Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SUPER PC: Choose The Right Graphics Card for Your Computer

Most price conscious multi-monitor customers that i have encountered  are always looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade their current single monitor computer into something similar to a SUPER PC multi display machine. Those with just a little bit of tech background and good advice can achieve this goal for next to nothing!  1st, Figure out the exact computer model (or motherboard model) and we can help you choose the best multiple monitor video card option available based on your computing needs! If you don't know either of those, you may e-mail a digital picture of the inside of your computer, so it can be determined which type of expansion ports are available. If you are looking for a specific Video Card that you don't see here, just let us know and we can quickly provide it for you! If you aren't familiar with installing computer hardware, we highly recommend taking a look at these powerful and affordable Multiple Monitor Computers. Check out the AMD video below for tips on installing your multiple monitor graphics card.
Good luck! 

SUPER PC:How to Setup Multi-Monitors: Multiple Monitor Settings For Windows 7

SUPER PC | Multiple Monitor Settings: Instructions for Windows 7
While your computer is off, plug in the amount of monitors that you wish to use
into the back of the computer. (If you're not sure which display outputs best fit your needs, click here.) It doesn't really matter which port you plug each monitor.
Then turn on the computer. All of the monitors may not come online until you set them
up in the display settings located in your Control Panel. When using Windows 7 it should
detect and enable each monitor automatically once plugged into the computer.
Windows 7 Settings:  Start Menu > Control Panel > Display
1)   Right Click on your Desktop and select Screen Resolution from menu.
      Or go to your Control Panel (change to small icons) and choose Display.
2)  A small window will pop up that will look like the following image:  
3)  Separately, click on each numbered blue box to highlight it, and choose the option called
      Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor from the menu called Multiple Displays.
After you enable each of the monitors, click the Apply button. All of the monitors should
come online, if not already on. We recommend using the your monitor’s native resolution
for the best video performance.
4)  To arrange, click the Identify button. You will see a number on each blue screen.
      Use this to guide you, to drag and arrange the “Blue Numbered Boxes” into
      any configuration that you would like. Then click Apply again.
That should do the trick! You won’t have to set this up again, unless you want to
change your monitor arrangement. It will automatically remember your settings
every time you restart your computer. Now it’s time to have some amazing fun!

SUPER PC:Mounting Multiple Monitors on a Stand

In order to mount multiple monitors on a single stand or or onto wall mount, you will need monitors that are VESA Mount compatible. This means that your monitor will have to have four bolt sockets on the back of it in order to mount the monitor to the stand. VESA stands for Video Electronics Standards Association which means that the video and electronics community has come up with an industry standard for mounting displays, in which all of the manufacturers of those products adhere to. In the case of display mounting, there are two possible mounting hole arrangements you can have on the back of your monitor. These arrangements are 75mm and 100mm hole patterns. It is not incredibly important for you to know which of these  VESA patterns your monitor has, as long as you can tell that you have the four bolt holes on the back (in the middle). This is because all of the multi-monitor stands that are available on the market are compatible with both 75mm and 100mm VESA hole patterns.

SUPER PC: How to Run Multiple Monitors on a Single Computer System

How to Run Multiple Monitors on a Single Computer System
There are only two components you will definitely need in order to run multiple monitors on your computer system. You will need computer hardware that can support multiple monitors and you will need the monitors. Then, there are other components like Multi-Monitor Desk Stands that are not essential, but will keep your monitor arrangement organized and looking impressive. Using a multi-monitor stand will also allow you to arrange your monitors in levels that you can't achieve with a flat workstation desk.
We have included links throughout this Tutorial that lead to the specified products.

Types of Multiple Monitor Hardware
You will need to have either internal or external computer hardware that can support the amount of monitors you wish to use. The best way to support multi-monitors is to have a computer with the proper multi-monitor graphics card configuration that supports the amount of monitors you intend to use. Here are the three Hardware Options that are available to support multiple screens.

Buy a Multiple Monitor Ready Computer - Although this is is one of the more expensive solutions, this option is recommended for those who need the most stable and reliable solution, with the best performance. It's also the easiest option for the technically challenged. Our multi-monitor computer systems are competitively priced to compete with ordinary computer systems.

