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Coming back into the OCN fold after a long hiatus. It's great to log in and see everything that's going on. Oh well, enough nostalgia.

So, I'm in "management" at a small non-profit and I'm the closest thing to IT that they have ("Hey, he's a geek, have him do it.") BTW, scariest line in any job description is "and all other duties as assigned" rolleyes.gif

Thought long about where putting this request, and this is the closest branch I could discern.

We need to install a new build (pc) to run two 2x2 video walls (60" tv based) that will be wall mounted. (pic for reference only) Only need 1080P, but might end up with 4K just because of where the market is with off the shelf 60" tv's (and thin bezels)

Display is only needed for
1) side shows
2) videos
3) static images
(no gaming / 3d rendering, etc.)

It's important that
A) it's as economical as possible (I think my budget for this is going to grey my hair more)
B) it's as fool proof as possible (again, i'm the only IT-ish, and a volunteer operator will be using 90% of time)

My current thought is to run an i5 (only needs presentation software so this should be enough, right?) with two AMD FirePro W4300's (each can take the 4 displays for the 2x2 wall, and the price is nice) that way each card can take one "wall" unto itself & they are very economical compared to stand along video wall controllers ($280 ea vs $1500 ea)

NVIDIA does have the NVS 810, but it runs about $630 (vs $560 w/ 2 w4300's) -> is having on one card a benefit? lower power requirements, noise, etc?

Open to other ideas.

Once I have source at the PC it looks like I'm going to have display port's on the card. Display port appears rare in the size tv's we're looking at (if anyone knows of anything - that doesn't break the bank - I'd love to look at it). And the signal will have to run a ways away to were the tv's will be mounted (luckily I'm not responsible for mounting the tv's).

So, I'm thinking DP to HDMI converter and then HDMI over CAT to the TV's (DP->HDMI->CAT->HDMI) Is this this best option? Any way to keep me from running 8x CAT cables (4 per wall)

Really appreciate you reading through all this. And truly thanks for anyone who shares / has ideas (especially to help the bottom line).
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Anyone have any thoughts? I know there's a bunch of questions.
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Went a couple of rounds with nvidia and it looks like the finalist is running twin k1200's. The AMD solutions just doesn't seem to be there at the price point compared to the K1200's.
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I have to confess, I've never had the opportunity to work with multiple cards in one system, so some of this is based on assumptions. Maybe I'm missing something, but why not consider something like a pair of GTX 950s? Is there something that prevents this setup from working, or is there any benefit you would receive from using the higher cost workstation cards? The ones I linked should support 4 displays each. My only concern would be whether they will both function separately to allow the total of 8 displays. If so, you're talking $250 for the pair.

Whatever you decide for the cards, Monoprice is usually one of the better options for cables. It looks like their DP to HDMI cable selection is a bit more limited, but they do have them in 3ft or 6ft lengths with support for up to 4K displays.
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NP, That is actually kind of what I was looking at when I first stepped into this project (and if I was smart, I would have stepped right back out again).
in many ways, mainstream cards would seem to be a better (cheaper) direction. The problem comes in making video walls (the multipanels). When looking at Quadro & NVS cards (like the k1200 / nvs 810), they have some special functions like Nvidia Mosaic (http://www.nvidia.com/object/nvidia-mosaic-technology.html) to deal with things like screen overlap, bezel correction 4-way sync which make these sort of installations ideal.

AMD does some similar things with their firepro line.

And thanks for the reminder about Monoprice. The reason I'm likely do DVI (or what ever) over CAT is that I'm looking at line runs of about 120 ft. At those distances, CAT is just so much cheaper smile.gif
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