Running a PC with a Gigabyte motherboard, dual Thunderbolt ports and four monitors? You might want to consider revising that NVIDIA Surround setup into makeshift 4k display. Gigabyte has announced that it will soon be issuing updates for its Z77 motherboards to include support for Intel Collage technology, allowing users to split a 4k video signal between four HD monitors. Not a bad trick, considering the cost of native 4K displays. Intel's Collage feature is available to any manufacturer interested in implementing it, but Gigabyte is proud to be the first out of the door. All you have to worry about is training yourself to ignore that unsightly monitor bezel.
GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt™ Motherboards Debut 4K Resolution on Intel® Collage Technology at CES 2013
Intel HD Graphics Power 4K UltraHD Video Streams on Four Standard Displays
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Taipei, Taiwan, January 8th, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced support for 4k display resolutions using multiple standard 1080p displays with Intel® Collage display technology. The new collage feature is available from an Intel® graphics driver update that needs to be individually implemented by motherboard companies before it is available to the user.
Using only the Intel® HD4000 Graphics of any 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 or i7 processor, GIGABYTE dual Thunderbolt™ motherboards with the new 4K Collage Graphics driver can power an Ultra HD 4k resolution video stream across four regular displays. Intel® Collage display technology is simple to setup, using dual Thunderbolt™ ports that can be split into a total of four digital streams giving an incredible combined Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels.
"Our implementation of Intel's new Collage display technology means that GIGABYTE's exclusive dual Thunderbolt™ motherboards are first to power the very latest Ultra HD resolutions across four of today's standard displays", commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "Offering a wealth of possibilities in commercial markets that include digital signage, surveillance, medical and more, we're also excited to offer PC DIY customers the opportunity to enjoy 4K resolution support with a simple driver update on their existing hardware, and without a VGA card!"
"We are excited about our collage display feature in our Intel platforms with 3rd generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors using Intel HD Graphics", said Zane Ball, Intel's General Manager for Desktop platform. "GIGABYTE's implementation of two Thunderbolt ports enable consumers to connect four monitors via splitters to a single system and experience UltraHD resolution and is a great example of the innovation enabled on these GIGABYTE Z77 motherboards with Thunderbolt."
Intel® Collage Technology
Vertical Collage Mode Setup using a total resolution of 3840*2400
Two DisplayPort to Dual-DisplayPort adaptors were used in GIGABYTE's testing and implementation of the Intel® Collage Display feature.
The new graphics driver is expected to be available for download from the GIGABYTE website by the end of January, 2013. You can find more detailed information including a setup guide and component compatibility list on the GIGABYTE website here: http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/323/4k.html. More pictures are available in a photo album on the GIGABYTE Motherboard Tech Column facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GIGABYTEmotherboards/photos_albums
You can also find a short video introducing GIGABYTE 4K display support and Intel Collage display technology here: