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Matrox debuts world's first single-slot octal graphics card; supports 8 displays

Matrox Graphics has introduced a graphics card that's capable of simultaneously supporting eight displays.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor on

Specialized graphics manufacturer Matrox Graphics introduced on Monday a graphics card that's capable of simultaneously supporting eight displays.

The Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card can support eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs from a single workstation. The card offers 2GB of memory, resolutions of up to 2560x1600 per output and several modes -- independent or stretched desktop modes -- for use in energy, transportation, process control, financial, and other mission-critical industries.

Or, you know, your basement, if you're into that kind of thing.

The card can be combined with a second M9188 to drive up to 16 displays from a single workstation.

The M9188 offers support for Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP and Server 2003/2008, as well as Linux.

Specs for the M9188, according to the company:

  • Native PCIe x16 performance
  • Single-slot graphics cards
  • 2GB of memory
  • Drive eight DisplayPort monitors at 2560x1600 per display or DVI Single-Link monitors at 1920x1200 per display
  • Can be combined with other M-Series products (multi-card support)
  • Support for stretched or independent desktop modes across all monitors
  • Easy deployment and wide enterprise flexibility with unified driver package
  • Support for Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64bit), Windows Vista (32/64bit), Windows XP (32/64bit), Windows Server 2003/2008 (32/64 bit) and Linux

Matrox M9128 and M9188 Availability and Pricing The card will be available before 2009 comes to a close and will sell for $1,995.

Matrox is also selling the M9128 LP PCIe x16, which supports two displays and sells for $259.

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