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Dylan Couper June 4th, 2007 02:21 PM

Any video card with 3 outputs?
 
Are there any video cards that offer outputs for three monitors?

Salah Baker June 4th, 2007 04:54 PM

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/cr...video/home.php

Steven Gotz June 4th, 2007 08:00 PM

I use the Matrox Parhelia APVe. Two PC monitors and a HDTV.

Bart Walczak June 6th, 2007 05:46 AM

The same. 3D acceleration is non-existant, but for simple editing there is nothing better at that price.

Dylan Couper June 6th, 2007 09:17 AM

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/cr...anion/home.php
MATROX triple monitor cards.

Also found quad head cards on Ebay!
http://cgi.ebay.com/MATROX-4-QID-Par...QQcmdZViewItem

Wade Spencer June 6th, 2007 02:39 PM

I have a Matrox Parhelia APVE, and love it for what it does, but it won't render Magic Bullet :-(

Jon McGuffin June 6th, 2007 06:42 PM

At $600 I just don't see this as a cost effective solution. Not to the mention the fact support for this card is not the greatest in terms of either driver updates OR NLE support (such as the person who brought up Magic Bullet).

Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device? Better, use a motherboard with SLI and put in two video cards and have 4 video outputs. There are some options here.. I don't think the $600 Matrox card is one of them myself..

Jon

Steven Gotz June 7th, 2007 09:10 PM

Where did you get that price??????

It is listed at around $300.

See here: http://www.buymatrox.com/showmeparhelia.html

Dylan Couper June 7th, 2007 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon McGuffin (Post 693045)

Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device?
Jon


I had no idea you could even do that. Wow, I'm almost ashamed to say I've lost all of my computer geekery!

John Hewat June 10th, 2007 05:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon McGuffin (Post 693045)
Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device? Better, use a motherboard with SLI and put in two video cards and have 4 video outputs.

Is this tested?

I've got a nVidia 7800GT in an SLI capable motherboard and was considering buying another one to run a third monitor (a HDTV) but I have heard from lots of sources that it's not as simple as just plugging it in and having it work.

Does anyone have any more info on this - ie: has anyone tried it successfully?

Gregg Bond June 30th, 2007 07:34 PM

As long as you don't shunt it into SLI mode you are good to go. Windows will support as many screens/graphics cards as you can chuck at it, although once you hit 10 screens you need something like Ultramon to control them as the 2k/XP/Vista control panels go doolally.

John Hewat July 1st, 2007 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gregg Bond (Post 705263)
As long as you don't shunt it into SLI mode you are good to go. Windows will support as many screens/graphics cards as you can chuck at it, although once you hit 10 screens you need something like Ultramon to control them as the 2k/XP/Vista control panels go doolally.

And the computer doesn't get confused?

Does it require any weird system configuration?

Tim Kolb July 7th, 2007 11:04 AM

I use two PNY Quadro cards in my system...a 4500 runs my 30" LCD (for 2K full pixel count) and my 24" LCD (primary-center UI) and I have a smaller card running two 17" LCDs which flank the 24"...

Works great.

Also...for the record, the Parhelia can do two DVI UI monitors and an HD video output OR 3 DVI outputs.

And...one needs to keep in mind the cost of the Parhelia (under 300 bucks) when critiquing it for not supporting RT video FX, etc. My Quadro 4500 supports magic Bullet in RT and fast 3d/AE previews and SpeedGrade DI, etc...but it's a far pricier option (sometimes available for under 2,000 USD these days, but closer to 3,000 USD when I added this card and reviewed it in POST magazine last year).

The NVIDIA consumer cards are also good, but the difference is in the Open GL support depth and the number of polygons and clipping planes supported, which may not be critically important for everyone.

Apples to apples here folks...the Parhelia is a triple head card and it's really inexpensive. You can't have everything AND a low price...

Gregg Bond July 8th, 2007 11:51 AM

As with so many things in life they are categorised as follows

good, fast and cheap

you may any two.

John, the computer works fine with it, windows just wont allow you to configure them natively. As for wierd, depends on your level of expertise with PC's :)

Tom, I have a hardware fetish, I would love to see a pic of that setup.

Tim Kolb July 8th, 2007 11:59 AM

1 Attachment(s)
OK, if I did this right...the pic should be attached...

...and it's "Tim."

:-)


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