AOA Forums AOA Forums AOA Forums Folding For Team 45 AOA Files Home Front Page Become an AOA Subscriber! UserCP Calendar Memberlist FAQ Search Forum Home


Go Back   AOA Forums > Hardware > Graphics and Sound cards; Speakers and other Peripherals


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 5th March, 2006, 10:34 PM
whatever's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: January 2002
Location: moon
Posts: 1,132

What's a good video card for 2D?

Hi guys.


What's a really good video card for 2D display? I believe there are cards out there that can provide better picture such as color tone, clarity, cleanness, and sharp levels than a "typical" 3D gaming cards, even there is a small difference.

I have a high-end display panel that I'm trying to get best out of my video card. I currently own a $200 UXGA cable. But I don't quite think my ol' Radeon x800XT video card is best suited for it. Mostly it is going to be for viewing high-def video files and other desktop apps.

I saw this in Newegg and seems somewhat tempting. What do you guys think?

Quote: " Powered by ATI’s scalable FireGL workstation Visual Processing Units (VPU)
Up to 256-bit high bandwidth memory architecture
2, 4 or 6 parallel geometry engines
4, 8 or 16 parallel pixel pipelines 128-bit full floating point precision
24-bits per RGBA component displays beyond 16.7M colors"


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102459


I need your input as to what's a best card for 2D. Money is no object here.
__________________
sig
HTPC
Conroe E6600 + stock cooler @ 3.2ghz
ATi X1950XTX 512 CrossFire
Triple WD Raptor 10k HDDs@ raid 0
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PHD7UY
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PH9UK
BetterCable SilverSerpent SVGA & DVI-D
Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray PC Drive

p4 - superPi - 31 sec.
pM - superPi - 28 sec.
conroe - superPi - 14 sec.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 5th March, 2006, 11:45 PM
dsio's Avatar
Steve Jobs
 
Join Date: October 2002
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 8,037

A fireGL is just a workstation 3D card.

To be honest, the difference is almost nil.

If you are doing video stuff, then I recommend a Geforce 6/7 with full Purevideo support.

My 6800GT does full 1080i hardware decoding through Purevideo, and, yea it does actually make a nice quality difference over standard decoding. Much sharper and clearer, and more vibrant colours.

So, for video I would go Nvidia purevideo.

Now, if you mean 2D art quality rather than video... I have a few mates that are in the business, and swear that Matrox Parhelia / whatever their new one is called, is the bee's knees.

At 1280X960, on a high def CRT (Most artist types I know don't use LCD panels, as colour representation is always off, even on the best ones), I honestly couldnt tell the difference between the output from the Parhelia and the output from my 82830M laptop GPU.

Now, when he upped the game to 2048x1536@85hz... My jaw dropped. Even my 6800GT has ghosting, blurring, and general yuckyness at 2048x1536, but the Parhelia looked like it wasn't breaking a sweat.

Matrox are about the closest you will ever find to a 2D high quality brand. But their video decoding is not on par with Purevideo. I honestly have no clue about ATI's new hardware video decoding, but its had some bad press, and Dave doesn't sound completely thrilled about it. If someone said otherwise about it though, I wouldn't argue, as I have never used it.
__________________
Notebook: Apple Macbook Pro 13" i7 2.7Ghz (3.4Ghz max) 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz (Mac OSX 10.6.7)
Desktop: ASUS Rampage Formula X48
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (Yorkfield) @ 3.60Ghz (Folding SMP Linux)
Running Fedora 15 Linux (GNOME 3)
Dual Dell 2407WFP
AOA Team fah

Drivers, Games, Demos, Mods and Overclocking Tools At AOAFiles
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 6th March, 2006, 01:06 AM
whatever's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: January 2002
Location: moon
Posts: 1,132

