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Low profile card for 30" Apple cinema display

I have a 30" Apple Cinema Display and am getting a new windows 7 system next week, but the computer is small form-factor. From the apple website, it says that in order to run the display at high resolutions, I need to use an nvidia quatro FX 3000, 4000, 3400 or 4400. Does anyone know if I can get a low-profile version of one of these cards?
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  1. I dont know of any Quatro cards that are low profile, and why would they? They are workstation class cards, they dont make low profile systems to do the stuff you need a Quatro card for. Anyway, most GPUs wont have a problem with that monitor.

    What are you going to be using the system for? The highest reasonably priced low profile card i see is a 5670, there is a 5750 for about twice as much which isnt worth it. If you arent going to be doing any super intensive tasks with it like gaming or image work you can step down to something like a 5450 and be fine.
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    The only restriction in terms of a graphics card for that display is that the card must have at least one DVI-I or DVI-D Dual-Link port and a dual-link DVI cable.

    If you want to go with an nVIDIA graphics card then a recent card like the GeForce GT 430 will work.

    ASUS ENGT430/DI/1GD3(LP) GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

    and if your power supply can handle it a GeForce GTS 450:

    Palit NE5S4500F0601 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

    If you want to go with an AMD graphics card then an ATI Radeon HD 5670 will work:

    MSI R5670-PD512 Radeon HD 5670 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card with Eyefinity

    and if your power supply and slot space allow it an ATI Radeon HD 5750:

    PowerColor AX5750 1GBD5-LH Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
  3. The workstation is not for me, but for a client. He loves his 30" display and wants to upgrade his desktop to a specific small form-factor model. He uses the computer for only email, Internet and MS Office apps - no gaming or CAD of any kind. I appreciate your links and after looking at the options I am going to have him purchase the Asus ENGT430. Thanks for the information about the graphic card requirements.

    By the way, you say I need a dual-link DVI cable. Does that mean it would attach to the DVI port on the video card and attach onto two ports on the back of the dispaly?

    Sorry if these questions are basic, but I am a database programmer who somehow got roped into upgrading the CEO's computer and don't usually do this type of thing!
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  5. A dual link DVI cable just has all its pins and provides a lot more bandwidth, its what most people would consider a normal DVI connector, its just a single connector on both ends

  6. The 30" Apple Cinema Display should have included a dual-link DVI cable in the package.
  7. Great information! Thank you very much!
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