Best DVI adapter for SGI 1600sw lcd?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by fairnymph, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. fairnymph macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2007
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I need to get a DVI adapter for my SGI 1600sw LCD, which I would like to continue using with the mac pro I'll be getting in a week.

    I am currently using an adapter that goes into my PCI slot on my g4 powermac, but there are no PCI slots on the mac pro.

    My options are the SGI multilink, and the pix-link adapter. The price is essentially the same ($270-300 shipped).

    What I can't find is much info on which is better. The little info I can find indicates that both work well. Both allow the same adjustments/calibration from what I can tell. The pix-link is a little more stylish looking (aluminum case to match), and I may not be able to buy a new multilink adapter (as they are no longer in production), whereas the pix-link adapter will be new for sure.

    Another thing is that if better ACDs come out, I will likely want to switch to them, so resale value of my monitor + adapter combo is a factor as well.


  2. kimhill macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Did you ever find any more info on this?

    Did you ever find any more info on this? I'm interested in this, too- for a MacBook Pro.

    I did find some interesting recent SGI 1600SW info here.
  3. brycenesbitt macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2008
    The pix-link runs cooler, and has far fewer parts (thus should be more reliable). But it's very hard to find.
    See also . And be sure to sell that PCI card on eBay, it still goes for $200+ new.
  4. kimhill macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Thanks! Especially for the tip about the PCI card - I had no idea. I actually have two PCI cards for the 1600SW - a Formac ProFormance 3 and a Number Nine Revolution IV - Are both models still marketable? Maybe I should just sell the whole thing if I can...

    Thanks again!

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