22 Nov 2012

PC Motherboards start to support 4K video

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Awareness of 4K video has reached motherboard manufacturers as Gigabyte announces their first motherboards that support a 4K output.

There are no real standards for 4K delivery yet (although HDMI 1.4 does support 4K resolutions at 24p) so any current solution has to rely on multiple connections using existing standards, and this is what Gigabyte has done. Their "TH" model motherboards have Intel-certified dual Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt complies with the DisplayPort 1.1 standard, which gives support for 2K resolution. By using two ports together, and connecting to a monitor that supports 4K and dual DisplayPort inputs, users can view 4K video.

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One such monitor is the Eizo FDH3601, which has a native 4096 x 2160 resolution on its 36.4 inch screen.

Whichever way you look at it, this is not a solution for everyone. The Eizo costs $35,700, making it $10,000 more expensive than Sony's 84" 4K Bravia!

David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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