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What to upgrade to from a Matrox Parhelia 256mb ?? (and sticking with CRT monitors)

Discussion in 'Matrox' started by Synapse Syndrome, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. I've recently upgraded to ArchiCAD 10 and Autodesk ViZ 2007, and my computer
    is choking on complex models again. It's about time I got a new graphics
    card as well as a new computer. The problem is that I have been using
    Matrox cards for years and I don't know what to replace my ancient AGP
    Parhelia with as Matrox don't have any powerful PCIe cards.

    I am sticking to my Iiyama CRT monitors as large LCD screens of similar
    picture quality would cost a fortune and they can't go up to the high
    resolutions that these can.

    The thing is that the Parhelia has particularly good colour and digital
    analogue conversion, so I don't want to be disappointed with my new graphics
    card. I am not sure a modern consumer GeForce or Radeon card will be the
    same in this respect.

    The card doesn't have to have extremely high frame rates obviously, but has
    to have decent OpenGL performance. I also would prefer it to be silent, or
    at least quiet. I have fitted a Zalman ZM80C-HP to slience the Parhelia.
    Would I have to get something similar for the next card?

    Software used:
    ArchiCAD 10
    Autodesk ViZ 2007 (essentially the same as 3ds max)
    Sketchup (not sure if this uses OpenGL)
    as well as Photoshop, Piranesi, etc

    So I am thinking of:
    a Radeon or Geforce card (really don't know how to make sure it has a good
    or a workstation quality card from eBay -
    Quadro, 3Dlabs VP series, FireGL

    Any suggestions? I don't want to spend much more than £200 ($370) including
    quiet/silent cooling if needed. I'd like to spend less than that if
    possible as I don't need loads of raw power.

    Synapse Syndrome, Jul 26, 2006
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  2. Synapse Syndrome

    Fid Guest

    If you don't get any answers here, you could try one of the CAD or AutoCAD
    Fid, Jul 26, 2006
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  3. Thanks, but I have. If you check the headers you'll see that I have asked
    most of usenet.

    Synapse Syndrome, Jul 26, 2006
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    Fid Guest

    Mea culpa. ;-)

    Have you tried comp.cad.solidworks? A quick check with GrabIt shows that
    group has almost 3 times the messages of the busiest autocad group.
    Fid, Jul 26, 2006
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    Chris Chan Guest

    Hi Synapse,

    have you had a look on the graphisoft.com website to check out the
    compatability tests for various cards?

    It doesn't have every card - but it might be useful... here is the link:


    Hope this helps,

    Chris Chan, Jul 31, 2006
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