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Matrox Triplehead2Go

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rupbert 12th April 2006, 15:23 Quote
Need!
Drexial 12th April 2006, 15:53 Quote
doesnt ATi in crossfire suport using the other DVI connections for multiple displays like this?
LogicalJester 12th April 2006, 16:13 Quote
OK, perhaps you could get one of these in for review as a comparison?

http://216.127.51.88/monitors/athens/features/index.htm

Then when you are done, they probably won't want it back, so you could just pop it in the post to me?
Cobalt 12th April 2006, 16:22 Quote
@ Logical: Those monitors don't exist. the company went bust although for some reason they kept their site running.

If SLI can already support three monitors though DVI then what is the actual benefit of this? Especially if it doesn't work with xfire. The only use I can see is for professionals who want larger desktop space (eg. for image editing) when they only have one gfx card. If I ever get xfire or SLI I'm just likly to play in the three monitors to the gfx cards directly.
fantastic dan 12th April 2006, 16:31 Quote
Although it's an option i can't see how this product is designed for it. Surely it's purpose is for people that carry a laptop about but want multiple monitors for work.
BioSniper 12th April 2006, 16:31 Quote
being super picky here, is it me or do the oblivion gates in your screens have some seriously weird diagonal artifacting?
Lovah 12th April 2006, 17:27 Quote
Very nice, just like the two monitor option. Too bad that it, just like the two monitor option, only supports identical monitors (resolution wise). So I can't use my old 17" LCD with my new 20" LCD..

L
Firehed 12th April 2006, 18:37 Quote
I'll assume that frame from Oblivion is the only one produced in a minute, at that resolution.

As to the SLi comment towards the end - have nVidia finally changed their drivers so you can properly mix SLi and multiple displays? Last I knew, you still had to software-disable SLi mode to have more than one display socket put out anything, and I'd assumed there'd have been a decent commotion if that was finally fixed.

Still, very cool idea, but I'll stick with my 2405fpw/2005fpw combo. It's nice to have the game running on the big screen with all my perfmons and FAQs open on the other :D I pwn alt-tab. I definately need a 7900gt now seeing how most games hold up in 1920x1200 - even CSS/HL2 can get a bit choppy from time to time, and I'm barely able to squeeze 1680x1050 out of my 6800gt in Oblivion with almost all the eye candy turned off.

I'm waiting for the 6x24" model. 360-degree FOV completely surrounding your head. Could make for a pretty awkward desk.
korhojoa 12th April 2006, 18:48 Quote
I have the best idea ever.

Use three displays. Connect them up via vga to the triplehead 2 go, and then connect the dvi inputs to the regular inputs. Use as normal displays thru dvi when working with windows, and switch over to the vga triplehead when gaming. win-win!
yahooadam 12th April 2006, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
As to the SLi comment towards the end - have nVidia finally changed their drivers so you can properly mix SLi and multiple displays? Last I knew, you still had to software-disable SLi mode to have more than one display socket put out anything, and I'd assumed there'd have been a decent commotion if that was finally fixed.
Yeh i was going to say, as far as i know SLI doesnt support more then a single moniter

you have to disable SLI (reverting to multiple GFX cards) to get up to 4 displays
Tim S 12th April 2006, 19:33 Quote
The three screens equate to one display (as far as the NVIDIA driver is concerned) with the Triplehead2Go ;)
Lionheart 12th April 2006, 19:45 Quote
So if im running 2 7900GTX in SLI with 3 monitors do i even need to buy that or can the same thing be done thorugh SLI?
sl1xx 12th April 2006, 19:50 Quote
is this only recommended with the nvidia geforce 7 series ?
Kameleon 12th April 2006, 20:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cobalt
If SLI can already support three monitors though DVI then what is the actual benefit of this? Especially if it doesn't work with xfire. The only use I can see is for professionals who want larger desktop space (eg. for image editing) when they only have one gfx card. If I ever get xfire or SLI I'm just likly to play in the three monitors to the gfx cards directly.

This is my thinking. SLI = lots of monitors anyway, what's the point of this? If it had come out when SLI was still limited to 1 monitor (whatever happened with that, anyway?) it would have sold like hotcakes, though.
yahooadam 12th April 2006, 20:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lionheart
So if im running 2 7900GTX in SLI with 3 monitors do i even need to buy that or can the same thing be done thorugh SLI?
as far as i know you cannot run 3 moniters with your GFX cards in SLI mode

Edit
the above post would seem to prove me wrong, hiowever, have they fixed the problem ??
Kameleon 12th April 2006, 20:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by yahooadam
the above post would seem to prove me wrong, hiowever, have they fixed the problem ??

I didn't know they had, but then I've been out of the ultra-high end GFX scene for a few months now and might've missed it. The article would seem to suggest it's been fixed, though...

"If you're running SLI in your machine, you can already connect up three monitors digitally and arrange them using the NVIDIA desktop tool, so you're going to be getting better image quality without having to stump up for an extra box."
Lionheart 12th April 2006, 20:10 Quote
Thats what i thought.
yahooadam 12th April 2006, 20:13 Quote
well Bit-tech have the SLI 7900's and 3 screens

perhaps they could answer this question ....
DeX 12th April 2006, 20:21 Quote
Isn't it slightly annoying having to look at you health all the way in the bottom-left corner of the left screen and your ammo all the way in the bottom-right corner of the right screen?

I think you should have some actual 'value' points to your review rather than just 'ooh that looks nice' points. Let's have some average number of kills in CSS with and without 3 screens. :p
Kameleon 12th April 2006, 20:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
well Bit-tech have the SLI 7900's and 3 screens

perhaps they could answer this question ....

Just asked.

Apparently, SLI is still limited to one monitor, although you can turn off SLI in Windows without rebooting and then run multi-monitor setups. Which is why the review says this is only really useful for gamers - in Windows you don't need the power of two high-end cards to run, so you can turn SLI off and have as many monitors as you want (well, 4 or 2 dual-link DVI).

So the Matrox seems like the only way to get multi-monitor gaming using the full graphical power of SLI, making it a pretty interesting option. Or can you turn SLI off and run 2 DVI monitors off each card ingame, giving you the option of 6400x1200? I wonder what the FPS numbers would look like on doing that, if it's even possible?

EDIT - Apparently it's not, what a shame :|
Marquee 12th April 2006, 22:10 Quote
They need come out with LCD screens with thiner bezel before I think of using multi-moniter for gaming. using that much screens for gaming is not worth it. And who has a video card that can push out 3800x1200 at 100FPS. THat mad large res. To much. The next step in gaming is making really and making you feel it. Like a speeaker under you chair.
speedfreek 12th April 2006, 22:11 Quote
I always knew that the wider the screen the more killing power you have.
Cobalt 12th April 2006, 22:20 Quote
What happens with xfire and multi-monitors? I assume you can only use the one output from the master card but what about with say a X1600? I think I heard the X1800GTO can also work w/o a master card but I could be wrong.
yahooadam 12th April 2006, 22:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marquee
They need come out with LCD screens with thiner bezel before I think of using multi-moniter for gaming. using that much screens for gaming is not worth it. And who has a video card that can push out 3800x1200 at 100FPS. THat mad large res. To much. The next step in gaming is making really and making you feel it. Like a speeaker under you chair.
there used to be screens with ultra thin bezels

but nowadays most screens have bezels around that size

then again u payed a premium and then some for it
keir 13th April 2006, 09:35 Quote
I will lick face for that
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