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What is the best video card to use with watch out ?


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Hi!

 

I think the best card is the one that best suites both the task and the budget :)

 

We are using ATI HD79xx with 4 Display ports, 1 DVI and 1 DualLink DVI. With the proper hardware configuration (proposed in another topic) we can feed up to 5 displays from 1 PC

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"I think the best card is the one that best suites both the task and the budget  :)"

 

I like that one!  ;)

 

Here is where we normally put more info and examples of setups and how-to-tweak etc:

 

http://forum.dataton.com/topic/734-watchout-5-technical-notes/

 

 

There are of course always new products, that can be used, too. Either AMD (up to 6 outputs) or NVidia (up to 4 outputs) 

 

For example, the AMD HD7xxx-series is slowly being replaced by AMD R9-series (290X/290, 280X and 270X/270)

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/R9/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-r9-series.aspx#1

 

All graphic card manufacturers will of course update their line-up accordingly.

One example is ASUS and their line of consumer 6 output cards:

 

Standard - http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/R9280XDC23GD5V2

Overclock -http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/R9280XDC2T3GD5V2/

 

Gaming (ROG)

Standard - http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/MATRIXR9280X3GD5/

Overclock -http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/MATRIXR9280XP3GD5/

 

I doubt overclocking makes any difference for WATCHOUT use, though.

 

/jonas

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A guy by the name of Geogen sometimes posts here and way back on 02/08/13, he posted his system, that I really liked back then, about 9 months ago, which in "computer equipment time" equates to about 9 years ago, since so much stuff, especially graphics cards and processors, are so frequenly updated and improved.  But I think he said his rigs ran 6 1080p videos simultaneously, which I thought was fantastic.  Nowadays though, should you venture into 2K and 4K videos, I'm not so sure what the result would be, which of course, is why NNinja said, "I think the best card is the one that best suites both the task and the budget."

 

Still, it might be useful to look at what Geogen and his highly esteemed company was using then, lo those many moons ago, even though some of the components may no longer be available.  I know I would be quite happy to own such a rig today!  (I added a few prices that I found on Newegg back then)
 

MB: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ($230.00 at Newegg)
Memory: kingston hyperX blue 1600 DDR-III DIMM 16gb ($115.00 at Newegg)
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K ($570.00 at Newegg)
Proc cooler: Corsair H100  ($110.00 at Newegg)
Graphics: MSI ATI 7970, 3GB, GDDR5, 384bits LIGHTNING (2 DVI - 4 miniDP)
Case: Define R4 USB3.0 Black Pearl
PSU: SeaSonic P-860 860W Active PFC (Modular) PLATINUM
Hard drives: 2x SSD 120Gb SATA 6Gb/s OCZ Vertex 3
Capture: decklink duo + DVI extender, DATAPATH VisionRGB-X2, Avermedia analog
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

 

Here's the location of Geogen's original post:

http://forum.dataton.com/topic/832-7-videos-on-one-hd-display-freeze/

 

Lloyd

 

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It belongs to AMD:s professional series, FirePro.

A very good, albeit expensive, 6-output card, with 6 MiniDisplayPort outputs

Supports AMD FirePro S400 sync card for frame-locking of outputs.

 

Mentioned here:

http://forum.dataton.com/topic/699-recommended-display-cards-updated/?do=findComment&comment=2536

 

/jonas

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Yikes!  $3,400.00 for that AMD FirePro™ W9000!  Do any Watchout users actually use those?

And I thought $500.00 was a lot to pay for a card.  Speaking of which, has anyone found any of the new AMD R9 series, that Jonas speak of above, with 6 outputs?

 

Finally, we are about to build new display computers, hoping to catch some deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday here in the USA.  So how can I put this?  There wouldn't be any reason NOT to build now, would there? ...........he said with an eye to the future.  Wink, wink.

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Yikes!  $3,400.00 for that AMD FirePro™ W9000!  Do any Watchout users actually use those?

 

Oh yes.

They are not for everyone, though.

Support frame-locking of outputs, through their S400 sync card, among other things.

 

 

And I thought $500.00 was a lot to pay for a card.  Speaking of which, has anyone found any of the new AMD R9 series, that Jonas speak of above, with 6 outputs?

 

Maybe here? And I said slowly being replaced...  ;)

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Radeon-4DisplayPort-PCI-Express-R9280X-DC2T-3GD5-V2/dp/B00FT2KSVK/

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-R9280X-DC2T-3GD5-V2-Radeon-4DisplayPort-PCI-Express/dp/B00G64H7P0/

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-MATRIX-R9280X-P-3GD5-Graphics-Cards/dp/B00FW47Y5I/

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121805

 

 

 

Finally, we are about to build new display computers, hoping to catch some deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday here in the USA.  So how can I put this?  There wouldn't be any reason NOT to build now, would there? ...........he said with an eye to the future.  Wink, wink.

 

No, no significant reason that I know of.

 

/jonas

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There wouldn't be any reason NOT to build now, would there?

AMD R9 280X performance is comparable with the HD7970.

I think it will not be too Long til there is a R9 290X with 4 x miniDP and 2 DVI like MSI Lighning 7970, or with 4 DP and two DVI like an Asus Matrix 280X

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R9 290X is equal to HD7990

Sorry, not really, the 7990 is a two GPU-Card while the R9 290x only has one GPU.(As far as I know). 

Believing the Benchmarks (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-review-benchmark,3659.html)

the 290x is more comparable with Nvidia Titan, but much more cheaper.

 

It might be that it isn´t negliable for Watchout use, but even a HD7950 is a perfekt choice for Watchout Displays.

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Sorry, not really, the 7990 is a two GPU-Card while the R9 290x only has one GPU.(As far as I know). 

 

Correct.

 

Believing the Benchmarks (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-290-review-benchmark,3659.html)

the 290x is more comparable with Nvidia Titan, but much more cheaper.

 

True, but I neither will give you 6 outputs, which was my point.

 

 

It might be that it isn´t negliable for Watchout use, but even a HD7950 is a perfekt choice for Watchout Displays.

 

Same thing here, I do not say HD7950 or R9 270X/270 is bad cards for WATCHOUT use,

only that they do not give you 6 outputs, as of know.

 

"I think the best card is the one that best suites both the task and the budget :)"

 

/jonas

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I think the best card is the one that best suites both the task and the budget

Thats it!

 

btw. to get more outpouts I tested the Club3D MST Hub.

Works fine with DP 1.2. Three passive DP to DVI-Adapters kann be connected and the connected Displays appear as 3 independet screens in Windows.

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