Hello, I'm looking for advice on a matter and I am stuck.
I have 3 options I can see, and I can't decide which will be best. they each have + and - points to them.
We have 12 "new" Dell Optiplex 360 slimline PC's ready for deployment to some new employees. They need dual monitor setups, and we need to add a LOW PROFILE video card to accomplish this. Company wide we have used GeForce FX5200 PCI cards as a standard. All our Images for deployment have the drivers, and we can easily swap out a bad card for a new one if needed.
These new PC's can't take a standard size card, and it is not easy to find low profile cards that fit our needs. It MUST have VGA out, as all our standard monitors have only VGA in. Also these new PC's have in the BIOS a setting that if a PCI-E card is installed it disables the on-board graphics.
Here's our 3 options I can find for ~ $50 a card (we need a minimum of 12 for now)
of the all the options you listed, I would go with #3. Granted you need adapters but its still less expensive then the other options and they will last you longer when you eventually upgrade OS and monitors.
my personal choice, get the ATI 3450. They are cheaper, they need no adapters, perform better then the 8400GS, and use equal power (around 18w). Granted you need to distribute drivers.
Thanks for the input, I'd like to see what others think though... the driver issue would arise as we'd have to document or label which PC's have the ATI. As of right now we have about 150 of the FX5200's deployed. It is the only card is use at our company.
Also I don't see the low profile riser in the ATI box. Is it something I'd have to find and purchase?
For work apps, provided you're not doing any 3d modeling or editting, none of these cards really offer a performance advantage. I use a macbook pro (Geforce 8600GT-M) and use a USB dongle (Diamond BVU195, about $70) to display to a second screen. The first screen uses the DVI port of my laptop. I'm using dual 24" monitors @1920x1200 and it works fine.