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New Matrox Single-Slot Card Drives 8x 2560 x 1600 LCDs

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New Matrox Single-Slot Card Drives 8x 2560 x 1600 LCDs

Ready for something truly mental?

Matrox has announced the 'M9188', a new flagship addition to its M Series graphics card line, which can power up to eight 2560 x 1600 resolution monitors simultaneously. What's more, its eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs and can be combined with a second M9188 to drive up to 16 displays, all from a single computer!

"The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," said Matrox Business Development Manager Ron Berty. "The expansive multi-monitor configuration allows system operators to accurately manage energy grids or train dispatch applications, while ensuring maximum performance across all displays."

2GB of memory is slapped onto the PCIe x16 card, yet it occupies just a single slot. It also comes in a slightly more sane 1GB edition (the 'M9128') which can drive a pair of 2560 x 1600 displays and can also be chained to double this to four. If this seems something of a drop-off, RRPs will explain a lot.

32bit and 64bit editions of Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server (2003/2008) and Linux are all supported and given I know a certain TrustedReviews editor who enjoys sitting in front of a dual 30in LCD setup I can already think of Matrox's first customer...

The two cards will launch before the end of the year with the M9188 priced at a mammoth $1995 and the M9128 coming in at $259 (that's not a typo). We've long had a soft spot for Matrox ever since its consumer 3D graphics cards and when it produces outlandish products like this I can't see that affection dropping any time soon.

Links:

M9188 Product Page

M9128 Product Page

jopey

November 13, 2009, 5:16 am

That seems like a massive rip off to be honest. The two monitor version definitely is. ATI's "eyefinity" thing is coming to their cards and that can do 6 30inch monitors off a single card. You can also mix and match with many different display sizes and layouts. I'd expect a dedicated solution for $2000! would do a lot more.

xenos

November 13, 2009, 8:04 am

But can it play Crysis? ;-)





I'm not sure why they don't make a 4 output version?

Ed

November 13, 2009, 2:43 pm

@jopey: eyefinity can't do 6 x 30 inch monitors. It can do three or six 24(?) inch monitors.

Keithe6e

November 13, 2009, 4:09 pm

Eh!!!, what's the size of the monitor got to do with it?


I'm sure if you had the money you could have 6 50" Kuru's TV's on eyefinity.

jopey

November 13, 2009, 4:37 pm

@Ed "Specifics on the technology are being kept close to the vest, but a recent demonstration revealed, amazingly, that it runs on only one GPU. it also features several DisplayPort connectors&#8212In this case, six 30-inch Dell displays were configured to run as a single 7680x4800 monitor."

Ed

November 13, 2009, 4:38 pm

@Keith: Nothing but when someone says 30-inch monitor they are generally referring to a standard 30-inch monitor with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. It's the resolution that the card can't cope with. So when I refer to 24-inch I'm basically talking about the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution it uses.





I was fairly certain the eyefinity card couldn't do six 2,560 x 1,600 displays but looking around the web, it seems I might be wrong on this. Further research is required..

Chris

November 13, 2009, 4:54 pm

Maximum resolution of single link DVI is 1920x1200. You need dual link for something larger, hence half the number of monitors.

Chris

November 13, 2009, 5:05 pm

@Ed:


I think you're referring to the existing 3 output cards while jopey is talking about the new 5870 Eyefinity 6 cards, which aren't available yet. I think you're both right - for now ;) .

Chris Beach

November 13, 2009, 5:49 pm

Is it the similar issue as to dual (48bits per pixel) and single link (24bits per pixel) DVI's?


For a 2560x1600@60 you need a dual link DVI, but for 1920x1200@60 you only need single link.

Ed

November 13, 2009, 6:06 pm

I was aware of the six port card, I was just under the impression that DisplayPort couldn't do dual-link equivalent bandwidth. More to the point, I seem to recall AMD actually saying the 6 port card couldn't do six 30 inch monitors.





Nope, I'm just going batty. AMD's documentation does indeed refer to such a setup. Nevermind.

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