AMD DisplayPort graphics card unveiled

By on December 7, 2007, 9:42 AM
The folks at Hot Hardware have managed to get their hands on an ATI RV635XT board, one of the first graphics cards to launch with full DisplayPort support. Although they claim to have been testing it out for a while, they are not offering any hard numbers just yet. They have posted some pics for you to check out, though.

The DisplayPort standard is a new license-free, royalty-free digital audio and video interface which is expected to replace DVI and VGA connections eventually, at least when it comes to computers, since HDMI will likely continue to be used in consumer electronics such as set-top boxes and DVD players.

One interesting new feature that DisplayPort brings to the table is its daisy chaining capability, allowing multiple monitors to be connected to a single graphics card socket. AMD’s DisplayPort-supporting RV635 chip is expected to debut early next year as the Radeon HD 3600 series.

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buttus said:
What I find a bit nutty about this Display port is that...I am (literally) just about to get a new LCD monitor for Christmas and it has both DVI and HDMI connectors. Now they are throwing in the Display port which now makes me feel that my new monitor is obsolete before I even get it.Too many companies are changing too many technology standards far too often in an effort to artifically create market demand. If product sales start to slow down then hey...let's introduce a new industry standard. USB will be going to 3.0 shortly (and even wireless USB), DVI to Display port, HDMI went to 1.1 and now sits at 1.3 and of course the biggest offender of all is Intel who annually changes their chipsets and sockets forcing far too often upgrades.Stop the bus as I want OFF!!!
Rick said:
With UDI out of the way (which I'd blame on Intel's requested royalty fees), DisplayPort seems like the popular choice for PC enthusiasts. The interesting thing is, the [b]VGA[/b] interface STILL provides enough bandwidth for very high resolutions for very large displays. DVI, VGA's digital successor, is actually less capable than VGA in that regard having to hack together 'dual links' and such, which is - in a geeky way - pretty funny. Simplified, everything since have really just been 'bells and whistles' since then.Given DVI's limitations though, we really DO need a flexible, high-bandwidth, digital display technology to move into the future. DisplayPort is just that. So maybe once DP picks up, we won't have to 'upgrade' for awhile... Just a thought.
Julio said:
I have to agree how this sucks for us buyers... it's a long tradition of PC technology making the earlier jumps to innovative technologies but in the road we (buyers) can easily get stuck with transitional tech... DVI and VGA should still be around for quite a while so I wouldn't worry too much about these. In the other hand, things like CPU/motherboard platforms and chipsets are way past out of control IMO.
PanicX said:
[b]Originally posted by Rick:[/b][quote]The interesting thing is, the [b]VGA[/b] interface STILL provides enough bandwidth for very high resolutions for very large displays. [/quote]VGA is also very limited by cable length. Want to use the VGA port on a ceiling mounted projector? Don't expect resolutions above 1024x768.The biggest pain with video port changes that I've come across are KVM devices. Even now there relatively few DVI capable KVM's and those that support DVI are not cheap.
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