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Any such thing is a 4 DVI-port graphics card (PCI)?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Juice13610, Sep 24, 2008.

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  1. Juice13610

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    If not, can anyone recommend a 2 port DVI graphics card that will work with another 2 port DVI graphics card? I just got a request for a computer with a 4 port DVI card but can't seem to find one.
     
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    The most common way now is dual video cards, each creating 2 DVI ports
     
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    True - I was going to mention that, though doesn't that create a huge heating and cooling problem?

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    No... because you're doing more business work and not gaming. So you don't need large heavy duty cards. Also you don't need to put them in side by side.

    Now, Matrox makes such cards for business... they are not cheap: http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/graphics_cards/qid_series/qidpro/
    And the low-profile version is a bit cheaper - but you're looking at spending $700~1200 for such a card.... ouch!

    But checking on Newegg... I see there is problems finding such a card in PCI form factor with DUAL DVI - compared to PCIe and AGP cards. But there is one on the expensive side: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161074

    Buy two of those for $200... will require the space of 4 slots. Otherwise, you'll have to simply use VGA on some monitors. Now, if the LCD's are 20 inchesl or smaller, VGA won't hurt quality that much... if there is an issue of slots. There are plenty of $30~50 cards with DVI and VGA.
     
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    Thank you guys for your help. He may just have to settle for VGA. Are there 4 VGA port cards, or am I in the same boat?

    The PC we would prefer to buy in this situation has only one PCI-e x16 slot. When I asked if 2 cards were okay, he said "That's fine, if the computer has 2 PCI-e x16 slots." He's kind of a hard to please tech guy at one of our field sites, with the "us vs. them" mentality since I work at corporate.

    Any suggestions on a 4 port VGA, or am I in the same boat?
     
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    We'll.... he should KNOW better than that to demand 2 PCIe x16 slots. A single x1 slot is still faster than any PCI slot.... And you didn't say the PCs you have or buying has a PCIe Slot... :(

    To locate PC parts, add this link to your browser: www.newegg.com

    PCI card with 4 DVI ports = $330 (no fan) = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195040

    Or as I stated before, get two cards with DVI and VGA or that card that takes up two slots... These is another card for $250 - but it has fans and requires quite a bit of cooling and power... also noisy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121247

    What RES are you using on the monitors - what size monitors are you using?

    Also, if you use mixed cables, it maybe a lot easier to keep track of WHAT cables goes where. So buy a $35 PCIe card with dual DVI and a dual VGA PCI card for $75+... but both cards MUST use the same brand GPU.. ATI with ATI or Nvidia with Nvidia.

    Like this: $92 PCI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103056 with this PCIe card $25 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102791 But I'd take this one over the 2400 (no fan) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102724

    So what you have is that EACH card has a DVI port (for monitor 1) and a VGA port for (monitro 2)... may make things a bit easier... $125 for two cards or $350 for a single card ;)
     
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