If the name Matrox means anything to you, then you've likely been into computer hardware for a long time. The company used to be a big name in the gaming GPU (opens in new tab)world, but since the early 2000s the company's been catering pretty much exclusively to professionals and enterprises. Matrox's latest announcement is that it's building a new graphics card with Nvidia.
But don't get too excited if you're hoping to see another competitor in the gaming graphics card market. We're already lucky enough to have a company outside of Nvidia and AMD come out with a gaming-capable graphics card this year (read: Intel (opens in new tab)). However, the graphics card Matrox is working on with Nvidia will target multi-display video walls that David Chiappini, EVP of R&D at Matrox, described as "high-density."
“This collaboration is yet another example of our commitment to expanding our video wall portfolio while customers continue to benefit from our graphics expertise, world-class engineering, dedicated technical support and long product life cycles," Chiappini said in a statement accompanying this week's annnouncement.
The graphics card will be based on an Nvidia Quadro GPU and feature a single-slot PCIe (opens in new tab) design. This cooling choice is unusual for today's powerful gaming cards, but not unusual when it comes to professional products and certainly not out of the oridinary for a video wall application.
What makes this stand out is that Matrox said that the card will be able to drive up to four 4K (opens in new tab)displays, which combined with the single-slot design means you can use a single system with four of these cards to drive up to 16 4K displays (opens in new tab)from a single PC. Do the math and that's a total of 15,360 x 8,640 pixels when arranged in a four by four matrix, aka 16K resolution.
The vendors haven't announced a product name, pricing, exact specs, or release date yet.