Looking for a DVI Splitter

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by AubreyL, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. AubreyL macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered a mac pro on Apple's web site today and went with the base model for $2799. I am going to hook it up 2 and eventually 3 monitors so for this reason want to get a DVI Splitter. i have seen www.monoprice.com mentioned for their splitter, http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10113&cs_id=1011302&p_id=4073&seq=1&format=2

    I haven't seen many others except for one mentioned by iOmega and ATEN. I am interested in any opinions of this splitter or others. I don't need anything for sound or USB, only DVI video. Also, I'm looking at suggestions for good DVI cables to use with this or whichever splitter I use and would appreciate any help. Thanks!!
     
  2. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    I'm wondering why you need this. You do know that the standard card will run 2 DVI monitors in either extended desktop or mirroring mode, don't you? Adding another monitor (or even 2) is as simple as adding another graphics card.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You cannot split a dual-link DVI port to drive 2 screens via a single port. You know that right?

    Each card can only run 2 screens unless you use a product like this.
     
  4. markw10 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking for a similar solution The displays in my case will be in different locations so I am looking for something that will do the same image on all displays, not different displays.
    I dont know the prices of all the splitters on the market but if it's just as cheap to buy a 2nd video card to mirror my display for the 3 displays that may be the best choice. For example I was looking into the NVidea 8800 but chose the stock card that the Mac Pro comes with. If I add a NVidea 8800 could I then use the two DVI outs (it has 2, right)? that it comes with for the 2 displays I will use the most often and then the ATI's video out for the 3rd display that isn't as important to me (since it's a lower end graphics card?) Or can I add two video cards like that that are different?
    I was also looking at some splitters and will look at the above link. I just looked at the link given in the OP's msg and I had the idea also this could be used to drive additional monitors from one DVI port on a card but is this not true?
     
  5. markw10 macrumors 6502

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    Obviously I'd like to save money so is there a specific brand or place online I should look at to get a 512GB 8800 GT Card? Once I get it does it matter which slots I use to install the cards?
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you don't buy an Apple one it pretty much won't work in OSX. It'll work in Windows though. For details of why please do a search
     

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