Which video card for a Dell Precision T7500 workstation?
Posted on 2009-05-18
Based on input I received in the CPU zone I plan to purchase a 64-bit Dell Precision T7500 Workstation. This is primarily to accommodate video (and audio) processing and working with large Excel spreadsheets. The video and audio is for videos such as narrated PowerPoint presentations or talking heads giving a talk about something. It is not fast-paced action. The spreadsheets can be 50MB files with 50,000+ rows and 40 columns. I am not a gamer.
I use a single Dell 2709W 27" digital LCD monitor. (It's excellent, although it does double duty as a space heater.) It has both DVI and DisplayPort inputs.
I am asking for your help in deciding which video card to purchase with the T7500 given the nature of my applications. Below is the list of options from dell.com including the incremental price for each. Their default is the 256MB NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 295.
Which would you recommend for my situation? Why? Thanks you!
4.0GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 5800, DUAL MON, 1DP & 2DVI [add $3,600]
1.5GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 4800, DUAL MON, 2DP & 1DVI [add $1,419]
1.0GB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 3800, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $900]
768MB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 1800, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $490]
512MB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 580, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $120]
512MB NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 420, Quad Monitor, 4DP [add $410]
512MB NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 420, Quad Monitor, 4DP, 4DVI [add $410]
256MB NVIDIA® Quadro® NVS 295, DUAL MON, 2 DP [Included in Price]
1.0GB ATI FirePro" V8700, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $1,239]
512MB ATI FirePro" V5700, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $490]
256MB ATI FirePro" V3750, DUAL MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $100]