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Add DVI to your integrated graphics system

Sapphire has released its new ADD2 card for integrated graphics equipped motherboards and systems. The Sapphire ADD2 card takes advantage of the available PCI Express x16 slot designated for graphics and adds a single-link DVI video output. This is no way a graphics card upgrade but a video output expansion module. Nevertheless the single-link DVI output supports resolutions up to 1600x1200.

With the ADD2 card installed, systems with integrated graphics can simultaneously output to multiple displays using a variety of the onboard and ADD2 video outputs. As this is simply a TMDS transmitter on a low-profile expansion card, it does not require any cooling. Official compatibility is limited to Intel’s 915G Express, 945G Express and ATI RC410 chipsets. Nevertheless this card should work with all motherboards that support ADD2 expansion cards.

US availability is unknown at the moment, though it should arrive quite soon. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, though when asked at IDF, a Sapphire representative gave a ballpark range of around $20 USD, if not less.



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1600x1200?
By therealnickdanger on 9/27/2006 9:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose some IGPs may only be capable of that, but it would have been nice to see output of 1920x1080/1200 as well... Would the system recognize this as a second or third display output or would it just mirror the RGB output of the IGP?




RE: 1600x1200?
By Flunk on 9/27/2006 9:50:53 AM , Rating: 1
How many integrated video solutions can even handle 1600x1200? Especially with Vista coming up soon 1600x1200 is more than enough. If you need more you can just buy a graphics card.


RE: 1600x1200?
By Scorpion on 9/27/2006 11:47:04 AM , Rating: 2
Would have been nicer to have dual DVI on an expansion. But this is not for me and I'll never have to worry about something like this so I guess my opinion is moot.


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