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Accell UltraAV B087B-002B DisplayPort/DVI-D Dual-Link Adapter (Black)

Posted by essjae on December 16, 2009

Hooked up my Accell DisplayPort to DVI adapter and I’m back to 3 monitors!

I really hope Eyefinity is as cool as it appears, since I’ve spent way too much money on this already.¬† My “old” ATi 4850 X2 is one of the best cards I’ve owned, not many video cards with 4 DVI ports.

Somehow, I have a feeling that Eyefinity is going to require me to have 3 identical monitors, so my right and left 1600×1200 monitors aren’t going to “sync” with my main 1920×1200 monitor…(how will I explain the need to get 3 new matching 24″ monitors to my wife?)

Update: I can get all 3 monitors into eyefinity, the only “issue” is my 24″ 1920×1200 gets dropped to 1600×1200, since all 3 monitors have to match.

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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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