I currently have the following screen setup:
- 1 central screen, 30", 2560x1600, connected through DVI-Dual Link
- 2 side screens, each 17" 1280x1024, one DVI-Digital, one VGA
I also have 2 identical video cards:
- NVidia GeForce 9500 GT
- One is running the 30" monitor, the other one is running the 2 side monitors. Connecting the main monitor and one of the side ones to the same card was incredibly slow.
The machine is pretty powerful: Quad-Core 2.6GHz, 8Gb RAM, main disk is an SSD. The OS is Windows 2008 Server Standard 64-bit.
However, the system in general runs much slower than it should when it comes to rendering in the screen (for example, opening File Explorer takes a split second, while in my laptop it's instantaneous).
Also, there are a couple of specific things that evidently have to do with the screen that "freeze" the whole system, the mouse stops moving, the audio stutters, and it stays that way for a couple seconds until it comes back to life.
The main things that do this are: Opening videos, opening Photoshop, when someone on the other side of a Skype conversation opens their webcam, and, strangely, opening up and logging in to MSN Messenger (the latest version). The previous one didn't do it.
NOTE: I had to turn off Aero because it was impossibly slow, and also the "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" service, which I have no idea what it's supposed to do, but also made things much worse.
Now, this is REALLY bad for general day to day use. I've tried updating every single driver to the latest version, but it didn't change anything.
Moreover, what I noticed is that if I unplug the 2 side monitors, and set the main one to 1280x800, it runs ridiculously fast, and the "freezing" things don't freeze almost at all, there's a very minimal stutter. As I start moving the resolution up, things get gradually slower and the stuttering is more noticeable and prolonged, and adding the 2 side monitors make it even worse.
My question is... Is there anything I can do to improve my life here? Whose fault is this?
- Should I downgrade back to Server 2003?
- Should I downgrade to 32-bit?
- Should I get better video cards?
- Should I resign myself to the fact that having too many pixels is just slow, and wait another 5-10 years for it to get better?
If the answer is getting better video cards... Do you have some particular model to recommend. About a decade ago, I remember having a Video Card that was very crappy for 3D, but it was 3-4 times faster than all the others in 2D (Diamond S220, for the nostalgic).
Is there anything like that nowadays? I don't care about games or 3D at all (I have Aero turned off, and I'm more than willing to move back to XP/2003 if necessary), I just want ridiculously fast 2D speeds. And obviously, it should be a card that can handle 2560x1600.
EDIT: Do you guys think 2 of these should be enough? Or would I need something more powerful?
All advice will be greatly appreciated!!!