DVI Splitters

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  1. jdw

    jdw New Member

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    So what's the verdict on them? I had no idea they existed until a couple weeks ago when I found out quite a few guys were using them at work.

    If I could buy one video card with dual DVI ports and split it to 4 sources it'd save me a lot of money over buying dual cards.

    Is it a crapshoot finding cards that will support it or is it common technology now?
     
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    most are still plague with quality control problems.

    these switches has been out for a while but most of them costs $500+ before so only a few have them.
    now that they have dropped to the $100-$300 range, i'm sure we'll get more concrete feedback on these items.

    i'm also in the market for one.
     
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    I'm talking simple cable splitter vs a splitter box...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812339004

    a lot of the guys at work are running something like this.. either splitting to 2 DVI signals or 2 VGA signals off their single DVI port. (we all run dell machines FWIW)

    But in theory I could buy one card and $25 on a pair of cables instead of another $200 on a second card.
     
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    ah, my bad

    using those cables will just make a mirror image of the display.
    it's not the same as a traditional multi-monitor setup where you can do work1 on 1st display and work2 on the 2nd display, etc.
     
  5. jdw

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    hmmm

    This must be some specialty Dell deal then? I guess they are a different connector type (look like they are DVI but aren't)...

    Now a question would be... are there any other cards out there with this type of technology?
     
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    probably those Matrox adapters, I'm not sure if they have DVI to DVI though
    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/dh2go/digital/home.php

    kind of useless if you have a graphics card that supports dual monitor setup in the first place
     
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    well the goal is either 3 or 4 monitors...

    so if I can take dual outs and make it 4 for cheaper than buying twin cards....
     
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    i've seen Dells with those cables. i'm pretty sure those are not regular DVI connectors on the card. i wonder if they are dual-link DVI which is a special DVI connection to handle more data for higher resolutions.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvi
     
  9. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    We have Dells at work and our machines have that option. Our 'new' 620/745 Optiplex machines are std DVI connectors that with a splitter will run a DVI monitor and a VGA monitor as two seperate displays, not mirrored, unless you tell it to mirror of course.
     

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