My main video card is a Nvidia Quadro FX 580. However, I wanted to run more than two monitors. So I borrowed a old GeForce 7300 LE and installed it into one of the other PCI-E slots on my Gigabyte EX58-UD4 motherboard.
This is NOT an SLI rig. But I can run it in a ‘hybrid mode’ where I’m essentially getting access to 4 monitors. I try to make sure that I always run my main Revit instance on the monitor that is plugged into the ‘good’ FX 580 video card.
The main lesson here is that you need to install GeForce drivers to make this all happen properly. The Quadro drivers do not seem to work very well in this hybrid setup.
I am running 275.33 drivers, which you can download from here:
GeForce 275.33 Driver
This GeForce driver also includes cool stuff like overclocking options in the Nvidia Control Panel.
First off, if you are working with Central/Local Files and Worksharing, then I encourage you to head over to Autodesk Subscription, login and get the Worksharing Monitor.
Then, open Revit. Go to the ‘Add-Ins’ tab on the Ribbon, and under the ‘External Tools’ you will find the Worksharing Monitor.
Once you go into the Worksharing Monitor, click the ‘System Performance’ button and a handy little utility will pop up. Enjoy!
We recently invested in some new workstations for our office. After doing some research, the following specification was settled on:
Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Processor, 3.33 GHz
12GB (6 X2GB) Corsair DDR3 (1600MHZ) 9,9,9,24 Matched Triple Kit, 1.65V, TR3X6G1600C9
Quadro FX-580, PCI-E 2.0, OEM, 512Mb, GDDR3, 128-Bit
WD Caviar Black 1000GB / 1TB SATA-II, 7200RPM, 32Mb
Genuine Microsoft Windows VISTA BUSINESS 64-Bit DVD OEM SP1
I am also running dual monitors, one being a Samsung 740B 17 inch monitor, and the other a beautiful Samsung 2443BW 24 inch HD monitor.
And Revit loves it!