Dual Monitor Computers - Quad Monitor Computers - Six Monitor Computers - Eight Monitor Computers

Install a Multiple Monitor Graphics Card inside your PC - Most personal computers only support a single monitor. However, you can replace your current graphics card with a multi-monitor graphics card.

Use an External Multi-Monitor Display Adapter - This option is the most inexpensive solution to add an extra monitor to your computer. It converts a USB port into a VGA or DVI monitor output, depending on which type your monitor This solution would only be recommended for home users who will mainly use the extra monitor for Surfing the web, viewing documents, and other simple and mild graphical situations. You can add an extra monitor per adapter you install, but make sure you have enough USB ports available. It would not be recommended for professional users or video intense environments.

  • External Multiple Monitor Controller Box - This solution allows the user to transform a single monitor output into multiple outputs. This is a great solution for anyone, but especially for those who wish to have a portable multi-monitor solution that they can use with any computer. This way you can transfer your monitors or multi-monitor array to any other computer system. For example: You can use it with your desktop at home, but can also take it with you while traveling and use it with your laptop.

  • Matrox External Multiple Monitor Adapters - Matrox has developed two external multi-monitor adapters in which you can add multiple monitors to your computer. The Matrox DualHead2Go will transform a single VGA or DVI output into a dual monitor output. The Matrox TripleHead2Go will allow you to support three monitors. If you are using these adapters with your laptop's external monitor port, you can achieve three monitors with the DualHead2Go and four monitors with the TripleHead2Go (this includes your laptop screen).     
  • USB Powered External Display Adapters - Using a USB Display Adapter is the probably the least expensive solution to add an extra monitor to your laptop or PC. You can add an extra screen per adapter you install. You just have to make sure you have enough available USB ports on your computer. This solution is recommended for the casual user who wants to add an extra monitor or two for webs surfing, reading documents, and other low impact activities. This solution, although fairly reliable, is not recommended for the Professional user, or for video intense environments.

Arkview Multi-Display USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA/HDMI... by ComputerTV

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SUPER PC, NVIDIA & Indiana Universities Advanced Visualization Laboratory

Here is an image of a 24 monitor video wall helped design for Indiana Universities Advanced Visualization Laboratory. 25 million pixels of resolution at 8196x3072! Let know how we can help consult you with all of your visualization needs.

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL)  is the main support unit for visualization-related activities at Indiana University. The Lab seeks collaboration with University faculty, staff, and students to deliver more engaging and impactful application of advanced visualization technologies in research, education, creative activity, and community outreach. AVL promotes, maintains, and provides open access to a variety of advanced hardware and software resources and offers a range of consulting and development services utilizing staff expertise that spans a variety of areas related to visualization. AVL delivers services through three functional groups: the Visualization Displays and Systems team, the Scalable Visualization and Virtual Reality team, and the Advanced Digital Arts and Media team.

 * The Visualization Displays and Systems team designs, deploys, and maintains a variety of advanced visualization displays, computer systems, interface devices, and data acquisition systems. This team implements Research Technology’s vision of a tiered visual cyberinfrastructure at IU with a combination of a few centralized, high-end systems per campus and a larger number of mid-range systems distributed across departments and buildings to complement ubiquitous desktop workstations and grid-based visualization workflows.
* The Scalable Visualization and Virtual Reality team provides expertise in a range of software-based visual techniques, including scientific visualization, information visualization, interactive virtual reality environments, visual simulation, and 3D modeling and rendering techniques. The team develops scalable, sustainable, and repeatable workflows using a combination of visualization hardware, open standards, open source and commercial software, and custom software extensions. The team partners with local and national groups to expand services, leverage cyberinfrastructure, and to advance open community projects.
* The Advanced Digital Arts and Media team embodies IU’s long and successful history of supporting the innovative use of advanced IT in creative endeavors. For the arts, the team uses a range of hardware and software to develop custom displays, sensor systems, and interactive interfaces to help realize the artists’ creative visions. For advanced media forms, the team proactively explores new technologies, prototypes workflows, provides hardware resources, and educates users. The team partners with key university departments and initiatives, including the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, the School of Fine Arts and the Telecommunications Department at IUB, the Media Arts and Sciences program at IUPUI, and the IU Cinema.

