Just bought a 4K panel? Well guess what, it's obsolete already.
Yes, Dell's new UP2715K packs in an astounding 5120x2880 pixels into a 27-inch Crystal Clear panel. That's roughly 14.7 megapixels, versus the measly 8.3 megapixels of your 4K panel. Yes, 70 percent more pixels. Can you even run this over DisplayPort? Of course not. To push this many pixels, you need to use not one, but two DisplayPort 1.2 ports. For this demo, Dell had the monitor running off of a Quadro K5000 card.
EVGA has designed a handy DisplayPort hub that allows for multi-monitor connectivity from a single DisplayPort source, negating the need to invest in another graphics card. The hub supports up to three DisplayPort compatible monitors without any special software or drivers other than your graphics card driver. It does require external power, so EVGA includes an external power adapter in the box.
DisplayLink and AOC today announced the retail availability of the new e1649fwu portable USB 2.0 monitor. The display is built by AOC and powered by a DisplayLink DL-125 chip, hence the hand-holding between these two companies in introducing the display to the public. Lightweight and relatively inexpensive, the e1649fwu provides 15.6 inches of real estate with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz, and both the video and power are piped through USB.
The folks over at the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) probably thought the royalty free digital interconnect known as DisplayPort would have supplanted DVI and VGA interfaces by now, but here we are five years after it was designed and not a lot of mainstream users are ditching their DVI cables. We're still a few years away from when DisplayPort is expected to dominate the commercial desktop scene, but you can still find it on select displays, such as ViewSonic's latest large format graphics (VG2732m-LED) and professional (VP2765-LED) monitors.
After a long wait, the Video Electronics Standards Association, or VESA for short, announced it has finalized DisplayPort v1.2, doubling the data rate of the previous DisplayPort v1.1a standard and paving the way for higher performance 3D stereo display, higher resolutions and color depths, and faster refresh rates.
"DisplayPort v1.2 increases performance by doubling the maximum data transfer rate from 10.8Gbps to 21.6Gbps, greatly increasing display resolution, color depths, refresh rates, and multiple display capabilities," VESA said in its press release.
Other features of the updated spec include multi-streaming, which is the ability to transport multiple independent uncompressed display and audio streams over a single cable, support for high-speed, bi-directional data transfer, support for high-def audio formats, and synchronization assist between audio and video, multiple audio channels, and multiple audio sink devices using Global Time Code (GTC).
Matrox isn’t a name you hear a lot anymore. The graphics spotlight has been effectively taken over by Nvidia and AMD. Matrox isn’t letting that get them down and have announced a new GPU, the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 multi-display Octal.
The M9188 comes equipped with eight DisplayPort outputs and 2GB of RAM. Each of the DisplayPorts is capable of driving a monitor with a resolution of 2560x1600. They also throw in eight DisplayPort to DVI adapters in case you have eight DVI monitors lying around.
Further, the driver supports multiple cards on a system. So with two of these monsters, you’d be capable of running 16 monitors with a total resolution of 20480 X 3200, in a 2 X 8 configuration. Good luck finding wallpaper for that.
So much in life is unknowable. Will the economy rebound? Hard to say. Will oil prices skyrocket? Maybe, maybe not. Will Brangelina add to their brood? Frankly, we don’t care. But one thing’s for sure: Technology is ever-changing and each year guarantees new advances for the PC user.
As we do every year around this time, we got on the horn with our industry contacts—experts in their respective fields—and pressed them for details about what new and exciting hardware power users can look forward to in 2010. Some of what we learned was expected (SATA speeds will double), some came from out of left field (six 30-inch panels on a single videocard?!), and some just plain make sense (like a Nehalem chip for the masses).
Read on to find out how your personal computing landscape stands to be altered in the year ahead.
Dell’s jumbo entry in its Ultrasharp line of monitors, the 3008WFP, performs exactly as the company’s marketing materials promise. This monitor truly “produces darker blacks.” In fact, we think Dell’s underselling the device, because the 3008WFP takes the dark spectrum and covers it with the digital equivalent of a dark sheet. We cranked the device to its maximum brightness and still found ourselves unable to see distinctions at the low end of Display Mate’s grayscales.