Video card recommendation(s) for multi-head configuration

Rick C. Petty rick-freebsd at
Wed May 10 01:28:50 UTC 2006

On Tue, May 09, 2006 at 07:32:04PM -0500, Vulpes Velox wrote:
> > I'd recommend any "modern" nVidia card (that is, later than GeForce
> > FX). I have dual-head (and sometimes 3-4 head) working on almost
> > every box I manage now.  I've had good luck with both the nv and
> > nvidia drivers in dual-head mode.  Everything works well out of the
> > box.  At work, some of us have a 1920x1200 and a 1600x1200 running
> > in 32-bit color.  I've run up to 4 monitors with two cards pretty
> > successfully with Xinerama.  I won't touch a non-nVidia card
> > anymore.  That goes for windoze too..
> How is the speed when using Xinerama? Last I tried it was back on a
> old fx5200 using nVidia's drivers and it was dead slow. That was like
> year or so ago.

I've had very good luck with and without Xinerama.  Which version of the
nvidia driver were you using?  What resolutions & bit depths?  I'm assuming
you had plenyt of video memory.  The FX5200 is a low-end card, did it run
significantly faster in dual-head without Xinerama?

-- Rick C. Petty

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