PCI Express is faster, and slightly more expensive than PCI.
There are different levels of PCI Express, referred to as x1(by 1), x4(by 4), x8(by 8) and x16(by 16).
PCI Express slots are usually black, PCI slots are usually white and if you have an older system, AGP slots are usually brown in color. Note that some motherboards may vary in color.
PCI Express 16x is the fastest technology.
Choose PCI Express over AGP for speed if you have the option.
Choose AGP or PCI Express over Standard PCI if you have the option.
Standard PCI is the slowest option. It will work, but you will not have the best performance.
See picture below to determine which slot(s) you have available on your motherboard keeping in mind that your existing video card is normally removed so that slot may be available, too, and you may have more than one of each. To do this you will have to pop the cover off of your PC to get a look at your motherboard.
We recommend using a Single PCI Express or AGP video card with two video outputs over using two video cards with single outputs. This makes setup much easier.
The slots that you have available will determine which video card(s) you can use.
All graphics cards must support DirectX in order to use all of the functions of EasyWorship.
Download the latest versions of drivers for any new hardware device from the manufacturer's website after you install it.
Many new computers will come with a less powerful graphics card already installed. In some cases, these cards do not handle our multimedia requirements well. Many times they only have the ability to display output on one monitor.
We recommend nVidia graphics cards. They have proven to be the least problematic for EasyWorship customers and they provide the best performance for what we do.
Many of the ATI, Via S3 and SIS cards work. However, when trying to use the DVD editor, some of them have caused an Active Movie window to appear. This renders the DVD editor unusable. See: ActiveMovie Window Over DVD Editor for more info.
When shopping for a graphics card, avoid nVidia GeForce Cards with a model number ending in LE or Turbo Cache.
Cards with LE in the name are scaled down versions of a higher end graphics card, and may not perform well.
Turbo Cache is a new feature on nVidia video cards, that allows the video card to share the system memory. These types of cards don't perform as well. Many of these cards do not allow EasyWorship enough memory to enable DirectX support.
ATI has a feature like the Turbo Cache feature on the nVidia cards. It is called Hyper-memory. You may see the same results with these cards.
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