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Gigabyte Demonstrates 4K on Intel HD4000 via Dual Thunderbolt

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4K from Intel HD4000 graphics.

4K (or Ultra HD) is all the rage at this year's CES, but it's not just for high end televisions. We stopped by Gigabyte's suite to check out the GA-Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard. Hasn't this motherboard been available since summer of 2012, you ask? Yes, but it has learned a new trick: outputting a 4K video signal.

Thanks to a new Intel driver feature called Collage, Gigabyte was able to demonstrate 4K video output from the Intel HD4000 integrated graphics. This was made possible through the dual Thunderbolt outputs that were further split through a pair of multi-monitor dongles connected to four 1920x1200 monitors. The four displays combined created an overall resolution of 3840x2400.

This new feature will be available in a driver update that should be available at the end of January for both the UP5 and UP4.

While even more extreme resolutions are possible through other discrete graphics options, this is a first for the Intel HD4000 and could prove to be an attractive alternative for those seeking a more energy efficient solution.

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    davidgermain , January 10, 2013 1:42 PM
    With all the 4k UHD screens all over the place why are they using 4 displays??
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    f-14 , January 10, 2013 2:04 PM
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    The four displays combined created an overall resolution of 3840x2400.


    so another 2 years before they make a 42" monitor at 4k resolution? sweet

    if it requires lightpeak to transfer that much data at 1ms i guess that's alright.

    just stop calling it ultra HD. 10-15 years from now it's all going to look like 8 bit nintendo graphics anyways
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    ohim , January 10, 2013 2:08 PM
    WOW ! Thanks intel for giving us multiple displays from one single card! this is so unheard of till now! wonder why AMD and Nvidia couldn`t of think at this till now. ... oh wait!

    /sarcasm
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    SlitelyOff , January 10, 2013 2:10 PM
    YAY...I have always wanted to watch TV just like I am looking out the window, obstructions and all!
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    Marco925 , January 10, 2013 2:27 PM
    Yet, No solution remains for those of us who actually might want to use dedicated graphics solutions

    I'm looking at you Asus as well, hurry up with that thunderboltEX
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    alvine , January 10, 2013 2:28 PM
    now we need 4k computer monitors that don't cost an arm and a leg :p 
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2013 2:44 PM
    It is the type of output (UltraHD), not multiple monitors you idiots. They are using dual Thunderbolt to drive that much data output. It is a nice low cost solution to ultra high definiton output. Did you have another solution you would like to provide for us? Oh wait, you don't have a clue what you're talking about.
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2013 2:59 PM
    will it work with 2560x1440 monitors? Can you guys at TomsHardware test it please? =D
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    deksman , January 10, 2013 3:51 PM
    In 10 to 15 years, we hopefully won't have pixel based graphics anymore.

    Scientific research already surpassed that... and even today it would be applicable to certain degree (in a year or 2, complete practical implementation).

    Capitalism on the other hand operates on market based cost-efficiency.
    They will only switch to that new technology when it becomes cheap enough to produce (nevermind we have more than enough resources and technology to do it in abundance several times over), and only when they instill planned obsolescence into it.

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    bigdog44 , January 10, 2013 4:55 PM
    How about more supporting facts? You cant even tell if they're talking about a static image.
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    XZaapryca , January 10, 2013 5:01 PM
    davidgermainWith all the 4k UHD screens all over the place why are they using 4 displays??

    Good question. But four monitors running 1080P on one mobo LOOKS more impressive than running one TV at 4K.
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    ohim , January 10, 2013 5:09 PM
    XZaaprycaGood question. But four monitors running 1080P on one mobo LOOKS more impressive than running one TV at 4K.

    actually it just looks stupid with all that bevel around .
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    Vorador2 , January 10, 2013 5:24 PM
    f-14so another 2 years before they make a 42" monitor at 4k resolution? sweetif it requires lightpeak to transfer that much data at 1ms i guess that's alright.just stop calling it ultra HD. 10-15 years from now it's all going to look like 8 bit nintendo graphics anyways


    Sharp just announced a 30" 4K monitor. No word about price.
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    Marco925 , January 10, 2013 5:42 PM
    ohimactually it just looks stupid with all that bevel around .

    There are monitors now that minimise or remove the bezel altogether.

    Or at least that's the idea for AMD's Six Monitor Eyefinity
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    ltdementhial , January 10, 2013 6:11 PM
    Now lets play Counter strike 1.6 on that beauty HD 4000 @ 12FPS all low xD
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    bourgeoisdude , January 10, 2013 7:27 PM
    ohimWOW ! Thanks intel for giving us multiple displays from one single card! this is so unheard of till now! wonder why AMD and Nvidia couldn`t of think at this till now. ... oh wait!/sarcasm


    Umm, Intel has been doing this since GMA 900 (or before?). 4k resolution, on the other hand...
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    blazorthon , January 10, 2013 11:07 PM
    Marco925Yet, No solution remains for those of us who actually might want to use dedicated graphics solutionsI'm looking at you Asus as well, hurry up with that thunderboltEX


    With DisplayPort, several AMD and Nvidia cards can have four 2560x1600 displays. Some AMD cards can directly have six and I've seen even up to 24 displays in extreme Eyefinity solutions.
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    ojas , January 11, 2013 10:07 AM
    And intel's demoed GT3 graphics playing Dirt 3 at high details, posting similar performance to an Nvidia GT650m.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6600/intel-haswell-gt3e-gpu-performance-compared-to-nvidias-geforce-gt-650m
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    blazorthon , January 15, 2013 10:15 PM
    ojasAnd intel's demoed GT3 graphics playing Dirt 3 at high details, posting similar performance to an Nvidia GT650m.http://www.anandtech.com/show/6600 [...] ce-gt-650m


    Looking at what little info we have on their upcoming GT3 graphics, it may be accurate to compete with a GT 650M or maybe even better, but I'll wait for some more serious confirmation before I believe it.
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    jn77 , February 7, 2013 12:17 PM
    davidgermainWith all the 4k UHD screens all over the place why are they using 4 displays??



    because how many 4k displays have 4 Dual Link DVI or 2 HDMI/ Display port connectors?, most would have 2 dvi and 1 of each HDMI and display port. You still need 2 cables to drive 4k right now on 1 moniter. none have 4 ports that can re-combine the signal from 4 sources.
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