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I need a suggestion along with a place to purchase a Top Line AGP 8x Dual DVI Video Card that will be used for 3D rendering.  PCI-Express and PCI-X slots are not available.  Have a Matrox 128MB card and it is not cutting it.  
Any Suggestions?
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Little more than I was hoping to spend.  Any suggestions for the sub $1000 range?
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Not as fast, but the more affordable ATI FireGL X3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102462
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You can find several Nvidias 7600 series cards, with 256 or 512Mb of onboard memory in AGP format and dual DVI.

For example: http://www.provantage.com/xfx-pvt73audf3~7PINE07K.htm 
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Ended up getting the ATI 1600XT.  AGP 8x, 512 DDR3, Dual DVI-I.  
Found it at CompUSA of all places.

Had it and the 1650Pro in my hand.  Both 512Mb, both 8x but the 1600 had DDR3 over DDR2in the 1650.

Salesman was talking about DDR2 sharing system memory for 1/2 of its total amount and DDR3 being all on the card.  Sounded good so I dropped the extra $$ and went all out.  :)

Thanks for your help.
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Just keep in mind that the cards I mentioned are designed for CAD OpenGL rendering.  Game cards perform well in the 3D first-person applications, but should not be confused with 3D OpenGL applications.
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Callandor, even so, modern "gamer" cards also perform very well in "professional" OpenGL applications. In fact you can often tweak the drivers to install the "professional series" drivers in these cards.

(reminds me of the time you could short some pins in nvidia gpus, to it into a Quadro. :)
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Yes, the same could be done to certain Radeon cards to make them FireGL cards.  The drivers are the real optimization that makes the difference.
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