Matrox Quad Monitor DisplayPort Video Cards

Matrox just released their triple and quad-monitor DisplayPort M-Series graphics cards.

They feature 1GB of memory and can output a large 2560×1600 resolution per output (max resolution is only available through DisplayPort… DVI only supports 1920×1200).  They are targeted towards business, industrial, and government applications, and have an equally businessy price at $400 and $630.

The Matrox M9138 LP PCIe X16 video card

The Matrox M9138 LP PCIe X16 video card

You can chain 2 of these cards together (a la SLI or Crossfire) to support 8 monitors… so you can feel like an evil genius in an underground lair.

There is no mention of its hardware acceleration capabilities.  Even if you didn’t use these cards for gaming, do they support OpenGL or offer any hardware acceleration for 3d applications or CS4?  Since the cards are fanless, I would imagine they don’t get very hot: which translates into low transistor count and poor 3d performance.

Honestly, I don’t know if these new Matrox cards are worth the money, even for business users.  You can easily purchase an ATI 4850 X2 (reviewed here) for $200 online, which has 2GB of memory, offers 4 DVI ports, but also has awesome hardware acceleration and works with today’s PC games.

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