Here are a couple of system utilities that may help you to squeeze maximum performance out of your hardware (to speed up Revit, of course). Actually, my FX580 was struggling a bit with Showcase, so I wanted to overclock it a bit to make the augmented reality plugin work a bit more smoothly…
GPU-Z is a handy information tool for your video card. If you are overclocking, it will tell you the current clock speed, as well as the default. It will also tell you the driver and Forceware version that you are running, as well as additional advanced performance information.
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.