Monday, February 8th 2016

Matrox Announces the C900 Graphics Card with Nine DisplayPorts

Matrox Graphics Inc. today announced Matrox C900, the world's first single-slot, nine-output graphics card that supports nine 1920x1080 displays at 60Hz. The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series line of multi-monitor graphics cards, C900 will be demonstrated for the first time at ISE 2016 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 9-12, stand 11-F48).

A special-purpose graphics card designed to power 3x3 and 9x1 video walls, Matrox C900's single-slot form factor and low power consumption at 75W offer digital signage and video wall vendors simpler integration and a lower cost of ownership. Its support for stretched desktop across all nine synchronized outputs lets users run any application full screen across a 3x3 video wall which makes the card ideal for signage installations in retail, corporate, entertainment and hospitality environments as well as control room video wall solutions in security, process control and transportation.

Matrox PowerDesk desktop management software for Windows is included with C900 to give users a comprehensive set of tools, including bezel management and EDID management, to easily configure and manage their multi-display setups. Advanced APIs are available to developers and OEMs to quickly build custom interfaces and applications.

"Three-by-three configurations are the sweet spot for many digital signage installations and control room video walls," said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "Now with C900, for the first time, nine Full HD displays can be driven from a single-slot card and system integrators can easily offer a turnkey solution to power three-by-three video walls. They also benefit from the premium technical assistance, long product life cycles and reliability that Matrox is known for."

Matrox C900 is a PCI Express 3.0 x16 graphics card with 4GB of memory that supports nine displays at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 per display or a total desktop resolution of 5760x3240 in a 3x3 display configuration. More displays can be supported by inserting two C900 cards or a C900 plus a Matrox C680 six-output board into a system to power 18- or 15-screen video walls. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays. C900 features nine mini-HDMI connectors, supports digital audio through HDMI and is DirectX 12 and OpenGL 4.4 compliant. It is compatible with Matrox Mura IPX Series 4K capture and IP encoder & decoder cards.

Matrox C900 will be available in Q2 2016.
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15 Comments on Matrox Announces the C900 Graphics Card with Nine DisplayPorts

#1
RejZoR
Is Matrox even producing their own actual chips these days? Or are they just chips from AMD/NVIDIA rebranded with extra multi-monitor features?
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#2
PHaS3
RejZoR said:
Is Matrox even producing their own actual chips these days? Or are they just chips from AMD/NVIDIA rebranded with extra multi-monitor features?
They use AMD GPUs now IIRC. Wish they would disclose which was in use. But I suppose for the use case it doesn't really matter.
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#3
Musaab
"The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series" popular?
didn't anyone tell them that this is 2016 not 1996. they have What? 0.5% market share maybe less.
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#4
uuuaaaaaa
Could this be a Polaris based card?
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Musaab said:
"The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series" popular?
didn't anyone tell them that this is 2016 not 1996. they have What? 0.5% market share maybe less.

They're doing ok afaik. Niches.
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#6
geon2k2
Musaab said:
"The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series" popular?
didn't anyone tell them that this is 2016 not 1996. they have What? 0.5% market share maybe less.

:) I guess it's popular among those who need 9 display ports :)
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jigar2speed
Musaab said:
"The latest card in the popular Matrox C-Series" popular?
didn't anyone tell them that this is 2016 not 1996. they have What? 0.5% market share maybe less.

Calm down Musaab, Matrox sells business Graphic cards (chips from AMD) and C -series in business is popular especially in BFSI and IT sector.
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#8
Musaab
jigar2speed said:
Calm down Musaab, Matrox sells business Graphic cards (chips from AMD) and C -series in business is popular especially in BFSI and IT sector.
With cards like NVS810 that can run up to eight 4k displays the 9x1080p card looks little a bit old.
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#9
Prima.Vera
We need a new Parhelia to compete with the AMD/nVidia.... To bad that is not going to happen.
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#10
jigar2speed
Musaab said:
With cards like NVS810 that can run up to eight 4k displays the 9x1080p card looks little a bit old.
Full HD is still mainstream resolution and offices don't need extra investment on 4K displays, plus it supports 9 display so its 1 extra on top of Nvidia card = Cost saving.
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#11
geon2k2
Prima.Vera said:
We need a new Parhelia to compete with the AMD/nVidia.... To bad that is not going to happen.
Its actually weird that so many companies which had and some still have GPU technology are not joining this market. Maybe the margins are not that good, or maybe they are so far behind that the effort required to catch up to AMD and NVIDIA is too big.

I'm thinking about ARM Mali, PowerVR, Qualcomm Adreno (older Ati Radeon tech, which AMD sold with like 50 mil) and many others. I know they are mostly for embedded nowadays, but this gives them pretty big resources and they certainly have the know-how to build a larger GPU.
Just add more compute units on a dedicated board and have fun.

Not to mention that Intel could easily create a standalone GPU. Intel even has drivers.
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#12
Rockarola
geon2k2 said:
Its actually weird that so many companies which had and some still have GPU technology are not joining this market. Maybe the margins are not that good, or maybe they are so far behind that the effort required to catch up to AMD and NVIDIA is too big.

I'm thinking about ARM Mali, PowerVR, Qualcomm Adreno (older Ati Radeon tech, which AMD sold with like 50 mil) and many others. I know they are mostly for embedded nowadays, but this gives them pretty big resources and they certainly have the know-how to build a larger GPU.
Just add more compute units on a dedicated board and have fun.

Not to mention that Intel could easily create a standalone GPU. Intel even has drivers.
Who'd by a new 'no name' GPU?
We would.
Who'd start screaming rage-posts when the first driver mistake appeared?
We would.
Who'd stay away from 'no name' GPU's, because of the first 50 Google search results?
Everybody else!
As enthusiasts we are sometimes our own worst enemy. (by 'us' I mean the highly vocal fanboys, overly critical know-alls and general moaners, not the average rarely-posting enthusiast)
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#13
Caring1
RejZoR said:
Is Matrox even producing their own actual chips these days? Or are they just chips from AMD/NVIDIA rebranded with extra multi-monitor features?
I thought the original multi-display Matrox cards used their own branded chips, but I could be wrong as I don't have one laying around to check.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
jigar2speed said:
Full HD is still mainstream resolution and offices don't need extra investment on 4K displays, plus it supports 9 display so its 1 extra on top of Nvidia card = Cost saving.
And nine outputs makes a 3x3 monitor wall. As shown in the picture.
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jigar2speed
Frick said:
And nine outputs makes a 3x3 monitor wall. As shown in the picture.
Agreed...
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