Luca Villa wrote:
Thank you all for the answers.
I made an 1 hour long research and found that he top-of-the-line
graphic cards commercialized for 2D work according to NVidia and ATI
would be these:
- NVidia Quadro NVS 440 PCIe (~$400 on eBay)
"high-performance 2D rendering engine"
MPEG-2 and WMV9 decode acceleration
- ATI FireMV 2400 (~$400 on eBay)
"ATI's FireMV(tm) multi-view 2D workstation acceleration cards are
designed exclusively for the financial and corporate marketplaces."
Finally, I found a very interesting 2D benchmark comparison between
these 2 cards and a $3699 priced Quadro FX 4500 X2 he
The Quadro FX 4500 X2 performed significantly better in all the 2D
(and 3D) tests.
Now I miss the final prove that I would not perceive this 2D speed
difference when I'm working with tens of standard Windows applications/
windows. For example every time I unlock Windows I currently have to
wait 10-15 seconds for all the windows and icons to be restored/
painted on the screen. My system has a Geforce 7300 card. I wonder if
the graphic card can positively influence this speed.
What the hell are you going on about? Every time you "unlock" Windows?
Are you posting via Babelfish?
If you are using a specialty application that requires a Quadro, you
should have half a clue more than you do. If you do not, you are wasting
I say spend the $3699 and have the fastest 2d-windows unlocking
experience this side of DOS.