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Matrox PCIe Provides 8 DisplayPort Outputs

Yesterday we wrote about AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and six display ports. Today Matrox Graphics is upping the ante with its just-announced single-slot M9188 PCIe x16 graphics card with a whopping eight DisplayPort or DVI single-link outputs. The company even suggested throwing an additional card into your rig for a... hang on to this one now... sixteen display monster configuration!

Alright, so we're wondering what exactly consumers will do with eight outputs--that would make one massive desktop (and a lost of mouse work). Matrox Graphics conveniently has the answer. "The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," said Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics.

On the technical side, the PCIe card provides 2 GB of memory, resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 per DisplayPort output, and 1920 x 1200 per DVI output. The card also features various desktop management modes including independent and stretched, and can even be configured with many other M-Series cards.

Obviously, this card won't come cheap. Consumers wanting a wall full of PC gaming goodness will need to fork out a whopping $1995 USD for one card. Matrox Graphics is also offering a cheaper, dual-monitor version as well, the M9128, costing consumers a meager $259 USD.We're not exactly sure what kind of horsepower the card's GPU will bring to the table, but it does support OpenGL 2.0.

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  • festerovic
    Way to play off the least attractive "feature" of the new gen of cards to try to stay in the game with nvidia and ati. Why not try graphic horsepower and sub $1000 cards LOL.
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  • curnel_D
    "Consumers wanting a wall full of PC gaming goodness will need to fork out a whopping $1995 USD for one card."

    I cant even begin to explain how exceedingly ignorant this sentence is.

    No one in their right mind will buy any Matrox card for any sort of PC gaming.
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  • megamanx00
    Considering that the ATI 5000 series cards can each support 6 display port monitors, through daisy chaining, and that a 5770 is likely more powerful than that matrox card, just about anyone would be better off with two 5770s.
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  • Honis
    Matrox has always been the # of monitors king. They have also been the performance lemming. They make Intel integrated graphics look like the cutting edge of performance.

    Eight monitors, wouldn't that put the monitor seam right down the middle again? (uhg)
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  • Zoonie
    "The M9188 is designed specifically for professional monitoring environments that require visualization of large amounts of data at once to enhance mission-critical decision making," said Ron Berty, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics.
    As you can see, Matrox isn't even targeting gamers with their products. They're only in the professional sector since about a decade ago.

    Consumers wanting a wall full of PC gaming goodness will need to fork out a whopping $1995 USD for one card.
    This sentence was written by Tom's Convenient.. I mean Tom's Hardware, so no need to bash Matrox.
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  • Spanky Deluxe
    Seriously, how can Matrox still be afloat?
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  • kingssman
    $1299 for an 8 port card seems reasonable compared to buying 4 graphics cards and have no pcie slots left. This setup is for linux boxes and airport monitors as well as displaying stock charts or multiple security cameras or running your own digital tv station.
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  • Camikazi
    Spanky DeluxeSeriously, how can Matrox still be afloat?They sell pro products for multi monitor single card solutions, don't think any other company could compete with them and still can't. You don't need to sell video cards for gaming to make money.
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  • Shadow703793
    Spanky DeluxeSeriously, how can Matrox still be afloat?Because they diliver products like this for a niche audience.
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  • climber
    It's sad how 3DLabs died out but Matrox survived, since Matrox is Canadian, I believe, perhaps the Canadian Gov't kept them afloat with subsidies? I was a real 3DLabs workstation graphics fan back in the day. Time does moveth along.
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