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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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By Runiteshark on 9/27/2006 7:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
And of course this isn't PCI-E 1x! No no, those slots are for dust, not for such things as useful cards.

Seriously, if a IGP board has IGP graphics, then they will most likely have a PCI-E 1x slot, and since there is so few PCI-E 1x cards anyway, why don't they just use that instead? Its not like they will be transmitting anything super-bandwidth heavy that would warrant the use of 4x anyway.

RE: Idiocy
By johnsonx on 9/27/2006 8:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
The idea is that this card goes in the x16 slot that would otherwise be used for an add-in graphics card. See, if you have a graphics card, then you can't use this anyway.

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