Solved Best graphics card with 30 bit output for photo editing

June 28, 2012 at 18:27:49
Specs: Windows 7
Looking for a graphics card with 30 bit output for CS6.(Have a 30 bit monitor) Assume I need a Firepro or Quadro. What do you recommend? No gaming, just photo processing.

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June 30, 2012 at 06:49:21
At least one "hit" I looked said the Radeon 4800 series supports 30 bit output.

If that's applicable to your case, that's a good series for gaming as well as a good series for your uses.

Here's a comparisin of benhcmarks
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/h...

Quadro 600 - 708

Radeon 4850 - 1.332
..........

Quadro 600

300 watt PS capacity or higher

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPo...

$150

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...

$147
.........

Visiontek Radeon 4850

450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...

$216 and up new; $64 and up used

http://www.nextag.com/VisionTek-Rad...

New - $134, $223
.......

Video Cards for After Effects CS6
http://www.studio1productions.com/A...

Nvidia video cards only



#1
June 29, 2012 at 13:54:57
There's no such thing as a 30 bit video output as far as I know - 32 bit , yes

All modern video cards and displays support a 32 bit output.

If you're using a high end photo processing program, it may place more of a load on the video adapter than a high end game would.

Go here:
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/

Look at the benchmarks for the video cards.
The approximate prices are often shown on the same line.
Buy one with the highest benchmark you're willing to spend the stated money for.

When you search for a video card with a particular video chipset, there may be cards that are on sale or that have a mail-in rebate for a limited time.


But - keep this in mind

- if you have a small form factor computer, you need to buy a video card that has the low profile bracket(s), or that has both the regular bracket (taller) and the low profile bracket(s) (shorter) included with it.

- you may need to upgrade your power supply, or limit yourself to cards that will be okay with your existing power supply capacity....

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity, OR, if the max total amperage or watts at +12 v is stated, go by that instead (max watts at +12 v divided by 12 = the max amperage at 12 v).


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#2
June 29, 2012 at 16:02:27
Thanks for the reply. Most monitors and most video cards these days are 24 bit, 8 bits for each of the 3 color channels, RGB. 30 bit cards and monitors output 10 bits per channel for 30 bit color depth. Certain Eizo, NEC and other top end monitors display 30 bit color with the right graphics card that outputs 30 bit color. It seems most 30 bit graphics cards are aimed at the gaming or CAD segments. My question is are there any 30 bit cards that work better with photoshop.

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#3
June 29, 2012 at 18:31:14
I have no idea where you got those figures from.

You can select 32 bit color in Windows when you have a modern video adapter,
E.g. in Display Settings in Vista and Windows 7, or in Display Properties - Settings in Win 95 to XP.
and as far as I know any modern monitor can display all of those colors.

A program may have lower limitations however

I haven't seen a video adapter that has 24 bit color to select in Windows since the early Intel 8xx onboard video adapters and previous.

The only advice I have to give is to buy a video card that has the best benchmark for what you're willing to spend, taking into consideration whether or not you're willing to upgrade the power supply capacity too, if you need to (many brand name computers have a minimal power supply capacity).


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#4
June 29, 2012 at 19:24:00
This will explain what I'm talking about.
http://www.amd.com/pl/Documents/10-...

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#5
June 29, 2012 at 22:36:12
Okay, I'll take a look at that.

Search the web for "30 bit" video cards
or
"10 bits" per color video cards
or similar.

E.g.

CS6 and 30 bit Display - which video cards ?
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1007...

Cards with 30 bit colors
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/2...

Color depth
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_...

Video cards with 10 bits per one color (30-bit color RGB), started coming into the market in the late 1990s.

The Difference Between Desktop & Workstation Video Cards
http://www.ehow.com/about_6610398_d...


Many workstation graphics cards are capable of processing 30-bit color depth.

Although most desktop cards claim to support 32-bit color depth this is actually a misleading designation that includes non-color depth bits.
...........

Then when you've made note of some video cards, look up their benchmarks - the higher, the better


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#6
June 30, 2012 at 04:49:15
Thanks again for your input. I was considering the Quadro 600, and the link to the adobe forum confirms that that might be the right choice. At least it's somewhat affordable compared to other choices.

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#7
June 30, 2012 at 06:49:21
✔ Best Answer
At least one "hit" I looked said the Radeon 4800 series supports 30 bit output.

If that's applicable to your case, that's a good series for gaming as well as a good series for your uses.

Here's a comparisin of benhcmarks
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/h...

Quadro 600 - 708

Radeon 4850 - 1.332
..........

Quadro 600

300 watt PS capacity or higher

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-DisplayPo...

$150

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...

$147
.........

Visiontek Radeon 4850

450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-list...

$216 and up new; $64 and up used

http://www.nextag.com/VisionTek-Rad...

New - $134, $223
.......

Video Cards for After Effects CS6
http://www.studio1productions.com/A...

Nvidia video cards only


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