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Mfr PN: T2G-D3D-IF
Our PN: MTXN5300019
Manufacturer: Matrox
Platform(s): Mac & Win


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Quick Overview

TripleHead2Go Digital Edition delivers the ultimate surround graphics experience for professionals and gaming enthusiasts alike. This versatile new product enables users looking to add three digital monitors to their workstation, desktop computer or notebook with a maximum resolution of up to 3840x1024 (triple 1280x1024).



Manufacturer Part Number: T2G-D3D-IF

The latest in Matrox's series of Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXM), TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is an external multi-display upgrade device that connects via the dual-link DVI or analog output of your system and can support both analog and digital monitors. Dramatically increasing Office Productivity for business professionals, providing an incredible Surround Design environment to high-end workstation users and delivering the most immersive Surround Gaming experience to gamers, the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is the ideal solution for individuals looking for a truly digital-to-digital experience.

Key features

  • Features a dual-link digital input for high-end workstations and DVI monitors.
  • Brings digital monitor support to systems with an analog (VGA) output.
  • Flexible device supports both dual-monitor configurations at a maximum resolution of up to 3840 x 1200 (2x 1920x1200)1 and triple-monitor configurations with a maximum resolution of up to 3840 x 1024 (3 x 1280x1024)1with digital or analog monitors.
  • Harness your existing graphics hardware's full capabilities for 2D, 3D and video.
  • Experience Surround Gaming by expanding supported 3D games across three displays; achieve a much wider in-game field of view.
  • Experience Surround Graphics and execute your workload faster by expanding your desktop across three displays.
  • Includes Matrox Monitor Bezel Management software feature for an enhanced gaming experience.2

Multi-display configurations

  • Use built-in display of notebook to achieve a quad display configuration.
  • Upgrade notebook to three external displays.
  • Upgrade integrated-graphics based desktop to three external displays.

Benefits of Monitor Bezel Management: Real life simulation
Matrox TripleHead2Go's Monitor Bezel Management technology is an exclusive software feature with the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition that effectively 'hides' part of the image behind the bezel of your monitor, and creates the effect of a continuous image-bringing a new realism to gaming in particular to simulation-type video games. By selecting this option through the Matrox PowerDesk SE3 interface, race simmers for example, can see the race track with the race track lines fully aligned from the base leg without the monitor bezels hindering their view, and allowing them to have a 'real-life' racing experience.

Supported resolutions

  • TripleHead display modes
  • Resolution, Refresh Rates
  • 1920 x 480, 60Hz
  • 2400 x 600, 60Hz
  • 3072 x 768, 60Hz
  • 3840 x 7204, 60Hz
  • 3840 x 7684, 60Hz
  • 3840 x 8004, 60Hz
  • 3840 x 9604, 60Hz
  • 3840 x 1024, 60Hz

Portability and installation
Light-weight and ultra-compact, you can easily take TripleHead2Go Digital Edition with you and experience all the benefits of a surround desktop at the office, at interactive customer design reviews or at LAN parties.

Unlike installing a new graphics card, TripleHead2Go doesn't require opening your computer, inserting parts into it, or replacing any hardware or software. Setup is as easy! Once the software is installed, it's basically just a matter of connecting your monitors.

TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is compatible with many professional and enthusiast class desktops and notebooks. A complete list of known compatible systems is available and will be regularly updated to reflect new system support.

Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition provides a completely new way to add multi-display support to a notebook, desktop or workstation. This external box connects to the dual-link digital or analog (VGA) monitor connector of a system and divides the signal for use with three separate digital or analog monitors. Each display can then be used to view different information. There are devices from other manufacturers that also divide the monitor output from a computer for two or more monitors, but they only serve to copy the same output. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition doesn't require opening a computer, inserting parts into it, or replacing any hardware. This solution uses the existing hardware of a system for 2D, 3D, and video acceleration.

Think outside the box
TripleHead2Go Digital Edition receives input from the dual-link digital or analog VGA monitor connector of a computer, but it also transmits information through this connection. This is done using EDID (Extended Display Identification Data), a standard data format used by computer monitors to inform a system of their capabilities. Included in this data is information on supported display resolutions. Resolution is measured in the number of horizontal by vertical pixels (the smallest display units) displayed at a time.