Turnkey High-Resolution, Visualization Display Solutions
Quadro Plex 7000 provides the flexibility to be set up with any certified PCI Express® x16 platform and is certified on the industry’s leading professional  applications. The optional rack mount kit enables Quadro Plex systems to be installed within any standard 19” rack environment ¹ and only take up 3U of vertical space.
The Quadro Plex 7000 solution drives up to 36 megapixels across eight displays for simple and economical installations of ultra-high-resolution, multi-display wall environments. Span any application seamlessly across multiple displays, and visualize large datasets in immersive stereoscopic 3D. By deploying Quadro Plex solutions throughout an enterprise, professionals can create collaboration and interpretation environments for faster time to insight.

Monday, October 15, 2012

SUPER PC answers the question, "What are display outputs?"

Display outputs are the ports on the back of your multiple monitor graphics card, which can accept a connection with a multi- monitor display. The following pictures illustrate the outputs you might find on a multiple monitor AMD graphics product:

Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
DisplayPort (DP)
Mini DisplayPort (mDP)
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
Video Graphics Array (VGA)

If you have any questions as to which display port is right for your mult-monitor enviornment, feel free to visit  or contact us via phone @ 877-320-8502.

SUPER PC proud to present New Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE multi-monitor adapter offers HDCP compliance and drives three digital monitors from your PC or Mac

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The TripleHead2Go Digital SE adds up to three
additional displays to your laptop or desktop

Let help Transform Your Laptop or Desktop into a Triple-Monitor Platform and Drive More Applications, Copy-Protected Content, and Captivating Digital Signage

SUPER PC will be proud to offer Matrox's new TripleHead2Go Digital SE external multiple monitor adapter. Transform your Mac, or PC laptop or desktop to support triple displays per digital output for a multiple monitor experience like no other! Read Matrox's press release below for more information.
Montreal, Canada, October 3, 2012 — Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced the Matrox® TripleHead2Go™ Digital SE external multi-monitor adapter, which expands your system’s single-video output into an immersive triple-monitor setup so that you see and do more. This new Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) connects to a compatible system's DisplayPort™ or Mini DisplayPort video output or Thunderbolt™ port and lets you add three external DVI monitors, each with maximum resolutions of either 1920x1080 @50Hz (PC) or 1360x768 @60Hz (Mac). New High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliance meanwhile enables the playback of copy-protected content, such as Blu-ray discs, across all three monitors. Compatible with a wide range of GPUs running under Mac or Windows, TripleHead2Go Digital SE yields a cost-effective multi-monitor platform for office, trading, digital signage, CAD, ProAV, houses of worship, content-creation, and simulation-training applications.
“We’re pleased to expand our TripleHead2Go product line,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “TripleHead2Go Digital SE features improved usability for our customers, offering a simple and easy way to add three displays to a notebook or desktop PC. TripleHead2Go Digital SE is a versatile product that delivers an excellent multi-monitor setup from basic office applications to high-end 3D simulation and training environments — its unique design leverages the GPU performance of the system to deliver uncompressed graphics and video across all three displays — a true multi-display solution.”
Furthermore, accompanying Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software lets you optimize your multi-monitor experience through the customization of where and how applications open up among a vast array of other settings. Bezel Management, one of PowerDesk’s many features, available under Microsoft® Windows®, compensates for the gap in an image resulting from the bezels of adjacent monitors. TripleHead2Go Digital SE consequently delivers captivating digital signage, immersive simulation, and expansive gaming across multiple monitors.
Multi-GXM support, another feature designed to maximize your workspace, enables two TripleHead2Go Digital SE's to be connected to one system under Windows. Users can then operate up to six external monitors at once and create visually stunning video wall setups or multi-screen presentations, further illustrating the TripleHead2Go Digital SE’s value and versatility as a key building block of your next ProAV installation.

Pricing and availability

The new Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital SE is available as of November 2012.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.

Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with representation and offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 Industrial Capture and Streaming Card

The way it works is the SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 receives the feed from the video source which can be DVI, HDMI, VGA or Component (adapters included) and then the feed is sent to The HD Wave where it is encoded and broadcasted over the internet.  All of this is done in real time and delivering an HD stream from glass to glass in under 3 seconds.

