8-way video card


18 Responses to “8-way video card”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    The radiotelescope I work on *has* eight 2560 x 1600 displays. This board would be rather useful, eliminating a computer from the system.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A projector for every wall, twice. Cameras connecting each room. Someone please try this!

  3. Axx says:

    Can anyone find any actual benchmarking results for the Matrox M9188?

  4. dfbecker says:

    In terms of synchronization, i find Windows Live Mesh to be an excellent resource. It synchronizes and updates files as changes are made to their server and back out to other machines that share the same folder. It’s magical for keeping unified files for school between my desktop and netbook. Couldn’t do without it!

  5. mistersquid says:

    This card costs more than a 27″ iMac.

  6. racerx_is_alive says:

    I’ve used matrox cards at work in the past, and it’s my experience that work’s the only thing you want to do with them. They drive a large number monitors, and at a good resolution, but they aren’t very powerful in other ways. This is definitely not a card you would want to game on.

  7. hbl says:

    While ATi and NVidia have been cranking out the pixel pipelines for the past decade, Matrox has been silently beavering away making very expensive video cards for well, video and nothing else. I remember looking at buying one of their cards for rendering HD video and it was about $4000 used… I understand they do a lot of medical imaging as well?

  8. dderidex says:

    Well, I GUESS 8-off-one-card is impressive.

    However, ATI’s current gaming cards can do 6-off-one-card. Yes, gaming spread across all of them:


    …and, indeed, if you add additional ATI cards to your system in Crossfire, it will soon be able to add more displays! I believe that their new ‘eyefinity’ technology will shortly be able to span up to 24 displays (just waiting on a driver update to enable that, AFAIK), using the 3d acceleration capabilities of all the cards connected.

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  10. alecmuffett says:

    Hi Cory,

    Re: storage: [ insert whimsical parody of 'how "cloud computing" will solve this problem for you and everyone, real soon now' evangelism ]


    Actually, someone *could* make a pitch for Dropbox at this point, but I am not convinced that third-party replication is the way to go – not least because if they go down, who *knows* what happens to your data.

    In your circumstance I would be looking at NFS tuning over a gigabit interface adapter, because recent NFS is *not* slow… though it is hampered somewhat in the Linux world by, um, “creative” interpretation of the protocol spec.

    Laptops aren’t generally designed for fast disk i/o in the first place, so YMMV.

    Re: displays, the best setup for me is still dual-head, but with one ‘portrait’ and one ‘landscape’; I saw a bunch of these at the London Googleplex after dual-heading my old G5 iMac, tried it, and it’s fantastic.

  11. Rob Beschizza says:

    Hell, just that 27″ iMac is getting me all confused about sticking with laptops. I think one of these, with eight 30-inchers, would seal the deal.

    • Toby says:

      Except that the iMac doesn’t have any slots for this card… unless you meant geting eight iMacs, and just using their displayports to drive them as monitors. When you weren’t using the wall of screen, you could do some serious SETI@home, I suppose.

      Much as I covet one, choosing an iMac isn’t much different from “sticking with laptops”, except that it has a 3.5in. drive.

  12. zikman says:

    oh my god you could be like al gore!

  13. Chris Fedde says:

    Write speed is usually the bottleneck. I use dd to get a ball park measure of write speed.

    dd if=/dev/zero of=foo bs=4k count=100000

    On most linux this’ll report a performance metric in bytes/sec.

    My best speeds to NFS over gig-e network from a consumer grade lappy to a consumer desktop as show speeds around 60Mbyte/sec. Direct Sata ext3 I see about 90Mbyte/sec on either the lappy or the server. Reading I get about 2x better performance.

    This is fast enough that I’ve never noticed any performance issues. I use Ubuntu am-utils (amd) and a symbolic link from /home to the /net mapping of the server’s export.


  14. Anonymous says:

    The ATI Eyefinity technology is crazy! See for yourself: 24 screens powered by 4 cards in 1 pc… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Vf8R_gOec

  15. beemoh says:

    See, the solution here is to wire the card into your home, so you have a port in every important room, leave your desktop in a utility room or something, and carry an LCD, wireless keyboard and mouse around, and just use the card for one screen. Simple!

    Or; Eght small displays, combining to make one big one.

    Two completely practical and not at all silly ideas. I’m a genius, me.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is just what I need for my Wargames-era NORAD control room.

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