A humorous thing about CES is that every year, there's always a couple of buzzwords that you can't ignore. "3D" has been a big one in recent years, as has been "cloud", "ultrabooks", "superphones' and so on. This year, a major buzzword is one that really caught fire throughout 2012: "4K". We're of course talking about display resolutions here, though exactly how it's used varies.
While true 4K displays are going to take a while to catch on due to their cost (we are talking ~8 million pixels+, after all), some companies have found ways to use the buzzword elsewhere, such as GIGABYTE. At CES, the company is showing off its dual-Thunderbolt motherboards that are able to drive a 4K resolution with up to four displays, made possible with the Intel HD4000 found in the latest Core i5 and i7 processors.
Though the term doesn't seem to be set in stone, "4K" generally represents resolutions that are 1080p x 4, in which case the total pixel count would be at least 8,294,400. GIGABYTE's dual-Thunderbolt motherboards can handle that no problem, with the company touting a supported resolution of 3840x2400, which would be an effective 9,216,000 pixels.
I'm not exactly sure if this 4x1 display arrangement GIGABYTE has shown off is targeted at the end-user, but it looks to be a dream for those working with massive projects where many things need to be monitored at once.
Gigabyte makes quality gear as most enthusiasts know. So their name brand recognition goes a long way with me. Because of the price, a 4K screen is probably not in my near future, but Gigabyte motherboards and video cards certainly are.
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realneil, this would definitely be a setup that you and I could only dream about for the time being.. I would also have to go the more expensive route and purchase a 4k TV as 4 monitors slapped together no matter what the resolution and quality is not a screen I could look at for more than a few seconds the giant crosshair in the middle of the screen created by the bezels would drive me NUTS.
I am sure more than a few out there will give this a try though with big budgets. I remember when I had the fastest GPU available when SLI came out and I said who would pay that much to own 2 identical expensive cards... well here we are with everyone doing it and single cards that cost more than an SLI setup back then.
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