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April 20, 2010 6:37:56 AM

Hello, I have dell xps710 with ge force 7950 GX2 Please advise replacment gpu that can run dual monitors in Win7
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April 20, 2010 7:45:53 AM

Anything from a DDR3 4650 up will give you the same or better performance than your current 7950 GX2.
ALL current GPUs will have no issues running dual monitors.

What is your budget and are you still looking for a gaming card?
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April 20, 2010 7:49:30 AM

What are your purposes(Gaming,multitasking,rendering,entertainment or All)

just for multi screens for multitasking you could get a

HD5670 supports Eyefinity

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



for gaming in high res screens you will need 5850/5870/Gtx470/Gtx480
leave out the Gtx
the 5850 or 5870 would perform great in 3 screen and 5870 would do great gaming in that too.

Hd5850 - 309$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD5870 - 400$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX480 - 500$(currently out of stock)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the mid range cards are

5770,5750 and 5830

HD5750 - 139$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD5770 - 159$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD5830 - 233$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


the most best would be 5970 currently out of stock - aroud 675 - 720$
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April 29, 2010 10:07:17 PM

Thanks for replies
Power Supply as follows
PSU Dell XPS 710
Model 750P-00
Input 100-120V 13A 50-60Hz
200-240V 7A
Output +12VA + 12VA 18.0A +5V 16.0A
750W Max +12VB 18.0A -12V 0.2A
+12VC 18.0A +3.3V 30.0A
12VD 16.0A +5VFP 3.08A
Max. Combined Power ON 5+ AND +3.3V Output is 150W.
Max. Combined Power ON+12VA,+12VB,12VC,12VD 700W
+5V & 3.3V 150W.+12VA,+12VB,+ 12VC,+12VD, 700W
+5V & 3.3V 150W.+12VA,+12VB,+ 12VC,+12VD, 700W
Switching Power Off
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Resolution Dell Monitor U2410
1920x1200 maximum resolution, 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio and 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio

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Budget $400-$600

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April 29, 2010 10:41:47 PM

outlw6669 said:
Anything from a DDR3 4650 up will give you the same or better performance than your current 7950 GX2.
ALL current GPUs will have no issues running dual monitors.

What is your budget and are you still looking for a gaming card?


I don't think so, the only edge a 4650 would have over this card is shader and lower power consumption. You must not know much about older cards. First this card is a dual planer dual gpu board. A 5670 yes with GDDR5 will out perform this older card while a 5750/70 is guaranteed upgrade.
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April 30, 2010 4:14:48 AM

what about a HD5850 its a perfect card for that res
and its only 310$-369$

or if you want to spend more get a 5870

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April 30, 2010 8:42:14 AM

I would agree, a 5850 would be an excellent choice for you.
TBH though, FSX is extremely CPU dependent.
You may want to check if your Dell BIOS allows you to overclock your QX6700.
If it does, spending a little of the left over budget on a good CPU cooler and pushing it to its limits will be quite beneficial.

nforce4max said:
I don't think so, the only edge a 4650 would have over this card is shader and lower power consumption. You must not know much about older cards. First this card is a dual planer dual gpu board. A 5670 yes with GDDR5 will out perform this older card while a 5750/70 is guaranteed upgrade.


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You may want to brush up on your history a little...
A DDR3 4650 will perform very closely to a 7950GX2 and anything faster will outperform it.
Besides being several generations out of date, the 7950GX2 really is not that powerful of a GPU...

Without having the time to link you piles of reviews comparing cards through the several generations, I will instead leave you this link.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-480,2598-6.html
While it may not always be 100% spot on, in this case it follows the reviews I have seen/remember quite closly.

As I remember it, the 7950GX2 is, on average, 15-20% slower than a 8800GTS 640.
Jumping forward a bit, the 3850 performs pretty darn close to a 8800GTS 640, maybe 5-10% slower.
A DDR3 4650 is around 10-15% slower again than the 3850.
Looking at it like this, it really is quite close in performance, probably just a little slower.
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April 30, 2010 11:16:12 AM

outlw6669 said:
I would agree, a 5850 would be an excellent choice for you.
TBH though, FSX is extremely CPU dependent.
You may want to check if your Dell BIOS allows you to overclock your QX6700.
If it does, spending a little of the left over budget on a good CPU cooler and pushing it to its limits will be quite beneficial.



:heink: 

You may want to brush up on your history a little...
A DDR3 4650 will perform very closely to a 7950GX2 and anything faster will outperform it.
Besides being several generations out of date, the 7950GX2 really is not that powerful of a GPU...

Without having the time to link you piles of reviews comparing cards through the several generations, I will instead leave you this link.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-geforce-gtx-480,2598-6.html
While it may not always be 100% spot on, in this case it follows the reviews I have seen/remember quite closly.

As I remember it, the 7950GX2 is, on average, 15-20% slower than a 8800GTS 640.
Jumping forward a bit, the 3850 performs pretty darn close to a 8800GTS 640, maybe 5-10% slower.
A DDR3 4650 is around 10-15% slower again than the 3850.
Looking at it like this, it really is quite close in performance, probably just a little slower.


I know gpu history rather well and own two engineering samples of this card. I am a collector and own over 30 other cards dating from the early 90s on up.
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May 10, 2010 11:17:34 AM

Thanks for your advice. I have the card now and ready to install, there is two 6 pin plugs one marked P3 which is connected to the old 7950 GX2 & 6 pin connector marked P4 not connected (will any 6 pin do?) can I place these in the card in any order? wires are not cofigured the same on both plugs.
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May 10, 2010 3:00:28 PM

The 7950gx2 uses one 6pin connector unlike the 7900GTX duo so it should run with out issue depending on your board. G/P3x or newer should work while older usually don't work due to the bios not being able to properly boot the card. In your case it should work.
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May 17, 2010 12:07:08 AM

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May 17, 2010 2:32:03 AM

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