A friend of mine is a keen amateur photographer and has recently added a new 27" Dell monitor (U2711 @ 2560 x 1440) to his Dell Vostro Desktop PC (Quad core Q9400, 4Gb RAM, 128 ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro).
He's experiencing problems with the PC running very slowly (takes several seconds to move from one image to another in Lightroom 3). I haven't seen the PC yet but wonder if his graphics card isn't powerful enough?
Can anyone tell me if an ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro is good enough to run 2D only at 2560 x 1440? He won't be playing any games but does need Lightroom 3 to run smoothly.
I've found out the following on an AnandTech review:
"First, you need to have a graphics card with the ability to output 30-bit color, which typically means you need a workstation class GPU. You also need some sort of "special sauce" - specifically, you need an application that knows about deep color support. We connected the U2711 to a Dell Precision M6500 notebook (Quadro FX 3800M GPU) via DisplayPort. NVIDIA tells us that the GPU is aware of the deep color capability of the display at that point, but it requires an appropriate application before 30-bit color output would start. "
Help! If we should upgrade the graphics card which one?