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Zotac unveils first graphics card with DisplayPort

Zotac unveils first graphics card with DisplayPort

Zotac has today announced the first graphics card to sport DisplayPort - the new display interface standard that's set for widespread adoption during 2008.

Although we've heard about graphics cards supporting DisplayPort for a while now, we've never actually seen a product until today when Zotac announced a GeForce 8800 GT sporting a DisplayPort port.

The card is an interesting candidate, because its G92 GPU doesn’t have native support for the new display interface standard. As such, we're waiting for Zotac to come back to us with details of how it has implemented the technology.

Carsten Berger, marketing director at Zotac said “Zotac is ready to manufacture and ship DisplayPort equipped products such as those based on Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GT. We will release the DisplayPort equipped products into the channel next year when DisplayPort monitors are released and consumers are ready to embrace the new standard.

Zotac says that its DisplayPort equipped products will continue to maintain compatibility with existing DVI and VGA standards for those with displays supporting older interface standards by supplying the card with complementary DisplayPort-to-DVI and DisplayPort-to-HDMI converters.

It’s pleasing to see the new kid on the graphics block innovating, and we’re sure a lot of that is down to the manufacturing power and expertise Zotac has behind it being a PC Partner company.

We've been following DisplayPort for quite a while now, and if you're wondering what all of the fuss is about, we've got just the article for you: A look inside DisplayPort. Things have been pretty quiet since the talk at IDF, but we’re expecting to hear a lot about both DisplayPort and HDMI’s response to VESA’s push for market adoption during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, so stay tuned for more interface-related news.

For now, you can discuss Zotac’s announcement in the forums.


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Icy EyeG 18th December 2007, 16:44 Quote
This is great news: DisplayPort is here before I expected.
Let's hope they don't overprice the card because of this.... (like the HDMI cards)
Nikumba 18th December 2007, 17:09 Quote
They shouldnt need to, I would imagine there will be a bit of price premium until the market picks up for cards like this. But the main reason it wont be over priced is with HDMI there are royality fees to be paid, where as Display port is a free standard

Kimbie
Jordan Wise 18th December 2007, 17:30 Quote
Display port is absolutely useless, pretty much the same bandwith of dual link dvi (which I have and I am more than content with) really the only point I can see in it is that its a much smaller connection, but hdmi also has that slight advantage and is already dominating the market. Utterly pointless.
Mankz 18th December 2007, 17:32 Quote
If its basically a universal port which is compatable with HDMi, DVI and D-SUB then it can only be a good thing...

Lets hope there is no premium on the cards with it tho.
Icy EyeG 18th December 2007, 19:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz.
If its basically a universal port which is compatible with HDMi, DVI and D-SUB then it can only be a good thing...

And better designed also (a single card will be able to hold 4 of them), it doesn't look like DVI, ie, a brick.
DXR_13KE 18th December 2007, 20:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Icy EyeG
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mankz.
If its basically a universal port which is compatible with HDMi, DVI and D-SUB then it can only be a good thing...

And better designed also (a single card will be able to hold 4 of them), it doesn't look like DVI, ie, a brick.

and must be cheaper that HDMI because it is free to use it on your design..... you have to pay a premium for HDMI
p3n 18th December 2007, 21:32 Quote
surely that DVI converter will cause some issues with using the built in dvi port? Infact the DVI converter pic almost looks like a 'shop as the perspective is a tad odd.
Redbeaver 18th December 2007, 21:53 Quote
nice, the complimentary adapters are nice addition and will smoothen the transition, like vga->dvi...
woodshop 19th December 2007, 00:06 Quote
Is it just me or would you all rather have adaptor that are integrated into like 4 inched of cable instead of some hard plastic thing sticking out of your tower which then getting another rigid plastic thing(cable connector) plugged into it...

I know every time i move the tower or other wise change or move the cable i'm afraid the extra leverage the adaptor provides will torque the thing right off the card.
Tyinsar 19th December 2007, 07:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodshop
Is it just me or would you all rather have adaptor that are integrated into like 4 inched of cable instead of some hard plastic thing sticking out of your tower which then getting another rigid plastic thing(cable connector) plugged into it...

I know every time i move the tower or other wise change or move the cable i'm afraid the extra leverage the adaptor provides will torque the thing right off the card.
Yeah, I think I'd be afraid to use those adapters too. If the cost is the same and the adapters are improved I'd buy.
gvblake22 19th December 2007, 13:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodshop
Is it just me or would you all rather have adaptor that are integrated into like 4 inched of cable instead of some hard plastic thing sticking out of your tower which then getting another rigid plastic thing(cable connector) plugged into it...

I know every time i move the tower or other wise change or move the cable i'm afraid the extra leverage the adaptor provides will torque the thing right off the card.
I was definitely thinking the same thing, that adapter looks pretty precarious hanging out there like that. It looks like some vertical movement of some kind with a DVI cable attached would just break the whole thing right off. HDMI isn't any better though. :(

that's the only thing I like about VGA and DVI, the connections are very solid and you don't really have to worry about it.
salesman 20th December 2007, 20:34 Quote
I'm in the boat with everybody else. if the 8800gt is the same price as other 8800gt i would be an early adopter. work out good too cause the 8800gt is the card i will get in time i love it price performance ratio, so if the display port can extend the longevity of the card and the stars align i will buy it, I'll just check and make sure there's no hardware malfuntions on the card before i buy it considering its the first of its kind. maybe you guys at bit-tech could do a review on it, or find one, before its released, I'd love to know your thoughts from a hands on experience.
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