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01 Jan 2011 04:04 AM  
I was wondering if anybody here has ever found a shop that sells displayport cables here in thailand. I need a mini displayport to displayport cable, but have looked everywhere and can't find one. I am hooking up an eyefinity set to a 6970 graphics card and 3 lcd's. The third lcd has to be displayport. The graphics card has a mini displayport connector and the lcd has a standard sized displayport connector. Thanks for the help
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01 Jan 2011 09:22 AM  
Anubanbri - I wish I had a solid answer for you, but in my experience wandering around Pantip and Fortune Town for hours looking for such a cable, they're impossible to find here.

Maybe someone else knows.

As a last resort consider either www.pccables.com or Amazon.. and if they won't ship directly try www.shipito.com forwarding service. There's a few reviews on them in the articles section.

Are you building a gaming rig? Let us know how it works out for you.
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01 Jan 2011 09:35 PM  
Thank you BkkSteve. I live upcountry, so I haven't yet made it to Panthip to look for the displayport cable. I have, however, scoured the local websites for displayport. I bought my displayport lcd from Dell, and believe it or not they don't have displayport cables. Dcom, Synnex, Jedicool, JIB, Hardwarehouse, Advice, InvadeIT, HP, NEC, Acer, Asus, Gigabyte and AMD are some of the websites and companies I have contacted. I've called so many head offices and talked to so many sales people, most of whom are clueless. I emailed the NEC care center, since they do sell Displayport monitors. After writing an email, and stating in it, that I didn't want an HDMI cable, DVI cable or a VGA cable, they replied by saying that they talked to the tech dept and I wanted a VGA cable.

Exasperatiing! I almost made the trip down to BKK the other day, but figured that it would be fruitless.

One interesting thing that one of the AMD people told me is that hopefully next month we should start seeing more displayport cables here in Thailand. I am not sure why, and couldn't get him to explain further.
I think that I will order the cable from stateside, it just sucks that I will end up spending somewhere between 2200 -3000+ baht for a cable that should be about 500-1000 baht.

To answer your question, yes and no. I am building an all around computer. Media Center, Gaming rig, photoshop editor and all around every day PC. I will keep you updated.
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01 Jan 2011 10:04 PM  
I understand your frustration. I've made the same journey and reached the same answers. They just don't have them here. Most don't even know what they are, and the rest point you to adapters which you can't use when using the Eyefinity with a third monitor..

Personally I've become comfortable ordering from the states. I signed up for the $50 a year consolidation package at www.shipito.com and have found all kinds of uses for the service. Everything from bed sheets (cheap on Amazon, a fortune here in Thailand), to computer parts not yet available here.. Amazon, Newegg, etc.. they ship the packages to my warehouse address provided by www.shipito.com, consolidate 6-7 boxes into one, and then 4-5 days later its here in Thailand. In fact, I have a box full of computer parts I couldn't find here sitting at the post office now which I hope to pick up tomorrow and start a new build with.

Sounds like a great computer. For sure keep us posted. Not many bother with two monitors much less three.. so very interested in that part. I run two DVI monitors from my workstation and one 50" Plasma HDTV. I have the 5970 card and really wanted to run all three from the same card, but it was impossible to find an 'active' DP to HDMI adapter.. and when I did find one it was over $100. For 1200 baht I got a second 5450 card at Pantip with native HDMI and the latest audio hardware codecs.. so a better solution and cheaper price..
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02 Jan 2011 03:12 AM  
Just found a cable in Singapore. I've been looking all over Hong Kong, Taiwain and Singapore sites, but just found some on Ebay singapore. God knows what I will get or when I will get it but it is around 500baht and free shipping. I couldn't find brand name cables for sale in any of the mentioned locations, but I figured that I would give it a try. I might end up wasting 500Baht, but hey, I'll be the guinea pig and possibly end up saving 2000++ baht in the long run.

The cable mentioned is a mini displayport to displayport cable 10' long. The seller has a good rating with almost 99% positive feedback out of over 2700 purchases.

