Sapphire Shows Off Vid 2X, Motherboards, etc.by Jarred Walton on January 10, 2012 7:14 PM EST
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Sapphire was showing off their latest products in their suite, including a just-in-from-Taiwan Ivy Bridge motherboard, along with X79 and 990FX motherboards for SNB-E and Bulldozer. Also on display were several graphics cards; the 7970 was a given, but the other two are a bit more esoteric. The 6450 Flex includes two DVI-D outputs and an HDMI output, plus an HDMI-to-DVI, allowing to drive three DVI monitors from a low profile card. The other card is a 6670 low profile card, which as far as we know is the only retail low-profile single-slot video card with that level of performance.
To go along with their graphics cards, Sapphire is also preparing to start shipping a new product, the Vid 2X. There are two models, one that takes dual-link DVI and can drive two single-link DVI displays at FullHD resolutions. The other Vid 2X has a DisplayPort input and can again drive two single-link DVI displays. We’ve seen other similar hardware before (e.g. Matrox has their DualHead-2-Go product line), but Sapphire’s Div 2X is hardware agnostic and looks at the EDIDs of the connected displays and then presents itself as an EDID display capable of twice that resolution (e.g. 3840x1080 maximum for two connected 1080p displays).
The device can work with any GPU, and if you want to do bezel correction there are six DIP switches that allow you to control bezel correction from as few as 4 pixels up to 186 pixels (in 4 or 6 pixel increments). You can also send a single signal over, and the first DIP switch controls clone or center modes (the latter mostly being for digital signage usage). Sapphire had the Div 2X connected to a MacBook Pro 13 driving two 1080p panels at 3840x1080, along with the laptop’s built-in display. Obviously rendering performance for that many pixels will require a lot more GPU power than the SNB HD 3000, but for other uses that just need lots of displays (e.g. day traders), such products are very popular. Availability should be widespread by the end of the month, with an MSRP of $179.
Another product on display was their Mini-PC Edge-HD3, a netbook packing AMD’s recently updated E-450 APU. The unit is very small and should offer much better performance than previous Atom-based netbooks (including Ion), with 4GB RAM, a 320GB HDD, and HDMI output (along with VGA and audio). Availability is expected in February for around $300.
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DigitalFreak - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkDip switches? Seriously? What is this, 1985?
Mr Perfect - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - linkI was just laughing about that myself.
BlindZenDriver - Friday, January 13, 2012 - linkActually makes good sense.
It's compact, cheap and you can read the settings from the position of the switches(with a reference card on the side).
What would you like instead. One button to scroll through settings and a display or maybe an USB connection you hook up to a computer which may not be able to have it's images displayed on the monitors until the setting is right?
Most likely the user will only ever make a setting once in the products life so something elaborate would be a waste.
Zandros - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkSo still no MST hubs then, let's stick with hack solutions?
Ryan Smith - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkMST Hubs won't be available until the summer, going by AMD's latest estimate.
Zandros - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkI know, but there's a lot of stuff being shown on CES that won't be available until summer, no?
sticks435 - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkConsidering the ex EpoX/EVGA team is now at Sapphire.
MySchizoBuddy - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - linkSo how many of those 6 PCI-E are x16? Can all of them be run at x16 or not. If not is there a motherboard that allows this.
sticks435 - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - linkProbably just the normal single slot. There isn't enough PCI-E lanes do to more than that. I'm not even sure if the X79 boards can have all 6 at x16. I think 4 is the limit there, unless you get into the SR-X.
JarredWalton - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - linkThe X79 motherboard also has an NF200 chipset on there (for SLI support), so you get the 40 lanes from the CPU, 16 go to the NF200 and 32 come out, for a total of 56 PCIe lanes. I asked about the lane allocations and the guy at Sapphire said that he thought it was x16, x8, x16, x4, x8, x4 or something similar. Obviously, you can't get x16 connections to all six slots at the same time without 96 total PCIe lanes, but more than that I can't really say.