View Full Version : DVI Splitter

15th May 2008, 05:29 PM
Hey guys.

Just wondering, having a Mac Mini with the most crippled graphics chipset known to man, would I be able to run a DVI splitter so as to run 2 monitors from the Mac Mini? Or are the graphics too bloody underpowered?

If I am able to run this, can someone recommend a splitter for a decent price? It has to have at least 1 DVI output. The other can be VGA or DVI. Doesn't matter.


15th May 2008, 05:34 PM
No, it's too under-powered.

You could get a Matrox Dualhead2Go, but a) it costs almost as much as the Mini does itself, and b) because of the lacklustre GPU, you're limited to a pair of screens at 1024x768, no bigger.

If you need more than one screen, upgrade to an iMac.

15th May 2008, 05:35 PM
Nope, not in the sense of a PC graphics card that combines two outputs into a single plug.

You'll need something like the Matrox DualHead cable which is actually electronics to make the Mac think it has one big WIIIIDE screen and output to two separate screens one half each.

15th May 2008, 05:38 PM
Ah ok.

Are there any other USB/FireWire graphics cards that work well, or is it just the one mentioned above?

15th May 2008, 05:58 PM
There's the DisplayLink (http://www.displaylink.com/mac_beta_drivers.html) system, which lets a Mac Mini make use of VGC (virtual graphic card) technology such as those made by IOGear, but the solution is once again almost as expensive as the Mac Mini itself. Plus, there is no 2D acceleration nor any 3D support at all.

15th May 2008, 06:51 PM
Those monitor splitting solutions based on USB/firewire are shit, don't use them unless you like laggy video.