Club 3D SenseVision MST Hub (DisplayPort Splitter) Review
by Stuart Davidson - 10th September 2013
Club 3D "SenseVision" MST Hub (DisplayPort Splitter)
When we first started seeing DisplayPort on desktop graphics cards, as well as being seen as a more cost effective alternative to HDMI, manufacturers were also singing the praises of its ability to be "daisy chained" so that multiple displays would run off one output. Since then we have seen a number of cards with high numbers of mini-DisplayPort outputs allowing multi-screen action but little seems to have been going on with running many displays from one connector.
Club 3D package the MST hub in a compact box with the product suspended in foam within. We get a small user guide with the hub as well as a compact PSU.
The MST hub has Club 3D branding on the top with blank sides and base. The front has a high shine surface and is the location for our three DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. These are compatible with active and passive adapters and are capable of running DisplayPort convertors (E.g. DP>DVI and DP>HDMI).
To set up the MST hub we have a couple of initial options, first we need to decide which port to use on our PC. That can be a DisplayPort or Mini-DisplayPort via a convertor. Club 3D also offer those and one is shown in the image above. Next we need to decide on the output and chances are that many of the screens plugged into this would be DVI based and as shown above there are a number of variations of DVI convertor out there. All worked on the MST hub so it is just a case of tracking down one (such as Club 3D's white version in the centre) and plugging in.
With the displays connected our driver control panel should recognise that multiple displays have been added, even though they are on the same port. (In the example above there is actually a fourth, our laptop display as we were testing mini-DisplayPort and HDMI compatibility at the time.) We simply select the display configuration that we want, in our case 3x1 for a 5760x1080 desktop. Then choose the displays to form part of that group and then if needed get the software to reorgainse the layout. That's it!
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