•Dual channel DVI/VGA capture card (PCI-Express)
•Four Lane PCIe bus with a maximum data rate of  480MB/sec
•  Maximum analog RGB capture resolution of 2048 x 1536 x 24bit
•Maximum DVI capture resolution of 1920 x 1080 x 24bit
• On card processor for real time mode and sync detection
•Support for multiple cards allowing up to 32 capture channels. (32 cards)
• Direct DMA driver software and Streaming driver
•High quality down scaling
• Support for YUV 4:2:2, RGB 5:5:5, 5:6:5 and 8:8:8 video formats
•High performance DMA to system memory or direct to graphics memory with scatter gather
•Support for separate H/V sync, Composite sync or Sync on Green
•16 cropping windows per capture channel
•Includes WDM streaming drivers and the SUPER PC XtremeRGB application software.
•Fully integrated with the EMS Wall Control software for video wall applications.
SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex1 is also optimized for operation with the EMS range of graphics cards.
•Support for Windows XP/ Server 2003.
•EMS SDK included for software developers and also Directshow samples.
The SUPER PC  XtremeRGB-Ex2 is an ideal solution for applications that require the capture of DVI or Analog VGA sources in real time.  Typical applications include:

- Viewing Analog or DVI sources from PCs, MACs, Industrial/medical equipment, cameras and other video equipment.
- Recording Analog or DVI video sources.
- Streaming video applications.
- Video/Data Wall Controllers

RGB Streaming:

For streaming applications, the XtemeRGB-Ex2 can be used with Windows Media Encoder to compress and stream captured video. To replay the video, use Windows® Media Player. Any application compatible with Windows DirectShow technology can use the XtremeRGB-Ex2 due to its built-in WDM support.

SUPER PC XtremeRGB Software:

The SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 is supplied with a powerful software application for configuring the timing and format of the input sources and displaying the data.  Simply connect your external DVI or Analog source into the card, run the SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 application to automatically detect the video source format and display the captured video in a window on your desktop.  You can also use the software application to record and capture the Analog data at high frame rates and play it back using the SUPER PC PhynxRecorder and PhynxPlayer applications.

Hardware Overview:

The XtremeRGB-Ex2 has a dual capture channels supporting up to 1920x1080 DVI or 2048x1536 VGA resolutions.  The SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 captures the Analog/DVI data and triple buffers it into onboard storage.  This data is then copied using DMA to the host system for display, storage or streaming. Whenever the DVI/VGA data is displayed the SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 sends the video data directly to the graphics card or via system memory (uer option).  The SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 direct transfer to teh graphics cards card increases the performance. The SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2 sends portions of the captured data to the video channel and instructs each channel to use its graphics engine to update the data.  This utilizes the hardware and dramatically increases performance.

Models SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex1  -  A single channel PCI-Express capture card.
Models SUPER PC XtremeRGB-Ex2  -  A dual channel PCI-Express capture card.


· Board Format: PCI-e x4 low profile card, 68.9mm x 167.6mm PCI-e bus master with scatter gather DMA providing maximum data rate of 480Mb/s 

· Connectors: Two DVI-I type connectors 

· Maximum Sample Rate: 170Mpixels per second analog RGB or 165 MHz DVI Analog modes up to 340MHz pixel clock can be captured using dual-pass sampling  :

· RGB:  24 bits per pixel / 8-8-8 format 

· Video Capture Memory: 32 MB, triple buffered 

· Analog RGB Mode Support: 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200, 1920x1080, 2048x1536, custom modes 

· DVI Single Link Mode Support: 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, 1600 x 1200, 1920x1080, custom modes (HDCP not supported)

· Input Mode Detection: Automatic detection of input modes in hardware, enabling the tracking of mode changes in the source signal.  Pixel Output Formats: RGB:  5-5-5, 5-6-5 or 8-8-8 pixels. YUV:  4:2:2, UYVY, YUY2, YVYU  

· Update Rate: User defined, typically 60 frames per second, limited by available PCI-Express bandwidth max 480MB/s. Triplei-buffered to eliminate tearing artifacts 

· Video Format Options: Analog RGB plus HSync and VSync (5 wire),  Analog RGB with Composite Sync (4 wire),  Analog RGB with Sync  on Green (3 wire). -> Progressive.   DVI Single Link.  

