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RE: st: Video card and Stata speed
And if money is not a constraint, given these three choices, all things being equal, I would go for ATI Radeon X1900. Fastest on-board graphic processor and biggest memory utilising PCI-Express architexture amongst the three choices. If budget is a consideration - Integrated card. Some of the nVIDIA Quadro NVS models, for the above reasons, would gives ATI Radeon X1900 a run for its money too.
I would rationalise producing lots of graphics with Stata as playing fast moving games i.e. both need fast screen refreshes and that is where aTi Radeon seems to excel (especially some of the even higher model/specs). Then again I don't know whether this would be an over the top (OTT) suggestion, fast yes, OTT possibly for Stata.
> Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 07:47:59 -0700
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: st: Video card and Stata speed
> To: email@example.com
> Stata runs faster with a fast processor but what effect does the
> video card have? In a post from 2004, Alan Riley writes "if Stata is
> producing a lot of output in the Results window, a poor video card
> ... can really bog Stata down"
> (http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-07/msg00690.html). Does
> the video card also have an effect on the time needed to draw graphs?
> I am thinking of maps produced with -tmap- from SSC, which can be
> very time-consuming, but also of the usual scatter plots or bar
> If someone buys a new computer with an Intel Core Duo processor and
> Windows XP, which video card should he or she select for the best
> performance of Stata? Assume that the choices are between these
> - Integrated card, e.g. Intel GMA 950
> - Workstation card, e.g. NVIDIA Quadro NVS or Quadro FX
> - Gaming card, e.g. ATI Radeon X1900
> Are there noticeable differences between these cards regarding the
> speed of Stata? What would be the best choice for someone who
> produces a lot of graphs with Stata?
> Friedrich Huebler
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