Technology at Geneseo Community School District 228
This summer one of the PC labs was upgraded with new Graphics card, new 20 inch monitors and extra Ram. Recently the other PC lab has undergone the same treatment and is now running with enhanced hardware. The lab now has larger 21.5 inch monitors that are 1080p, they are powered by a ATI 5450 PCI-Express graphics cart (1GB DDR3). The price of the monitor plus the graphics card was around 140$ or under 3,000$ for the entire lab.( x 21 units = 2,940$). Performance of the machines has been greatly enhanced and now the drafting software and Adobe suite (along with OS) can tap into the GPU and run full 3d at HD resolution. These machines are used for a 3d architectural and cad style programs along with running the full CS5 Adobe suite along with other PC specific software. Considering the lab is 5 years old with no units failed and running Windows 7 at a score of 4.9, I would say this is a great value.
Geneseo Teacher, Kyle Bess, now uses the lab primarily and he and his students, installed the all of the graphics cards and new monitors, as well as reconfiguring the machines with updated drivers.
The machines have an early version of the Core 2 Duo which still provides more then enough CPU and ideally this lab can be extended for another 2-3 years. Considering the machines look to be able to run all modern 3d design software, modern OS and achieve a lifespan of 7-8 years equals a great value. The Windows Experience score is at 4.6 which considering the age of the machines is excellent. Although this metric is nowt the most thorough it is good enough as a general indicator, any score above a 4 is considered an excellent running machine.
The machines were originally purchased from IDC in Geneseo.
New 21.5 inch monitor at 1920×1080 Resolution.
New Graphics Card Ati 5450- 29$ from Newegg.