That's very good to know. I don't know much about nVidia late gen cards as i don't own them. That PureVideo you speak of sounds tempting.. If I understand it right, it's a chipset that's incorporated into the GeForce card that does the video decoding? As a matter of fact, I've been considering more leaning toward GeForce card anyway.. How is the text quality, good? Thanks a lot for your help.
__________________
sig
HTPC
Conroe E6600 + stock cooler @ 3.2ghz
ATi X1950XTX 512 CrossFire
Triple WD Raptor 10k HDDs@ raid 0
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PHD7UY
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PH9UK
BetterCable SilverSerpent SVGA & DVI-D
Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray PC Drive

p4 - superPi - 31 sec.
pM - superPi - 28 sec.
conroe - superPi - 14 sec.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 6th March, 2006, 01:09 AM
dsio's Avatar
Steve Jobs
 
Join Date: October 2002
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 8,037

Its very good. Here are some more purevideo links:

http://www.nvidia.com/page/purevideo.html
http://www.nvidia.com/page/pg_20041215177473.html
__________________
Notebook: Apple Macbook Pro 13" i7 2.7Ghz (3.4Ghz max) 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz (Mac OSX 10.6.7)
Desktop: ASUS Rampage Formula X48
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (Yorkfield) @ 3.60Ghz (Folding SMP Linux)
Running Fedora 15 Linux (GNOME 3)
Dual Dell 2407WFP
AOA Team fah

Drivers, Games, Demos, Mods and Overclocking Tools At AOAFiles
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 6th March, 2006, 01:19 AM
Favu's Avatar
AOA's resident barman
 
Join Date: October 2005
Location: /Wales/Abergavenny
Posts: 4,004
Send a message via ICQ to Favu Send a message via AIM to Favu Send a message via MSN to Favu

Quote:
Originally Posted by dsio
Its very good.
But not free
__________________
AOA Team fah
 

Custom 8-bit Sharp Z80 @ 4.194304 MHz
Reflective LCD @ 160 × 144
8 kByte S-RAM






Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 6th March, 2006, 02:08 AM
whatever's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: January 2002
Location: moon
Posts: 1,132

thanks dsio.. Looks like i'm gonna have to go with the nVidia GF card.. Either the 6800series or 7800series.. I'm still using my PentiumM Dothan system and is on an AGP platform.. ermm.. I wonder how well the 7800GS stacks upto the 7800GT...
__________________
sig
HTPC
Conroe E6600 + stock cooler @ 3.2ghz
ATi X1950XTX 512 CrossFire
Triple WD Raptor 10k HDDs@ raid 0
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PHD7UY
50" Panasonic Plasma TH50PH9UK
BetterCable SilverSerpent SVGA & DVI-D
Sony BWU-100A Blu-Ray PC Drive

p4 - superPi - 31 sec.
pM - superPi - 28 sec.
conroe - superPi - 14 sec.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 6th March, 2006, 04:00 AM
dsio's Avatar
Steve Jobs
 
Join Date: October 2002
Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Posts: 8,037

Dothan = Love

Get the 6800GS IMO. Just as good as hte 7800GS, but cheaper. And it has unlocking potential.
__________________
Notebook: Apple Macbook Pro 13" i7 2.7Ghz (3.4Ghz max) 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz (Mac OSX 10.6.7)
Desktop: ASUS Rampage Formula X48
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (Yorkfield) @ 3.60Ghz (Folding SMP Linux)
Running Fedora 15 Linux (GNOME 3)
Dual Dell 2407WFP
AOA Team fah

Drivers, Games, Demos, Mods and Overclocking Tools At AOAFiles
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cheap video card with Video Out raphael2040 Graphics and Sound cards; Speakers and other Peripherals 14 17th December, 2006 10:42 PM
im looking for a new video card Ranger56 Graphics and Sound cards; Speakers and other Peripherals 42 14th July, 2005 02:38 AM
ATI/Nvidia multi-video processing!!!!1 AGP card-1 PCI-e card (ATI ONLY) cadaveca Graphics and Sound cards; Speakers and other Peripherals 2 20th May, 2005 03:15 PM
Video card? cloasters Digital Image, Photo, Video and Audio Editing. 3 2nd March, 2003 12:02 AM
Should I get a new video card? watsaru Graphics and Sound cards; Speakers and other Peripherals 22 12th September, 2002 04:19 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 12:58 PM.


Copyright ©2001 - 2010, AOA Forums
Don't Click Here Don't Click Here Either

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0