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  1. Franklinwallbrown

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    My wife is working on a project: she wants to display her photography work on a series of 9 monitors, and I'm trying to figure out the cheapest way to do this. I know there are splitters, but I'm pretty sure you can't just keep putting splitters together and expect the monitors to work. I know that they make these adapters, and they say you can hook up 6 to one windows PC. These lead me to believe that I could buy 9 of them and use two computers. Anyone have any experience with them?
     
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    what are you gonna do exactly? display different outputs?, display one big pic across 9 screens?, or just mirror the same output to all 9 monitors?
     
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    I'm not quite sure but aren't cards nowadays can only accommodate up to 6 monitors? (Oh sorry, kinda late in reading that)

    Does it really have to be 9 monitors?
     
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    same image on all 9?
    no you can display more then 6
     
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    9 monitors, each switching between two pictures each
     
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    Should be doable with two amd cards(non-crossfired) which both support 6 screens?

    It'll be quite expensive though, you will either need a displayport splitter, or displays which support daisy chaining.
     
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    Does it have to be from a Laptop?
     
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    An intriguing problem. I suspect it'll end up being fairly expensive. Maybe three of these?

    Saphire Flex HD 6450
    SAPPHIRE FleX 100322FLEX Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit...

    These allow you to do 3 display EyeFinity without the need for a Active Display Port adapter. But honestly, having never tried making an array larger than 4 monitors, I'm not sure if AMD's drivers will allow you to create a 3x3 display array.

    An Eyefinity 6 edition card would at least give you 6 displays, but not without either 4 native display port monitors, or 4 active display port adapters.

    That's a tough one.
     
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    It would be nice if we could do it from our laptops, yes.

    Sapphire Flex tech looks good...but that would mean a whole new machine.
     
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    if you're gonna do it for the purpose of displaying pictures only, I think the cheapest and easiest way, at least for me, is to use three PCs,

    put in each one the cheapest AMD eyefinity card like the 6450 above and connect 3 monitors per PC.
     
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    Why wouldnt you put those 3 cards in one PC if you're gonna do that? Just curious.
     
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    That's what I was thinking...

    That's what I was thinking...
     
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    I couldnt find what the limit was though. As far as how far you can expand your desktop
     
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    I've found 6 to be the max on all of the ones that I've seen.
     
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    Monitors: http://www.multiplexpc.com/nine-monitor-display-s/95.htm

    You said that 2 will display the same thing, so that means you only need four unique displays, what about the final 1? (9/4= 4 and 1)

    A laptop will not be able to do this however, you will need a desktop. I'm not sure if one desktop can have two eyefinity (2x3) displays, but if it does, you only need one computer with two low-end (6450) eyefinity cards, and splitters at the end of those (it is possible that you might need powered splitters).

    Your budget for what I posted would be about $3500-$3700. From what I understand, it would be better to purchase the stand separately from the monitors, thereby reducing the cost significantly.
     
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    She would display them on the wall, hanging.

    She wants each of the 9 monitors to display two images switching back and forth.

    That's not what I was hoping to hear...I wonder where I could find out if I computer can support 2xeyefinity.

    I think the budget would change (for the better) once you took that huge display off and replaced it with 9 regular monitors.
     
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    Just an idea.. Does it have to be a pc or laptop? Probably would be easier setting up some monitors with HDMI in with some little media players that can play the pictures, one for each. I have no idea about the costs though. Probably cheap solutions will do it just as fine as the android based mini pcs, but i think android would be more flexible for the future. And you could manage them through network. Basically some large photo frames.
     
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    How large do the monitors have to be, and do you already have them? They make digital frames that maybe the same cost and size of a monitor.
     
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    because a tri crossfire mobo will cost almost more than the cards put together :)
     
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    These would be a good alternative...I believe.

    Now...I just need to find cheap monitors that display pictures well...

    She was wanting them to be at least 21.5"


    These look suspicious, but they are cheap.
     
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