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 Post subject: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayPort?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:10 pm 
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Small/ Smallest Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 LCD via Dual link DVI-D / DisplayPort?

REQUIRED:
a - VIDEO:
- Barebones Box/ Ready Box / Motherboard/ Case:
I'd like find the smallest box/ machine / Barebones or HTPC Media Streamer Box that has
the Video Hardware to support & Drive 30" 2560 x 1600 LCD at Native Resolution
- On board or added Video Card:
Integrated or Dedicated GPU to support this resolution (Intel, AMD or NVidia - No preferences here, any of them will do)

b - PORTS:
- Dual link DVI-D
AND / OR
- DisplayPort

ADDITIONAL BONUS:
- eSATA/ USB 3.0
- LAN/ Gigabit LAN
- WiFi (Optional)


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:24 pm 
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Mac Mini?


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:26 am 
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Intel NUC?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6444/inte ... g-hands-on

It outputs as HDMI, but a quick adapter could change it into something you want.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:48 am 
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Cant seem to find any Mini iTX with BOTH built in Dual Link DVI and DP.

Are there?

If not..
- Should I account for a Videocard that will support both?
- Should I increase the search size to Micro ATX?

Is NewEgg the best place to search for different MoBo with parameters or is there some Comparison/ Tabular Search and Filter engine where I can filter through various Mobos?

PS: I know the adapters are there but they are expensive 100$ and I'd pay for that but are not consistent across OSes & other machines. I will be using the LCD with some laptops also.

The more adapters and dongles you add you increase the possible points of failure.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:56 am 
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Maybe something like this:

Zotac ZBOX ZBOXNANO-AD12-PLUS-U
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6856173046

Has a single Displayport out running from the onboard HD7340, as well as USB3, eSATA and Wifi. Also pretty darn small :). Should have enough oomph for video-related tasks so long as you're running an OS/player that can hardware accelerate video decoding using the GPU.

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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:36 am 
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m1st wrote:
Intel NUC?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6444/inte ... g-hands-on

It outputs as HDMI, but a quick adapter could change it into something you want.


Do you mean higher than 1080p via HDMI? So is there some kind of HDMI to DL DVI-D Adapter?

Please do share.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:38 am 
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mentawl wrote:
Maybe something like this:

Zotac ZBOX ZBOXNANO-AD12-PLUS-U
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6856173046

Has a single Displayport out running from the onboard HD7340, as well as USB3, eSATA and Wifi. Also pretty darn small :). Should have enough oomph for video-related tasks so long as you're running an OS/player that can hardware accelerate video decoding using the GPU.

Is there something out there which can do both:
2560 x 1600p over -
- Dual link DVI-D
AND
- DisplayPort | MDP | Thunderbolt (backward compat with DP)

Preferably Mini-ITX or grow it to Micro-ATX


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:57 am 
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crashnburn wrote:
Is there something out there which can do both:
2560 x 1600p over -
- Dual link DVI-D
AND
- DisplayPort | MDP | Thunderbolt (backward compat with DP)

Preferably Mini-ITX or grow it to Micro-ATX
The older MacMini A1283 had a MDP and mini-DVI. The newer ones have HDMI and thunderbold.

I don't know about the PC world. But it might be easier just to go for a mITX mainboard you fancy and get a low-end graphics card with two ports.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:20 am 
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Cistron wrote:
crashnburn wrote:
Is there something out there which can do both:
2560 x 1600p over -
- Dual link DVI-D
AND
- DisplayPort | MDP | Thunderbolt (backward compat with DP)


Preferably Mini-ITX or grow it to Micro-ATX
The older MacMini A1283 had a MDP and mini-DVI. The newer ones have HDMI and thunderbold.

I don't know about the PC world. But it might be easier just to go for a mITX mainboard you fancy and get a low-end graphics card with two ports.


Since this is such an uncommon combination, now I am thinking in that direction. So let's say I update this as following, what would you suggest:

mITX board (Low priced if possible, but reliable)
- USB 3.0 | eSATA
- GigE RJ-45

Video / Graphics Card (Low low price since I am not gaming at all)
- Supports: 2560 x 1600
- Dual Link DVI-D
- DP | Mini DP
- Small / Compact / Low Profile
- Low Power | Low heat

Bonus if it can drive both together or multiple of the above ports

Bonus if MoBo has Thunderbolt (This might make it more expensive so this is not REQUIRED, but NICE TO HAVE).


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:34 am 
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Cistron wrote:
Mac Mini?


Which Mac Minis can do both?


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:52 pm 
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crashnburn wrote:
m1st wrote:
Intel NUC?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6444/inte ... g-hands-on

It outputs as HDMI, but a quick adapter could change it into something you want.


Do you mean higher than 1080p via HDMI? So is there some kind of HDMI to DL DVI-D Adapter?

Please do share.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Defin ... _Interface

Pls see the "Version Comparison" chart. HDMI has supported 2560x1600 since HDMI spec 1.3. It'd just be a matter of getting a cable that works.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Box to drive 30" 2560 x 1600 via DL DVI-D/ DisplayP
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:16 pm 
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m1st wrote:
crashnburn wrote:
m1st wrote:
Intel NUC?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6444/inte ... g-hands-on

It outputs as HDMI, but a quick adapter could change it into something you want.


Do you mean higher than 1080p via HDMI? So is there some kind of HDMI to DL DVI-D Adapter?

Please do share.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-Defin ... _Interface

Pls see the "Version Comparison" chart. HDMI has supported 2560x1600 since HDMI spec 1.3. It'd just be a matter of getting a cable that works.


Easier said than done. I need to have a Dual-Link DVI-D for this display. I havent been able to find any such cable / adapter on the market.


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