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Topic # 114496 21-Feb-2013 14:33 Send private message

I need to replace my ageing Dell 9300 laptop as my main work machine and I have a 745 desktop sitting around doing nothing. It only has a single on-board VGA though.

I have two Dell LCD's to drive, one 23" with hdmi/dvi/vga and another 22" with dvi/vga, so Im wondering if there are any dual dvi's at half height around for a reasonable price.

I see there are dvi splitter cables but have no idea how good they may be.

What are you all using to run multiple monitors ?






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  Reply # 767110 21-Feb-2013 14:43 Send private message

PCIE?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/563269463



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  Reply # 767114 21-Feb-2013 14:52 Send private message

Yep, sorry should have mentioned that.

Thanks for the link, that looks on the money. Does anyone have any experience of using a cable like this ?




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  Reply # 767229 21-Feb-2013 18:16 Send private message

HDMI is backward compatible with DVI, thus any of the readily available low profile video cards with DVI and HDMI would be an option. Just need a DVI to HDMI cable and you're sorted.

No way you'd fit two DVI ports on a single low profile bracket and thus would most likely need some kind of break out cable like the post above.

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  Reply # 767232 21-Feb-2013 18:20 Send private message

dimsim: PCIE?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/563269463


The cable is just a dual DVI. I think you can also get a dvi/VGA cable if needed also. Your DVI cables simply connect to it.

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  Reply # 767248 21-Feb-2013 19:00 Send private message

Those gutless quaddros are totally hopeless cards. Cant even animate aero smootly on dual 1080p screens.




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  Reply # 767250 21-Feb-2013 19:02 Send private message

Will using a splitter like that allow me to have seperate desktops through the one DVI output ?




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  Reply # 767258 21-Feb-2013 19:08 Send private message

Yes, that is a dual output card, the break out cable takes it to 2 different dual link DVI outputs so you could in theory drive a couple of nice 27" monitors off those cards, but those quaddros are made for financial traders and similar, not for people who want to use anything 3D




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  Reply # 767261 21-Feb-2013 19:13 Send private message

Thanks for that....I see this card has had a few decent reviews in its time. Add cable and I could be done.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=563061315




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