[AG-TECH] Best Video card for VIC

Darin Oman darin at ucar.edu
Thu Jul 10 14:13:21 CDT 2003

We have an NVIDIA Quadro4 900 in our display machine. It might be overkill, but the performance is amazing. I haven't seen it reach its limit yet.


On 7/10/2003 at 1:51 PM Coorpender, Steven wrote:
I think that buying a 3dlabs card for your ag display machine would most likely be unnecessary and much too expensive...in fact, unless you are running 3D rendering applications on your display machine, you do not need the 3d acceleration features that cards like the FireGL and Wildcat offer. For access grid display use, multi-headed 2D cards are all that is needed. AGP bandwidth should not be a problem either. I'm not sure, but I have heard that high performance 3D cards sacrifice 2D performance (for cost-efficiency, etc.).
Steven Coorpender 
Systems Analyst 
LSU Eye Center 
-----Original Message----- 
From: Douglas Baggett [mailto:dbaggett at nsf.gov] 
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 8:40 AM 
To: 'ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov' 
Subject: [AG-TECH] Best Video card for VIC 

Recently we had a Grid meeting and due to the fact that there were too 
many windows on the console screen, the video card could not handle it 
(it was a NVIDIA FireGL card). 
Assuming the problem is bandwidth on the AGP bus (please correct me if I 
am wrong), has anybody used some of the new AGP 8x cards like the 
wildcat 4 from 3dlabs? 
Administratively of course the correct solution is to request sites to 
limit the number of cameras used when joining an event. The problem was 
that during this meeting we had many ad-hoc sites. 
-Doug Baggett 

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