Subtitle: Including the Gigabyte GTX1060G1
When you work with computers day in and day out you really begin to appreciate your peripherals. You can and should carefully select your Keyboard, Mouse and Screen setup.
In our case this involves choosing the best components to do the job; and today I focus on driving multiple screens from a single computer and single Graphics Adapter
No Gaming Please
Over the years I have migrated from multiple PCIe graphics cards in a single computer to just one to drive a multi monitor landscape on which I can interact most productively
The last iteration was the Gigabyte GTX 960 described here.
It seems my solution involves purchasing a powerful multi port Gaming card which means
- Entering the bizarre website world of the gamer
- You will be introduced mainly to the importance of weird stuff like being able to have an LED lit graphics card
- And being able to change the colour of the lighting on your card (which you could see if your computer case has a perspex side screen)
- But on the plus side you get multiple ports and a fast response from them
This Nvidia 1060 based card from Gigabyte has no less than 5 ports and can drive 4 of them concurrently.
The card is 2 slots wide and plugs into a single PCIex16 slot. Take careful length of the card to see it will fit in your motherboard case i.e. not bump into something on the motherboard or case edge.
The top DVI-D socket is now only useful for older monitors
You get 3 DisplayPorts each capable of handling a 4K screen or in fact upto a 7680x4320x60Hz screen. I know: bonkers!
And last a HDMI 2.0 port supporting upto a 4K screen (4096 x 2160)
With Unlimited Resources?
If cost was not a limiting factor I would attach 3 Dell 8K UP3218K monitors on 3 DisplayPorts only
Back to Reality
In reality, in the land of definitely finite expenditure I've chosen to connect
a) 4K TV (see my article here ) via HDMI 2.0
b) My 6 year old HP ZR30W screen on DisplayPort [NB This screen is old and also very power hungry at about 130 Watts comparing with only 60Watts for newer 4K screens]
c) A relatively new Iiyama 4K screen on DisplayPort
The Idea Then
So a single server houses the Nvidia 1060G1 Card
For economy this server is also my workstation
The Card enables 3 High resolution screen attachment (with the chance to add a 4th screen in the future!)
I don't attach screens to other computers but ssh, telnet, vnc, Remote Desktop into those headless systems displaying their usually graphical desktop window on one of the above screens.
The server OS allows the customisation of multiple screens into one logically huge screen. And I choose to scale up 4K screens to 125% so that the windows are legible to me.
The recommended Gigabyte GTX1060G1 is a high performance gaming card. It's almost sleeping with the load that I am driving it with. If however you really want something faster I'd recommend the Gigabyte Geoforce 1080 Ti card with water cooling, oh and 11GB of onboard memory. Bonkers.
Using a enthusiast level, gaming graphics card from Gigabyte enables me to drive multiple 4K screens simultaneously on a single Workstation. And multiple screens give you the flexibility to have multiple open and discrete windows active to give you maximum productivity.