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Old 10-09-2007, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As an engineering project I want to build a video wall out of lots of monitors pieced together as a sort of video mosaic. Unfortunately I don't believe there is a cheap desktop graphics card which supports 16 outputs. I was hoping you guys could help me work out how to make this possible without breaking the bank???

USB20-VGA, Usb 2.0 Svga Adapter, Svga Adapter, Usb 2.0 To Svga Adapter
I could buy loads of these and build there own little housing into my project but I would need to really over do it on usb's, and the resolution is awful




Btw I found this which is rather interesting:
NVIDIA has just released a monster external graphics solution for people who have exceedingly high demands for pushing pixels. The Quadro Plex 1000 is a set of graphics processors enclosed in its own box, capable of rendering 80 billion pixels per second and powering multiple monitors with a combined resolution of up to 148 million pixels. It doesn't come cheap: prices start at $17,500, and it is intended primarily as a networked rendering solution. It requires one or two free PCIe slots (yes, you can buy two and run them in SLI mode) to connect it to your computer.
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I belive their are External USB graphics cards you can by. I read an article about them on Tomshardware months ago. You can be some decent gaming ones, but they alsp make cheaper ones for just a basic output.

ALthough, I'm not quite sure how you'd go about outputting to multiple monitors using multiple USB video cards.
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well the above link is a usb graphics card on the cheap and it is fairly awful
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Ohhhhh. Wait wait wait wait. I'm sorry, I just now understood what that thing was.

That just hooks up via USB and outputs video that your graphics card renders.

I was talking about an actual external graphics card, like this one, ATI to release power-hungry external video card? - Engadget .

That article is very old. I saw an external graphics card at a local PC parts store where I live, for under 60 bucks or so. I wasn't sure if you're looking for an actual external graphics card, or if you wanted to know how those USB to VGA adapters for outputting video are.
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no read the specs that is an external graphics card lol with its own resolution max output and colour rate
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aww dam some one stole my idea of external video card.
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should of patented it . Is no-one going to help me on this???? tell me some cheat ways to use say 4 dual port cards to power 16 monitors???
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