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Multiple Display Support for CAD Workstations

Posted by cadhardware

Sep 12, 2012 3:18:18 PM

The most compelling reason to install multiple GPUs is to drive multiple high-resolution displays. The secret's out that "multi-mon" is the single best way to improve your productivity. Anyone who's gone to two displays (or three — or more!) will tell you they could never go back to one. And more graphics cards can display more pixels across more monitors.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, Display, CAD

New Accelerated Processing Units for CAD from AMD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 15, 2012 4:51:24 PM

AMD launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for CAD and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Processors, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, AMD, Video Cards, CAD

AMD Introduces New Workstation Graphics Cards for CAD

Posted by cadhardware

Aug 8, 2012 2:37:35 PM

If you've upgraded to the latest CAD software applications and your workstation is feel a little, well, overworked, AMD just might have the answer you've been looking in its latest line of workstation graphics launched this week.

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Topics: Workstations, Displays, Graphics Card, GPU, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Mobile Workstations, AMD, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 3: Rules of Thumb

Posted by cadhardware

Jul 5, 2011 6:35:11 PM

Previously in this series, we've talked about using Eyefinity with older displays and how to find the right adapter for non-DisplayPort monitors.

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 2: Adapters to the Rescue

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 30, 2011 3:54:21 PM

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

The Advantages of Eyefinity for CAD, Part 1: DVI Monitors and DisplayPort Graphics Cards

Posted by cadhardware

Jun 28, 2011 3:17:48 PM

Eyefinity drives 3 or more displays simultaneously.

Eyefinity lets you drive 3 or more independent displays simultaneously from a single low-power FirePro graphics card. This technology is great for CAD users because it enables you to multi-task different workflow applications on each display or span a single CAD application across multiple displays as one desktop workspace. Check out this video showing using a three-display configuration driven by a single laptop and then tell me you don’t want it.

DisplayPort for Graphics Cards and Display Manufacturers

Whether you are talking AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro, DisplayPort has become the standard output port for both consumer and professional graphics cards. Yes, there are legacy DVI ports on some cards and there are even cards specifically designed to address the legacy market (e.g., FirePro V5800 DVI). But largely the debate about standards is over, and DisplayPort is here to stay. (I have written about the advantages of DisplayPort previously.)

But while the graphics card manufacturers embraced DisplayPort early on, the display manufacturers (Apple aside) have only recently made the switch. Beginning in 2010, Asus, Dell, HP LaCie, Lenovo, and NEC released more than 80 displays supporting DisplayPort. But there are still a lot more displays released with only the less expensive DVI or VGA input connectors.

So What Do I Do with My Older Monitors? Can I Still Use Eyefinity?

So what do you do if you have a display/monitor released before 2010 that only has single-link or dual-link DVI inputs? Or perhaps more interestingly, what if you want to set up a 3- or 4-display visual workspace for your CAD workflow using Eyefinity, but some or all of the displays you plan to use only have DVI/HDMI/VGA inputs?

Next, I'll talk about DisplayPort adapters that can help you do just that.

Author: Tony DeYoung

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Topics: Workstations, Hardware, Displays, Graphics Card, Graphics Cards, Eyefinity, Video Cards, Dell Workstations, Display, CAD

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