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Sapphire VID-2X Display Expander Review - PAGE 1

- Thursday, March 1st, 2012 Like Share



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1.Introduction and Specifications
2.Closer Look: VID-2X
3.Conclusion



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Randome Mar 2, 12
quote The review
...The VID-2X eliminates the need for special hardware or software...
Oh really? This device itself is "special hardware".

quote The review
Output Format
2 x Single Link (max 1920 x 1200) DVI
2 x HDMI also supported via adapters (not included)
Why not? A product like this should have at least 3 different outputs.

quote The review
To function, the VID-2X requires a small amount of power which is provided via the included power cable. The cable uses a modular design which allows it to be plugged into either an outlet or a USB port. It also comes with enough adapters to ensure the power cable will work across different regions. The adapters are easily attached to the power cable thanks to the modular design, so even if you are traveling abroad the VID-2X will work without the need for additional adapters.
Odd that the cord can be plugged into the wall. It would make a lot more sense to just plug it into the computer.


Also odd that a thing like this isn't already built into laptops and low-end video cards.
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Vagabond Mar 2, 12
quote Randome
quote The review
...The VID-2X eliminates the need for special hardware or software...
Oh really? This device itself is "special hardware".
Haha, good point.

quote Randome
quote The review
To function, the VID-2X requires a small amount of power which is provided via the included power cable. The cable uses a modular design which allows it to be plugged into either an outlet or a USB port. It also comes with enough adapters to ensure the power cable will work across different regions. The adapters are easily attached to the power cable thanks to the modular design, so even if you are traveling abroad the VID-2X will work without the need for additional adapters.
Odd that the cord can be plugged into the wall. It would make a lot more sense to just plug it into the computer.

The power cable can either be plugged into a wall outlet or a PC USB port. I was just making the reference that it would work in other regions if a USB port is not available.
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ashantiqua Mar 6, 12
Does it work for games? Not just cloning, but as an extended display, using only one video-output source from the gpu? In other words, using one gpu and one output from the gpu, can you get the same effect as using two outputs from the gpu?

If so, say youre running 3 monitors from your gpu set up, yielding 5xxx X 1200 or whatever it is... Could you use 3 vid-2xes and yield 6 monitors properly displaying the game??
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Randome Mar 8, 12
quote ashantiqua
using one gpu and one output from the gpu, can you get the same effect as using two outputs from the gpu?
No way.
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Mark Holmes Apr 25, 12
quote ashantiqua
Does it work for games? Not just cloning, but as an extended display, using only one video-output source from the gpu? In other words, using one gpu and one output from the gpu, can you get the same effect as using two outputs from the gpu?

You can configure the unit for either 'clone mode' (display mirroring) or 'stretch mode' (new desktop real estate) Each Vid-2X unit has one input and two outputs. So for each compatible (either Dual Link DVI or DisplayPort) 'video output' from the graphics card plugged into a Vid-2X unit you can drive two displays.

If so, say youre running 3 monitors from your gpu set up, yielding 5xxx X 1200 or whatever it is... Could you use 3 vid-2xes and yield 6 monitors properly displaying the game??
Yep ! From 3 compatible outputs you can drive 6 monitors and display the game (or any other application) across the entire array ! Obviously depends on the game supporting your chosen resolution but most recent games are coded with multi monitor set-ups in mind and scale beautifully.
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