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Posts Tagged ‘ATi’

Displayport adapters aren’t perfect

Posted by essjae on February 10, 2010


Every once and a while I get a link failure…only way I’ve found to fix it so pull and re-plug in the adapter from the card.

Update:¬† The lastest drivers from AMD seem to have resolved this issue.¬† I haven’t lost my display port for a couple months now.


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ATi eyefinity: Farcry 2 Pics

Posted by essjae on January 28, 2010

I’ve got 3 identical monitors: Dell e248wfp (1920×1200), 1 ATi 5870, and 1¬†¬†Accell DisplayPort to DVI adapter, two profiles with hotkeys to switch from 3 as 1 to 3 separate displays, and pictures of Far Cry 2 in 1920×1200 and 5760×1200, and a small box of Dramamine.

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Eyefinity on new ATi video cards requires an active DisplayPort adapter

Posted by essjae on December 12, 2009

Boo!¬† After listening to the marketing guy from ATi/AMD at the Ready to Launch show I was all set for a new ATi 5870 for Eyefinity.¬† Of course, the 3rd port needed is a displayport and I’ve only got DVI LCDs.¬† He specifically mentioned the Startech DisplayPort DVI adapter available at Newegg as an inexpensive solution if you don’t have displayport monitors.¬† Well, guess what, he was incorrect.¬† You need a $100+ active displayport adapter to do 3 displays.¬† So, now I’m stuck with 2 monitors working until I can get an active displayport adapter next week.

I guess that’s what I get for taking technical advice from the marketing guy.¬† He also mentioned how the AMD Phenom II X4 965 was faster than all the competitor’s CPUs…doing a little benchmark reviews shows that this isn’t accurate either.¬† My current i7 is on par or faster than the 965 even when not overclocked.

Don’t get me wrong, I love AMD and ATi, I have AMD stock and after six months of random nVidia Nvlddmkm.sys blue-screens with¬†no consistent solution,¬†I am only purchasing ATi cards for my new systems. (I am still using my older nVidia cards in some of my test boxes)

Update:  The actual AMD docs do specifically mention that you need an active DisplayPort  to DVI adapter and the passive can only be used on a 2 monitor system.  I received my active DisplayPort adapter today (1 day late from Amazon) and will be giving it a try tonight.

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