I'll keep ya posted!

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130456474993&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:SG:1123#ht_742wt_905
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02 Jan 2011 06:07 AM  
Sounds good. I wouldn't worry about generic brand 'digital' cables. HDMI, DVI, DP.. if it's an electronically sound cable it will work just as well as a megadollar Monster cable.

Analog cables you need to worry about quality.. speaker wire, component cables, etc..

Haven't even considered Ebay Singapore before.. that's a great idea. Let us know how ot works out for you.
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10 Jan 2011 04:19 AM  
YES, it just arrived today. So far so good. The cable took 8 days from order to arrival. For 500 baht delivered to my door, for a male to male 10' mini displayport to displayport cable, not bad. Much cheaper then ordering from the states or Europe. I am used to having 2 monitors, so the whole multi monitor thing isn't new to me.

I will mainly be using the 3rd monitor as a tv or for when I play games in the eyefinity 3x1 setup. However, I now have a slight dilema. I was planning on upgrading my cpu and mainboard to the new Intel i7-2600K processor on a p67 chipset.
After playing some games with eyefinity, I have realized that the 3 differend sizes of lcd monitors isn't ideal. (22" viewsonic at 1680 x 1050, 26 samsung T260 at 1920 x 1200, 23" dell U2311H)
I really like my new Dell u2311H, it is a beautiful monitor. It is also good for the eyefinity setup because it has a thin bezel. So I might get 2 more u2311H monitors. Then upgrade the cpu later. I'm also closely watching the SSD drives. I have been eyeing the REVO drives, the new Sandforce and also the Crucial C400. What to upgrade first? Hmmm

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10 Jan 2011 06:20 AM  
Good news that it arrived. I'll have to try Ebay over here and see how it works.

You're right.. the monitors need to be at least the same resolution and size..

Consider sticking with a 1366 socket i7 with the x58 chipset.. the bus bandwidth is more and it sounds like you'll need it with gaming video cards, SSD's, etc. It would suck to buy all the fast stuff and then find our your bus is the bottleneck.

Enjoy!
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10 Jan 2011 06:51 AM  
Thanks! I've been aware that my monitors being of different resolutions was going to be a problem. In every day applications, it doesn't matter, it only matters during eyefinity gaming situations. It is useable, in games, as it is but not ideal. Normally, I set the monitors to their native resolutions. While gaming, I have to change all the monitors resolutions to the same as the smallest monitor. It is still a big advantage over having a single monitor, no, actually it is AWESOME.

You are correct about the bandwidth limitations. However, if I stick with a single card or 2 in crossfire, with a Revo drive I should be fine. The bandwidth on the 16x slots have twice the bandwidth as previous generations (unless I misunderstand). Most current P67 cards PCIe x16 slots revert to x8 when in sli or xfire mode. But that should be equivalent to x16 from previous generations.
I'm getting confused myself, so I'll stop now.

At the moment I am thinking that I will wait on the SSD drives, at least until both the Sandforce 2 and new C400 come out, as prices should be dropping. I already have 3 lcd's, so they can wait as well.
I'm really itching and want to upgrade my Core 2 duo E6550. It is holding up my new 6970. I'm not getting the best out of it. My poor old CPU just can't keep up. I'm just waiting on more of the CPU's and MB's to show up here in Thailand.
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10 Jan 2011 07:45 AM  
It sounds like you're really enjoying your system. It should always be that way.

I'd do some research on the bus issue. I've seen a few articles where they've tested the bus on 1166 boards and found with a single SSD and high dual GPU card (like my 5970) that the bandwidth was saturated. And that's before a USB3.0 external drive and some other options which are about to become more available and less expensive.

I just put a micro-atx 1366/i7-950 combo in a really small case with the Revo and 12gb of ram.. Awesome. The MB has USB3, SATA III, and all the newest codecs for home theater. Another week of testing and I'll be putting up a review. The Revo.. it's awesome. Now I'm kicking myself a bit that I didn't get the Revo 2..
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