Additionally, the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition returns support for regular, VESA-standard single screen resolutions. Notice that a resolution of 3840x1024 is the equivalent to putting three 1280x1024 native monitors side-by-side horizontally and adding up the total resolution.

When you first restart a computer after connecting TripleHead2Go Digital Edition to it, the operating system detects a single new monitor and its settings. If this new monitor isn't the only one in the system (as with a notebook), it may need to first be enabled in Windows. You can check display settings in Windows by right-clicking the Windows desktop background and then clicking Properties > Settings. Here, you can select the number of the display you're using and make sure Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitoris enabled for that display.

After the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition 'monitor' is first enabled, that display will use a standard, single-display resolution. Since this resolution doesn't have enough information to divide over three displays, TripleHead2Go Digital Edition defaults to displaying information on a single monitor.

However, the more typical usage for this product occurs when one of the available ultra-widescreen resolutions (3072 x 768 or 3840 x 1024) is applied. With an ultra-widescreen resolution, the operating system continues to treat the monitor output as a single display (for example, for the purposes of selecting color settings), but TripleHead2Go Digital Edition automatically divides the display image into three for use with three separate monitors.

From the operating system point of view, the multi-display provided by TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is similar to the stretched mode available with Matrox multi-display graphics cards. If there are no other displays in the system, one of the advantages with this mode is that software doesn't need to be multi-display aware. For example, 2D, 3D, and video acceleration can occur as if the three displays were one (albeit, one display with a resolution three times as wide as a typical display).

You can use the multi-display support provided by TripleHead2Go Digital Edition without adding or replacing any system software. The display driver of the existing graphics hardware can continue to be used. However, to improve multi-display support, TripleHead2Go Digital Edition includes Matrox PowerDesk software. This software has the same easy-to-use interface included with Matrox graphics cards. Among other things, PowerDesk provides controls for where dialog boxes and message boxes appear, how windows are maximized, and adjusting image quality. PowerDesk software helps improve image quality by calibrating the phase adjustment to properly interpret the input signal. With the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, PowerDesk offers the flexibility to select a wider range of resolutions, including support for widescreen and standard aspect ratios.

Inside the black box
The existing graphics hardware and software in the computer does nothing different other than providing a monitor signal with a resolution that's three times as wide as a standard resolution. The computer continues to use its own graphics processor to render a single display to its graphics memory. The real magic of making one display into three occurs inside the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition box.

In TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, when an analog input is used, the monitor signal from the computer is first converted to digital data using various techniques to ensure the best possible conversion. These techniques include gain compensation to normalize the signal and phase adjustment to properly interpret either the dual-link input signal or the analog input signal. With the dual-link digital input this conversation is not necessary as you are already in a digital domain.

Then TripleHead2Go Digital Edition uses Matrox patent-pending technology to divide the display information into three display outputs. These signals are then passed through the three standard digital (DVI) or analog (VGA) monitor connectors or at the back of the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition box. Throughout the process, no pixels are added, dropped, scaled, or otherwise changed. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition preserves all the on-screen information provided by the original monitor signal.

The TripleHead2Go Digital Edition provides a unique and easy way to add multi-display capability to a system. This product simply connects to the external monitor connector of a computerthere are no parts to insert in a computer and no hardware or software is replaced. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition adds support for an extra display while leveraging the performance of your existing graphics hardware. The extra display allows more information at a time to be viewed and this can lead to improvements in productivity and help reduce errors.

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Included Items

  • One 2-foot HD-15-to-HD-15 (analog) monitor cable
  • One DVI-DL to DVI-DL 2' cable
  • One USB cable
  • Software CD


  • Supported Operating Systems
    • Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista (32/64bit), Windows XP (32/64bit), Windows Server 2003/2008 (32/64bit), Windows 2000, Mac OS X (10.4, 10.5, 10.6), Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and Linux
  • System Compatibility

(3) TripleHead2Go Analog Edition not supported.
(4) Contact Matrox for tested versions of leading Linux distributions.


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