[AG-TECH] Display Experiment: Different Video Cards
Ivan R. Judson
judson at mcs.anl.gov
Fri Mar 30 07:03:41 CST 2001
I'd be happy to. FYI, thanks for the pointer to the ASUS card. What a great
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Leigh [mailto:spiff at evl.uic.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 10:58 PM
> To: Ivan R. Judson; Ag-Tech at Mcs. Gov; pape at evl.uic.edu
> Subject: RE: [AG-TECH] Display Experiment: Different Video Cards
> Dave Pape has been evaluating graphics cards and ganging
> them on a single
> PC as well.
> Here is his latest email on successes/failures, please keep Dave
> in the loop
> on your experiences:
> FYI, I've been setting up a new PC for my Crayoland museum project and
> have taken the opportunity to use it to test several different nVidia
> cards. This includes the new Synergy III (dual-channel Quadro2MXR), and
> a brief attempt at running up to 4 PCI TNT2 cards along with the Synergy.
> I'll be putting a full summary under my CAVE/Linux web page soon; for now
> the Charts-n-Graphs page
> (http://www.evl.uic.edu/pape/CAVE/linux/nVidia/charts.html) shows some
> results from GLperf.
> On the idea of multiple cards in one PC, it kind of works, but won't be
> useful for us at the moment. The big problem is that Performer 2.4 for
> Linux won't work with multiple pipes (it prints a warning message that
> pfMultipipe is not supported). I'll ask on info-performer if this will
> ever change. Running plain OpenGL (i.e. crayoland) worked, but was flaky
> - trying to use AGP & PCI cards together locked up the machine, using more
> than 3 PCI cards crashed the X server. With 3 PCI TNT2s I could get
> decent frame rates (20-30 fps) at 640x480 resolution; so, _maybe_ 3
> GeForce2MXs would do okay at 1024x768. Again, full details on the web
> page, RSN.
> Jason Leigh, PhD
> spiff at evl.uic.edu Electronic Visualization Lab (M/C 154)
> EVL Phone (312) 996-3002 University of Illinois at Chicago
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov [mailto:owner-ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov]On
> > Behalf Of Ivan R. Judson
> > Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2001 10:45 PM
> > To: Ag-Tech at Mcs. Gov
> > Subject: [AG-TECH] Display Experiment: Different Video Cards
> > Hey everyone,
> > Just wanted to let you know I put out an order for the following cards:
> > Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 MX CRT 32MB Dual Video PCI $145.00
> > Asus AGP-V7100 GeForce2 MX 32MB Dual Video AGP $196.57
> > The idea here is to have 4 heads, 2 on AGP, 2 on a single PCI slot.
> > These are both reasonably modern chipsets. At least the
> > performance on the
> > nVidia based cards seem to have been the best of the best lately.
> > If this works, and tests go well, I'll report such to you all so you can
> > consider swapping graphics cards.
> > The incremental cost would be ~$500.00, which I think is a
> reasonable cost
> > to upgrade the graphics on the display box. If you strongly disagree or
> > agree, please chime in -- it'd be a good data point.
> > I will verify these cards work both under Windows 2000 and Linux.
> > Stay tuned, more details to follow.
> > --Ivan
> > ---
> > http://www.mcs.anl.gov/~judson
> > Futures Laboratory
> > Argonne National Laboratory
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