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.