I've got three monitors up and running with my new Quadro4 NVS 400. Many of you have not been able to witness the insanity first hand. Let me be clear: it rocks. There are many plus-sides and scarcely a down-side.
The good stuff:
- Dialogs no longer appear between two monitors. That was a real pain.
- 4800 x 1200. Yes, that's 4800 pixels of width. Deal with that. Oh, are you having a little trouble dealing with it? Well, deal anyway.
- E-mail on one monitor. Web browser on another. Calendar and other stuff on yet another.
- That's what... one... two... three monitors. Oh, it makes sense now.
- For whatever reason, this card integrated better with Windows 2000's internal multiple monitor support. Hence, Windows is now spanning the task bar only across the "primary" (middle) monitor.
- How do you people deal with only one monitor?
The not so good stuff:
- How will I deal with no desk space? Well, it's a little cramped, but there's still enough room for a phone and a pad of paper.
- The colors on the Sony E400 look... uh... green, compared to the surrounding ViewSonics.
- The NVS400 is only available as a PCI card. There is a notable decrease in 2D performance versus the AGP card I was using. I didn't expect this.
Also, I ordered an nForce board and a XP2100 ($170 for the pair) for my server at home. It was time to acknowledge the Alpha processor as a thing of the past. Sad.