I'm about to upgrade my monitor to the Monoprice 27" CrystalPro (same LG panel as Apple's cinema display, just $600 less), and am wondering if I need to upgrade the video card as well, or if I'll see any difference.
The current card is an ATI FirePro V3700. 256MB of memory. It supports 10-bit per channel color, at resolutions up to 2560x1600.
The monitor is 10-bit color at 2560x1440.
I use Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 4.5 for photo editing large files (26 MB, 6000x4000 pixels).
The processor is an AMD Phenom II X4 965 at 3.4 GHz and I have 8 GB of RAM installed.
The motherboard only has PCI-E 2.0 expansion slots, so that may limit the upgrade path to the point that it's not worthwhile.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Does that card really only have 256Mb of VRAM? It looks like the card will support the display, but there are Photoshop features that I believe do not work with less than 1Gb of video RAM.
[EDIT] Actually, I am not sure how true my statement is with CS5
My system meets the requirements for CS5, though it's no powerhouse. That's fine, as I'm really just doing minor retouching of photos and prefer to do most of the work in composing with the camera. I'm almost never using any of the more complex filters or 3D features.
Just trying to figure out if investing in a much more powerful video card is going to give me a noticeable performance increase. Is it going to load images and refresh changes better?