By Nostradamus ยท 4 replies
May 30, 2005
  1. I'm assembling a computer that is going to use a dual monitor setup, and since I can't afford two 19" LCD monitors, I was going to use two CRT monitors. I'm probably going with the XFX GeForce 6600 GT, which has dual DVI out. If I'm right (and tell me if I'm wrong), then there's no such thing as a CRT with DVI, which leads me to the use of a adaptors (http://www.weirdstuff.com/cgi-bin/item/12111). Since I'm running some demanding software, I can't afford too much stress on something I could avoid.
    My first question is this: will there be any performance problems using an adaptor as such?
    My next question is this: is there a better way to go about this? (split a VGA maybe?)
    A final question (moreso for curiosity's sake than anything else) is this: if I use one VGA and one DVI, will the two identical monitors display differently?
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I don't think there are performance problems using an adapter. I've used one for a little while and didn't notice a difference.

    I think it'd be good to use both dvi ports with the adapters.

    The dvi monitor may be slightly better picture, but people say it's not too noticeable(i've never seen them side by side, so I cant say from experience.)

    Out of curiosity, why the xfx 6600gt?

    It may include 2 adapters already, or 1, or none, depends on what the mfg decided.
  3. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Well, my initial though is "Oh, wait...XFX GeForce 6600 GT? How'd the GT get in there." But if the GT is much better than the non-GT, I'd go for that.
    Aside from that, I was searching for something with 256 MB DDR (of course...haha) and something with dual DVI ports. Reading around, I saw a lot of complaints about 6800s, and I don't think a 6800 is in the budget anyway. But I'm wide open to suggestion. If there's a better brand or something, I'm all ears (err...eyes, it seems.)
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I guess the xfx is one of the few(if only) 6600gt with dual dvi. I just have heard that xfx 6600gts have issues, but I haven't had experience with them.
    Here, check google.

    I think leadtek, evga, asus, msi, bfg, etc are good.

    256mb is better for some things (like doom3), but I'm not sure if most games benefit much from 256mb.

    I think the leadtek 6600gt agp(you are looking at agp right?)128mb is a great deal now, but if you're set on 256mb and dual dvi, then xfx is the only choice.

    If you want dual dvi, but don't need 256mb, the bfg is nice.
    Plus it's overclocked(runs faster than other 6600gts) from the factory.
  5. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Alright, the computer is actually being built for sound, but I don't want it to expire in the next year. Since ProTools takes up so much system memory (I plan for 2 GB of it anyway) I don't want the graphics card to steal any of it. It's probably true that I don't need 256, though. I'll probably not use the Leadtek, just so I have dual DVI. I'll do some more homework and see what the difference would be between the BFG and the XFX.

    Thanks, by the way.
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