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Zotac unveils four-monitor Fermi

Zotac unveils four-monitor Fermi

Zotac's latest card has three DisplayPorts and a DVI connector - meaning quadruple-display support.

Zotac has announced what it claims is the world's first Fermi-powered graphics card capable of running four monitors simultaneously, in a clear attempt to catch up with AMD's EyeFinity.

The Zotac GeForce GTX 460 3DP features, as the name suggests, three DisplayPort connectors along with a more traditional dual-link DVI conector, giving the card the ability to run four independent displays with a combined resolution of up to 6,400 x 1,200.

While it isn't quite as impressive as the six-screen layouts we've seen AMD's EyeFinity technology running, it's still impressive stuff - and gives fans of the green camp a taste of things to come.

Carsten Berger, Zotac's marketing director, claimed the move came as "quadruple-display computing is becoming more popular for gaming and office use," and confirmed that the card will come bundled with a copy of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

Aside from the multi-monitor support, Zotac's latest card is a pretty standard GeForce GTX 460. The clock speed has been given a boost to 710MHz to better cope with multiple monitors, and there are hints that the card will have 2GB of GDDR5 RAM - although Zotac's official specs refer to a 1GB version. Whether this means there will be two editions launched, or if it's just a mistake in the box art, remains to be seen.

The card will be hitting shelves soon, but Zotac has yet to confirm UK pricing.

Do you think that driving four monitors from a single GTX 460 is a realistic proposition for gaming, or should Zotac have dropped the specs and made it a more attractive buy for the office market? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Pete J 22nd September 2010, 10:37 Quote
Hmm, why a 460? A multi display set up needs serious GPU power. It'd be more logical to go for a 470/480 - plus this would allow tri-SLI, which would be necessary at the resolution mentioned.
confusis 22nd September 2010, 10:38 Quote
How did they achieve this? Does the fermi chip include multi monitor support to this level or did they add an extra chip on the card?
infi 22nd September 2010, 10:40 Quote
the news release from zotac lacks a lot of infos and is contradicting itself in some points.

- what displays are needed to run 4 displays?
do you need 3 DP compatible displays on the DP ports or active adapters like on regular ati cards if you want to drive more than 1 ... 2... ?
(ati cards need a DP monitor or active adapter if you want to run 3 displays on a non-eyefinity-dedicated card)
- does an DVI monitor with a passive adapter run on the DP ports AT ALL?
- what resolution is supported on the DP port if there are not 3 displays connected?
- what resolution is supported on the DVI port if there is a monitor connected to the DP ports... at how many monitors it drops to 1600x1200?
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The ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 460 3DP packs three DisplayPort and one dual-link DVI connectors that are capable of driving up to four independent displays simultaneously with a combined resolution up to 6400x1200. Three DisplayPort connectors enable the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 460 3DP to support resolutions up to 4800x1200 across three independent displays for true spanned triple-monitor computing.

what does this mean? that you can only span a game over 3 monitors and not 4?
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Other hardware features
Triple simultaneous independent displays

what now zotac... 4 or 3 ...?
sb1991 22nd September 2010, 10:47 Quote
Sounds like the screens themselves will be limited to 1600x1200 or below, which isn't really ideal. It looks like all this card does is splits two 2650x1600 capable graphics pipelines between 4 outputs. Great if you've got lots of smaller monitors, but it doesn't really rival eyefinity.
mi1ez 22nd September 2010, 11:01 Quote
why 4 monitors? great for productivity, sure, but you wouldn't buy a gaming card for that.
r3loaded 22nd September 2010, 11:47 Quote
I'd say 3 monitors is better than 4 for gaming, especially for FPS games - otherwise, your targeting reticle will be exactly on the border of the centre two monitors. I'm also inclined to agree with Nvidia's decision to restrict 3+ monitors to SLI setups - there's no way a 460 can power four monitors at an acceptable frame rate.
cgthomas 22nd September 2010, 12:08 Quote
I don't think you can expect seriously high fps from this. But this card is a welcome surprise to designers working across multiple displays and not wanting to buy 2 card just to do that
yakyb 22nd September 2010, 14:09 Quote
would be a great card to own for gaming then to retire to a work box in a few years
Xir 22nd September 2010, 14:34 Quote
Would it be possible to span over monitors that are not the same?

19"-24"-19" as they are about the same physical height
1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024

would give 4480x1024
HourBeforeDawn 22nd September 2010, 20:38 Quote
I have to admit, although I still think 3d stuff is still a bit of a nitch it would be nice to see AMD side do something, ya its hype but a lot of people are buying into that hype so showing something would be good at least on a PR level WITHOUT the need for special third party drivers and monitors.
Adnoctum 23rd September 2010, 08:47 Quote
I don't see a problem with this solution, because you can get 1600x1200 - 4:3 monitors just about everywhere.
I mean, they are more popular than 16:9 monitors now. And cheaper!

:(
Xir 23rd September 2010, 10:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
I don't see a problem with this solution, because you can get 1600x1200 - 4:3 monitors just about everywhere.
I mean, they are more popular than 16:9 monitors now. And cheaper!

:(

Was that sarcastic?:?
infi 23rd September 2010, 11:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
I don't see a problem with this solution, because you can get 1600x1200 - 4:3 monitors just about everywhere.
I mean, they are more popular than 16:9 monitors now. And cheaper!

:(

yeah and not to forget that all of those have display ports!
Adnoctum 23rd September 2010, 12:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by infi

yeah and not to forget that all of those have display ports!

Dell is having an incredible deal on 20" LED monitors at the moment: 1600x1200, 1ms G2G, 120Hz S-IPS panel, 360° viewing angles, 120,000:1 Dynamic Contrast, Multi connections (DVI/VGA/HDMI/DP/Comp/SVid/DB23), <20w power consumption, all for $140 delivered.

And Samsung has recently announced that they will be releasing a 4:3 panel with ultra-thin bezels for gamers.

Mark my words, 4:3 is the ratio of the future!
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Originally Posted by Xir
Was that sarcastic?:?

http://i54.tinypic.com/mlt36f.jpg

Tyinsar 23rd September 2010, 17:18 Quote
Through two TH2G units and "spanning" in XP I was running six 19" monitors (3840*2048) off a 7950GX2 in 2007 (though it would only use one GPU). Just for fun I even tried running it on a 6600GT and it ran all six screens fine - in 2D. As for 3D it all depends on the game. I wouldn't think of trying to run the latest FPS but the 7950 was fine for your typical MMO. Ive also had this on a 260GTX and now on a 5770 (Vista & 7 didn't support nVidia's span mode) and it's still great for older games and the one MMO I play (Guild Wars).

All that to say that a 460 is not a bad start.
Xir 24th September 2010, 12:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum
Del
Mark my words, 4:3 is the ratio of the future!

If only :D
Tyinsar 24th September 2010, 18:10 Quote
Actually I wish they'd stop going wider and shorter. It's great for marketing because the diagonal dimensions get longer - but the loss vertical in vertical resolution is not good. It's at the point where, for forums and such, I think it's better to use the 16:9 HD monitors rotated 90 degrees (tall & narrow).
16:9 is terrible for viewing photos if you have a mix of wide and tall photos.
dangerman1337 24th September 2010, 20:25 Quote
Wouldn't a lower powered comsupmtion card like the 460/450 be better as this seems to be aimed at professionals rather than gaming?
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