[MBP 4.1] Expresscard GFX for 1600x1200 display

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cjoy, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. cjoy macrumors member

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    I'm looking for a decent supplement graphics card that allows me to hook a second external monitor (cintiq 21UX @ 1600x1200) to my 2008 MacbookPro 4.1 (Penryn).
    Ideally, I'd like to use the expresscard slot for this purpose. I've tested a low cost USB device already, but it's refresh lag is too bad.

    That said, I certainly dont need it for gaming. Just the usual office and design suites.

    Any hints/advice are very much appreciated. :)
     
  2. Anonymous Freak, Nov 18, 2010
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    Try a Matrox DualHead2Go, it uses your existing graphics chip and video output. It basically appears to your computer as one double-wide monitor and outputs that to two physical monitors. (They even make a triple-head version, and versions that are natively DisplayPort, so you can use two Apple displays.)
     
  3. cjoy thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you for the advice.
    the device you mentioned doesn't work since my primary display has a very high resolution (2560x1440) that requires both lanes of the mbp's DVI-port.
    also, having both displays recognized by OS X as individual screens is a must, as I use my main in 90° rotation at times.

    I've also come across VillageTronic VTBook (Expresscard) that would support the resolution needed, but the specs read 65°C as the maximum notebook temperature... I know CPU temps are a lot higher than the temps to be expected in the expresscard slot - but with regular spikes to 90°C when under load, a 65°C cap seems too much of a risk.

    there are also magma PCI-E enclosures with an Expresscard connector that could do the job - but 750$ + the cost for a compatible PCI-E gfx card is far too expensive.

    ...so, still looking.
    if anyone has an idea - I'd be most happy to hear about it :)
     

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