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You can get quad monitor support with certain models of the 3870X2 for $300. As an added bonus, you could even play some games once in a while.
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post #12 of 21
you do get awesome support in workstation cards though, you could call them and ask step by step how to insert a pci-express cards, that would help a ton of people.
post #13 of 21
$600 for a matrox card? Obviously no one here would.
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post #14 of 21
I think you guys never seen a modern Matrox Card in real live?


I think those Cards are still based on the Parhelia Chip from 2002.
It was a technical wonder that couldn't show it's potential and was way to expansive (GTX-280 comes to mind even it is not comparable).

I seen the Parhelia and it addicted me, like some people are addicted to a Voodoo 5 6000.

Matrox still has the best 2D picture quality (includes Vista Aero).
The Parhelia was the first Card that calculated color values in 10 bit, years before ATi did it (nVidia? - you'r joking? - GT200 got it).

The 3D performance is below a Radeon 9700 or high end Geforce 5.
I will not lie on this.
Matrox tried to push their Cards with Gameplay Videos of UT2003 and Quake 3 running on 3 Screens, but that was about the performance limit of the Card anyway.


But the production increase on 3 or even 4 Monitors is huge.
I did Video Cut on a Parhelia with 2 LCDs for the Software plus 1 Sony studio tube to show the result in real colors.



If I had the Money I would buy me a Matrox Card!
Edited by MESeidel - 6/30/08 at 6:33pm
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post #15 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by korosu View Post
You can get quad monitor support with certain models of the 3870X2 for $300. As an added bonus, you could even play some games once in a while.


Businesses don't care about games

But they do care about reliability (heat comes to mind here), electricity costs, and stuff like that
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post #16 of 21
If the only feature I wanted was four screens, I would just go down the dual GPU road for about $100, rather than spend $600 on one GPU.
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post #17 of 21
Let me tell you guys a little secret. There are people that pay $600 for four monitor output because they need to view a MRI's and XRays to diagnose a patient. They do so with 4 22" NEC monitors at 16x12.

They are called Hospitals, I work for one. We pay around $800 for the ones we get now.
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post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Choggs396 View Post
600 bucks just for quad-monitor support and not much else (it seems) doesn't really seem worth it, at least not for most.
Someone I was working with was looking to drive 8 monitors off a single rig, instead of running $6-800 Matrox quadhead cards he ended up finding a board with 4xPCIe and ran 4 8600's.
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post #19 of 21
didnt anybody get the fact they're PASSIVE? i think quad monitor support in such a low TDP is worth at least something...
post #20 of 21
thats really a STUPID question ... of course i WONT .. lol man ... im curious if anybody will
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