not to start a flame war (really!), but I've got a fanless nvidia 9600ish card dual dvi out driving two large LCDs. However, a particular known bug in that series card is that it doesn't/won't power down the monitors, even if you power off the machine. My older 6800GT did so just fine. It's a slightly mentioned issues in numerous linux forums. Main PLUS is that nvidia's twinview has served me well for 7 years or so, no major stumbles. That has been the key to my sticking with nvidia for a long time.
I'm thinking of updating the card, $100-150USD range. I'm not stuck with nvidia, except until the just announced "high priced" cards, current mid class nvidia cards consume MUCH more power than comparable ATI cards (and require fans, and produce more noise). Anyone HAPPY using a dual monitor setup with something like the AMD's Radeon HD 6770/6850/7750 or similar?
Something perhaps via the guide at tomshardware in the price range mentioned. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-3.html
My 99% use of the desktop is web browsing, email, doc editing and the like. No serious 3D games (a few currently well handled by the 9600GT, one via wine, but nothing my old 6800GT could not handle easily as well). Primary requirements, "excellent" dual monitor use (dual dvi or hdmi outputs), LOW power, and happy linux drivers from the vendor.
Current desktop is a 2.8Ghz (OC'd to 3.5Ghz; very stable, zero issues with performance or heat) phenom X4 8Gigs ram, 4 quiet/low power HD's (and an SSD for boot drive). a 350W 85% efficient power supply, and it's all very very quiet. Machine usually runs (or sleeps) weeks at a time until new kernel needs a reboot or an old case fan needs replacing:-)
Reason for a new video card? Summer has arrived, and I'd rather the monitors go into powersave properly, while increasing video performance just a bit (i.e. more hardware GPU video decode options, etc).
Any suggestions welcome!