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Video card recommendations for 46" conference room screen

Hi,
we're having some conference rooms refitted, and have 2 models of screens going into them.

They're Samsung M87 series screens - spec here:
http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/television/tftlcd/le37m87bdxxeu.asp?page=Specifications
running at a native resolution of 1920*1080

One room will have the 46" model, and another will have the 37" one.

There will be a PC in each room, for training/demo/presentation uses.  We will also run some TV feeds to these screens, but a separate company will supply this, direct to the screen itself - no need for a tuner in each pc.

So, has anyone got any recommendations for a video card to run at these high resolutions?  No need for chucking 3d about though...

Model of PC can vary, so an AGP solution would be best, but if PCI Express is essential, we can get these too.  Can even do PCI if anyone feels Old Skool...!

Thanks, Danny.
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broomley72Commented:
This is a can of worms. Here is my preference Ati and matrox are by far the better picture quality to nvidia or onboard video. I used to support a cad team and they insisted on ATI for presentations.
As for the type of connection then its down to the connection type thats in the PC. If these are new PC's then it will more than likely be PCI express. If you do not  need 3d then the lower end of the range will do.
Most video cards come with two outputs so you could use dual scrren if you needed it. Nvidia cards are good for games but not realy up to presentations. I would go for Ati 2400 xt  or ATI 2600 xt.

Hope this helps
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Danny ChildIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
thanks for the info, but confused by your "can of worms" comment?  

I've generally a preference for Nvidia, just as the drivers are nicer to use.  ATI and Matrox don't seem to give as much focus on the user-related features such as cloning, spanning, snapping dialog boxes to one screen or another, etc.  But, quality is what I'm after.

Don't need the dual screen.  I'll check the spec on the cards that you suggest.  Anyone else got any suggestions?
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broomley72Commented:
I said that because some people love Nvidia and the rest usualy love ATi. Both are great. In my opinoin nvidia is great for games but lacks the sharpness of picture that ATi's produce. If your using for the purpose of presentation then ATi is the way to go. Ati Catalst drivers are much much better than they used to be (you need to download  the driver and the control center to get all the features).
I totaly agree with your comment about Nvidia support.

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MereteCommented:
I prefer nvidia better card than ATI proven peformance when bench tested. run better.
My choice
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1794


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MereteCommented:
This the card Ihave installed currently in my system and should suit what your doing perfectly.
The Gigabyte GV-NX66T128D is only compatible with PCI Express x16 slots, so those of you with AGP-based systems will have to get your fix elsewhere.
look in your local store country for prices
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1701

Please browse
http://www.pcstats.com/articlesearch.cfm?SearchValue=&Search=Search&Category=171&CategorySearch=Get+Listing&sort=date

cheers
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garycaseCommented:
For the HDTV displays the GeForce 7300 series is excellent ==> as you've noted, the Forceware drivers make it VERY simple to adjust the display to fit exactly, and the quality is very good [I do agree ATI is a bit better for video -- but the nVidia is nevertheless excellent].

The 8xxx series nVidia cards have some driver issues with compensating for overscan on HDTV's, so I wouldn't recommend those (yet).   I'm sure these issues will eventually be resolved; but the 7300/7600 cards are very good, so I'd just go with one of those.

EVGA makes an excellent 7300 AGP card ==> http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=205131758&SearchEngine=PriceGrabber&SearchTerm=205131758&Type=PE&Category=Comp&dcaid=15890
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garycaseCommented:
... by the way, I have that exact EVGA card driving a 60" HDTV in one of my HTPCs  :-)
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Danny ChildIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Merete - can't find your card in stock

GaryCase - having trouble finding the EVGA 7300 in stock in the UK, but there's a similar one here:
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=470934&source=shopping
 - looks quite tempting, and I like the passive cooling as these will be in conference rooms.

Ditto for the cooling on this 7600
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=49G1&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=geforce+7600&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=4294963789
 - and this is AGP 8x.

Just checking some specs on the PCs I have available (old Dell Optiplex 270's, 280's and some new 745's - and a few HP 7600's as well)
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garycaseCommented:
Both of those look excellent ==> I certainly agree the passive cooling is a good idea.  In fact, I have a fanless EVGA 7600 in my other HTPC (this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130029 ) and plan to use another fanless card (probably the same EVGA card) in my next one.
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Danny ChildIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Broomley72 - guess this is a good match with your suggestion:
http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4MW2&SearchType=1&SearchTerms=ati+2400&PageMode=3&SearchKey=All&SearchMode=All&NavigationKey=4294963789.

Think I'm quite tempted by Gary's 7300/7600 solution, as the cards are quite recent, and should give a few years service.  

Maybe I'll go mental and buy one of each, and see how they do!  Got 5 rooms to set up, 3 with the smaller screen, and 2 with the bigger.
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garycaseCommented:
The ATI 2400 series has NOT been well received by the AVSForums ==> it simply doesn't have enough "oomph" for HDTV.   If you want to try an ATI card, I'd go with a 2600 series card.

I've got a 2600XT that's an excellent card ==> use it on one of my desktops; but have tried it on my HDTVs and it works very well there as well.   Mine's not fanless;  but you can get a nice fanless 2600 [you can't buy from Newegg, but just to show you the card:  http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814127298 ]
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garycaseCommented:
... I will say that the nVidia drivers are much more HDTV-friendly than ATI's
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Danny ChildIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the sustained and insightful info, think I'll go for the 7300 PCI-e card.  Really appreciate Garycase's and Merete's personal experiences, and Broomley's info too.
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Danny ChildIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Will post back here after I install it, think you all deserve that much.
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garycaseCommented:
Good idea => it's always nice to get feedback :-)
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MereteCommented:
Good choice DanCh99  look forward to the results.
Thank you
Merete
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