Quadro FX 1100
Posted on: 04/09/2004 05:00 AM

As noted, the card is physically superb. The layout is also well thought out with dual DVI-I connections offering a proper digital connection, for two flat panels at up to 1600x1200 or two CRT monitors, or any combination you wish. TV out is omitted, but that's not a feature I'd imagine many professional users would want or miss. Onboard support for 3D shutter glasses is present instead, and while I don't think this is a commonly used feature, I'd say it's more likely to see use than TV out would be. The GPU is cooled by a very sensible single slot solution. It is slightly louder at idle than some of the other thermally controlled heatsink/fan solutions available, but it is also not a variable speed fan. It's not noisy in either case, which seems a very sensible design. I can't imagine a good workstation design where the audible output of the Quadro FX would have any serious impact; it's quieter than most of the other heatsinks I have here.

The QuadroFX has no ramsinks, and they don't appear to be necessary. Even under full load, the ram never seemed to get more than a few degrees above case ambient. This removes a certain amount of weight from the card's design, which probably benefits the card and the AGP slot's expected lifetime.

A single 4 pin power connector supplies any additional power the card may require. This seems to be a more common feature on current graphics cards than ever before. This seems to be a two-edged sword: you need to have a power connector available for the card, but the card is not overly reliant upon large quantities of clean power from the AGP slot itself. I don't believe PCI Express's power supply circuitry is much greater than AGP 3.0's, so I'd guess the external power connection is here to stay.

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