'm always a little hesitant buying video cards from eBay, though that's hypocritical because I've sold quite a few there. heh-heh. The 4850x2 is a good option, too, if you're okay with used.
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