07:00 am - It says something about my finances...
...when I can honestly entertain the idea of buying the hardware to hook up 7 external monitors to my laptop.
Hell, the key is is a useful combination for many desktop users if you don't want to deal with slapping down multiple video cards and the hastles that entails: Six screens, one card.PNY's Quadro FX570
has two Dual-link DVI ports.
Not that useful by itself, but Matrox makes the wonderful TripleHead2Go Digital Edition
that takes one DVI-DL input, and splits it out into three
DVI-D outputs. DVI-DL's limitations prevent using anything higher than three 1680x1050 screens, you're stuck with only two outputs if you run at 1920x1200.
So you'd end up with six 1680x1050 screens driven by one video card. In my laptop's case, that card would go into the Advanced Dock
which also reveals a DVI-D connector powered by the on-board video card on the laptop. Which happens to also be an FX 570, albeit the Mobile version.
So in theory I'd be staring down (at a limit) two 1920x1200 screens (the laptop's internal 15.4" screens and one external) and six 1680x1050 screens when hooked into the docking station, all digitally driven end-to-end. Would cost about $1000, which isn't that bad a total cost as far as I can tell for driving six screens digitally.6 comments