· Operating System Support Windows® XP, Windows® Vista and Windows® Server 2008 (x86 and x64)

· Power Requirements: Max current at +3.3V – 0.25A, Max current at +12V – 1.2A, Max power –  15 Watts. 

· Operating Temperature: 0 to 35 deg C.

· Storage Temperature: -20 to 70 deg C.  5% to 90% non-condensing.

· Anbalog input range: Min 0.5Vpp Max 1.0Vpp

· Input Offset: +/- 2V

· Hsync: 15Khz – 110Khz

· Vsync: no hardware limits, typ. 25Hz – 200Hz for real signals

· Separate Sync  Polarity: Positive or Negative. ( Separate H & V sync, Composite Sync)

· Sync on Green Polarity: Negative

·  Inputs: 75 Ohm Terminated

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SUPER PC | Multiple Monitor Quad Display Array | NEC Brand VESA Mount LCDs

NEC Displays are for those who want the best quality VESA mountable LCD screens for their multiple monitor environment! All of our NEC brand LCD Displays come with a comfortable Three year Warranty (Four Years for some models) to ensure that your investment is protected! To purchase this NEC Multi-LCD Display, simply choose the Monitor Model/Size you prefer from the option menu above, and click on the Update Price button, before adding the item to your shopping cart. This Quad LCD Array will only work with a proper hardware configuration. Below, we have outlined the various hardware options which will support this multiple monitor display! We have also provided links to the specifications of each LCD model in the options configurator. We strive to offer the lowest prices for multiple monitor arrays and will attempt to match, or beat the price of the competition, for identical specifications. If you need assistance choosing the right model for you, please don't hesitate to contact us and one of our experts will consult with you for free!Get more productive and efficient with SUPER PC's NEC Multi Monitor Array Display. Not only will your physical workspace become more organized, so will your computer's desktop environment! Using Multiple Screens will expand your creativity & increase your productivity. While you might not realize it now, using multiple monitors is actually easier and more intuitive than using only a single monitor. It only takes a few minutes to see how each interactive monitor increases your work flow potential! You will begin to visualize your ideas in a refreshing new way!

Important: How to Use this Product? To use this Quad Monitor Array with a single PC or Laptop, you must have internal or external computer hardware that will support the use of four monitors. This is not a common feature for most computers. There are several ways in which you can utilize this NEC Quad LCD Multi-Monitor Array. The following solutions are available in the options above, for your convenience!

1) You can purchase a "ready out of the box" SUPER PC Quad Monitor Computer System
2) You can replace your current Graphics Card with a Quad Monitor Graphics Card price! (Recommended)

    For most users we recommend the following video cards for best performance, compatibility, and price!
3) You can use an External Multiple Monitor Adapter. There are several kinds available in our store:

  • Xtreme4VS Quad Screen Video Wall Controller. This controller converts a single DVI or VGA output into 4 Outputs with many options of control. Great for Desktops and perfect for Laptops with VGA Output (Achieve 5 Screens with Laptops) (Recommended)
  • Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition - If you have a desktop computer with a Dual Monitor Graphics Card you can use two of these adapters to achieve four screens. Use one adapter with each monitor output to double your outputs. To check your computer for compatibility, click here. (Recommended)
  • Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition - If you have a desktop computer with a Dual Monitor Graphics Card you can use one of these adapters to achieve four screens. To check your PC for compatibility, click here.
  • USB to VGA Adapter - This adapter allows you to add an additional VGA monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need two of these to achieve four monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need three.
  • USB to DVI Adapter - This adapter allows you to add an additional DVI monitor through a USB port. If you have a dual monitor graphics card, you would need two of these to achieve four monitors. If you have a single monitor system, you would need three. Make sure you have enough USB ports.
4) You can use four separate computers (or two dual monitor computers). 
  • However, windows across computers will not be interactive with each other. This usage of the multi display is recommended for organizing multiple computer environments. By adding an appropriate KVM switch, the user can control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse station.