REVIEW: Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Part 2
The blue box in which the TripleHead2Go Digital comes contains the following: the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) in the form of a small black metal box, a short Dual Link (24+1) DVI-D cable, a short D-Sub VGA cable, a USB cable, an information sheet on running the device on Apple computers, a Getting Started guide and a CD-ROM. On the latter are the installation and configuration software and a manual in PDF format.
Scope of supply for the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital.
The cables Matrox has included make a good qualitative impression. The same is true for the black GXM-metal box, which is well-made and gives the impression of solidity.
The TripleHead2Go represents a monitor for the graphics card and thus, neither a special graphics driver nor a special graphics card is needed. Hint: Because of the high maximum resolution of 3.840 x 1.024 pixels, there are graphics card which demonstrate limitations at the maximum resolution. With LCD monitors that support 58 Hz refresh rates, a resolution of up to 3.840 x 1.200 pixels is fundamentally possible. There is a compatibility list on the Matrox website with relevant information.
Illustration with the connectors Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital (Click picture for enlarged view)
Connecting the TripleHead2Go is as simple as connecting the monitor with a graphics card. The small, light 14 x 10 x 3.3 cm (L x B x H) GXM, weighing just 280 grams, can be connected to the graphics card either via analogue D-Sub VGA or digitally via DVI-D. Even just because of the high resolution, the DVI-D port should be favoured.
The graphics card’s DVI-D output should be Dual Link enabled, since otherwise the maximum possible resolution of 2.400 x 600 pixels is reduced. For a digital connection, the short Dual Link (24+1) DVI-D cable must simply be connected with the DVI output of the graphics card and the DVI input of the TripleHead2Go.
Then simply slot the USB cable included into the GMX and connect it with a free USB port on the computer. The TripleHead2Go is both supplied with electricity and configured via the USB cable.
Lastly, two or three LCD monitors are connected to the DVI-D outputs on the TripleHead2Go. The two exterior DVI-D outputs should be used when two LCD monitors are in use. We will concentrate on the use of three monitors in our test.
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