Success: 10 Screens on a Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jkheit, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. jkheit Guest

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    So for those following the epic of getting 10 screens going on a Mac Pro, the overall result is SUCCESS!!! With a few caveats. You can see the original threads here:

    http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,5299.0.html
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1507542&highlight=10+screens


    First, super big prop/credits go to calvintml and netkas forums that were a huge help.

    Second, the gear.
    - I have 6 Apple 30" Cinema displays for my desk (@2560x1600) and 4 Samsung 65" pro displays for my wall (@1920x1080p). The 6 Apple displays all have an active Apple DVI to minidisplay port adapter. The samsungs use an HDMI to passive Monoprice mini-displayport adapter. That's a lot to drive.
    - I used 1 PowerColor eyefinity 5 (in slot 1 as that is a double wide card). I used 1 XFX HD-577X-Z5F3 eyefinity 5 card. Both cards have 5 mini-displayport ports. THIS IS IMPORTANT: You can only drive 2 of the Samsungs on each card as the cards can only drive 2 passive displays; if you put more than 2 passive displays on one card, you're going to have a bad time. There is no flash on either of these cards. They just boot "dark".

    Third, the caveats.
    a- So the displays generally work well.
    b- For some reason, iPhoto will run but not show any photos and will artifact a trail of bitmap garbage when you drag windows over it. I'm not sure if anyone has suggestions on how to fix this.
    c- I'm sure there are some other caveats that I have yet to discover (I'm posting here only after just getting things running).
    d-The other bummer is that while you can still find the PowerColor card, you cannot find the XFX single slot card. Which is a shame as I'd love to get another one.
    e- It seems any eyefinity 5770 or 5780 should work as long as you do not leave in an Apple card (which will mess with the new card's ability to self assess its ports).
    f- Playing movies spanned across a bunch of screens works pretty well, but at certain ridiculous sizes, the quicktime player just blanks the window out.



    FUTURE STUFF:
    -Anyway, I suppose that there will be some 7xxx cards that will come out that might be able to do this. There are some eyefinity 6 cards out now, and if you "only" need 6 cards, you can just get that, put it on slot 1 and you're golden. The problem comes when you need more than 6 displays. It means you need cards in slot 1 and slot 2 that only use one power cord (at least if you don't want to hack around with a second power supply). I'd also like a single slot card for the second display so I can use the other 2 slots (for an SSD card, and a video input card (for video games ).

    -As far as I know, the only single slot eyefinity cards are the XFX 5770 (works great but unavailable--if you have one, I'd love to buy it off you), XFX 6770's (which I understand requires a decent bit of kernel messn-around) and none in the 7xxx family that support 5/6 displays.


    Anyhow, I attached the display prefs screen to show the 10screen arrangement and a dump from SysInfo.app of the cards/displays.




    ATI Radeon HD 5000:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 5000
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x68b8
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Displays:
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY74114QXMP
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY6320C4UG1
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY0190JXXMP
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    SyncMaster:
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: 90
    Television: Yes
    SyncMaster:
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: 90
    Television: Yes


    ATI Radeon HD 5000:

    Chipset Model: ATI Radeon HD 5000
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-2
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x68b8
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Displays:
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY030064XMP
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY0030HWXMP
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    Cinema HD:
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Display Serial Number: CY03006EXMP
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03
    SyncMaster:
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: 90
    Television: Yes
    SyncMaster:
    Resolution: 1080 x 1920 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: 90
    Television: Yes
     

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  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    I think I speak for many of us when I say you should take a picture so we can see it. :D
     
  3. brand macrumors 601

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    Seriously, I looked all through the links and there were no pictures. WTF?
     
  4. d-m-a-x macrumors 6502

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    the display preference arrangement window is good enough for me
     
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  8. jkheit thread starter Guest

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    If a picture is worth....
     

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  9. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    Awsome!
     
  10. firedept macrumors 603

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    Wow, nice set up. Was it worth the time and expense? Do not really need a dollar figure, as I think I have rough idea of cost, but how long did this take you?
     
  11. Derpage Suspended

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    What are you gonna do with all that screen space? DIY holodeck?
     
  12. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    Dude, this is like my dream setup for editing. Think about it 6 monitors for final cut and 4 more with youtube, facebook, twitter, hotmail and macrumors opened in separate windows on safari

    Totally Jelly :cool:
     
  13. Brownmastiff1 macrumors newbie

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    Not that I want to add to the conspiracy - I believe you have 10 screens working - but in the video I only count 7 - 3 on the desktop - 4 vertical
     
  14. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    I wondered if anyone was going to mention that. Hehehe :D
     
  15. ActionableMango, Mar 28, 2013
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    ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    I see 10

    There are 3 laying flat facing upward under the glass table. It must have been interesting to mount those.

    Great job!
     
  16. jkheit thread starter Guest

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    This is pretty subjective. I use this for work *extensively* and this has paid for itself many times over. So in the pure ROI sense, yes, it's well worth it.

    Also, I like this kind of thing, so getting the design and tech going is very rewarding to me personally.

    Lastly, I kept the video purposefully dark/hidden. We've been developing a pretty insane product that is part of this and should be made available in 5/6 months time. Its ridiculous and cool. Just the R&D and implementation process (this is the first prototype) has been super fun. Its been about 2.5yrs of R&D (not full time as I have a full time gig that keeps me really busy).

    So on a whole bunch of levels, it's been worth it. For someone else, it may be a total waste. Just depends on what floats your boat. As always, YMMV. :)
     
  17. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    i wanna see a picture of this 10 screens is insane
     
  18. firedept macrumors 603

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    Thanks. Was not sure if this was for work or your own pleasure. Being for work, I can understand its worth. Long time to do, but if you are like me, the troubles and successes of doing it is what it is all about. Plus the knowledge gained. Kudos to you.
     
  19. jkheit thread starter Guest

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    The journey is the reward, right? ☺
     
  20. TjeuV macrumors 6502

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    Wow, just wow!
    I thought six monitors was already absolutely awesome ...
     
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  22. GXPvince macrumors regular

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    Whats the writing on the "TVs" for? :D
     
  23. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Ha! Dang! I totally missed that.

    Coolness!
     

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