My software requirements are speedy business applications on three monitors plus light gaming like SC2.
The box is a Dell PowerEdge 2850 server in workstation mode running dual 3.6GHz Xeon hyper-threaded, Windows Server 2003 R2 x64, 6GB RAM and 6xSCSI 15K in RAID 5 configuration. I have plenty of powersupply with dual 750W, but would have to buy some additional cables to power up the 5770.
I will have to buy a converter to go from display port to HDMI or DVI in either case, or spring for a 1920x1200 monitor that accepts display port. I'm open to suggestions in the near 28" $300 range.
My question is, for my purposes, is the 5770 overkill at twice the price?
Off-topic, but what's the deal with getting sound out of a video card? Some seem to output sound over HDMI I presume into a receiver, and from there into a monitor? That would seem to add undesirable latency. What am I missing? What can the card I got do for sound?
The reason I ask is because this server doesn't have a sound card either. As soon as I can prove to myself that the video card works I'll be looking for a sound card (PCI-X and PCIe x4 slots available if you want to make any suggestions).
What's that? Why would a 2.0 card be backward compatible and a 2.1 card not be backward compatible? I would have never guess that.
They're actually both 2.1 anyway. All 5000-series cards are. Many PCI-E 1.x motherboards don't support 2.1 cards because they lost manufacturer support before 2.1 was even close to becoming the next standard.
The key question is, will your motherboard support a PCI-E 2.1 card? Check with the manufacturer on that, as it will likely require a BIOS update. In terms of performance, I'd go with the 5770, especially if you're considering a large, 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 resolution monitor.