Club3D Multi Streaming Transport Hub and Docking Station Review

Introduction


There is no doubt that playing games and working is filled with a lot more joy and pleasure when you have more than one monitor connected. You need to use ALT+TAB a lot less to view everything, can have source code on one screen and the result on another, or just keep an eye on your instant messages and emails while you’re gaming. It’s all possible and once you got used to it, then you’ll miss it immensely when you don’t have it.

It can however end up costing you even more that you need a graphics card with just the right amount of outputs and connectors to match your monitor and this is where Club 3D comes to your rescue with two devices in the Sense Vision series. The MST-HUB is a multi-stream transport hub that morphs your one DisplayPort into three and the Y-cabled Docking station that takes one mDP and one USB 3.0 port and turns it into two mDP ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and one Gigabit Ethernet port.

The number of supported displays depends on the bandwidth available. The MST hub is using the ST Micro STDP 4320 which supports DisplayPort 1.2a specifications with support for up to 21.6Gbps of bandwidth. How much you have depends on your output device. With this kind of bandwidth at your disposal, you can easily run four full HD monitors at 60Hz and 32-bit colour depth and still have extra bandwidth to spare, and that from a single onboard connector.

The Club 3D MST hub can help with more, for example if you got a 4K monitor of the cheaper kind that only can do 30Hz. You can use the MST hub and resolve this by combining two screen resolutions of 1920×2160 at 60Hz to obtain a native 3840×2160 60Hz resolution by using two DisplayPort cables. This is particular useful of you only have one display port out to begin with and no way to attach two DisplayPort cables to your system, doesn’t help if the monitor has it.

Even if you don’t have a DisplayPort capable monitor the MST hub can help you, but you will need adapters to connect them. The Club3D MSTY Hub is a DP++ device which means that it can actively convert the DisplayPort signal to other types of display interfaces. An active adapter isn’t required, a passive is enough with this hub. Just keep in mind that passive adapters have a resolution limitation of 1920×1200.

AMD created Eyefinity with up to 6 displays, but Club 3d takes it to the next level as you only need a graphics card with two DisplayPort connectors and two of these MST hubs to achieve just that, being able to connect 6 monitors for the ultimate multi-screen setup.

Ultrabooks and notebooks also become more powerful with each generation, but the often only come with one display port. With the MST hub, you can easily connect multiple monitors to those and best of all, you only need to unplug one cable when you take your system with you on the go.

Features

  • Standards compliance/support:displayport v1.2a, displayport v1.1a,VESA DDM
  • Standard,HDCP V2.0,DisplayId,and EDID V1.4
  • Supports main link rates of 5.4 bps(HBR2),2.7 bps(HBR)and 1.62 bps(RBR) from source
  • Supports 1/2/4 lanes of main link for RX side
  • Supports three DP++ output port, or two dual-link DVI ports, or the combination of ports
  • For DP 1.2a source,supports DP1.2a MST multi video/audio steams
  • Supports 1.1 source, supports ViewXpand
  • Supports DP-DP Bypass mode
  • Supports AUX-CH enables SBM and I2C mapping over AUX between the source/sink and device
  • Dedicated I2C slave for main processor to access the device
  • Supported output resolution: up to 2560X1600@60Hz each monitor in DP1.2 MST and up to FHD/1080p in DP1.1 or DP 1.2 SST. With DP resolutions up to FHD (4K x 2K) @60Hz, 24bpp, but limited by DP bandwidth).
  • Input pixel data depth 6/8/10/12 bits and supports output pixel format RGB444
  • Advance WideEye SerDes technology
  • Adaptive Sync technology

Latest Club 3D SenseVision MST Hub Technology On Display At CeBIT 2014

Here we are once again at the wonderful Club 3D booth at CeBIT 2014, we’ve already brought you coverage of their superb Poker Series ’14 graphics cards and now we’ll be taking a look at their new SenseVision ranges.

Sense Vision comes in the form of Club 3D’s Multi Stream Transport (MST) Hubs and allows you to stream video to multiple displays via a single Display Port connection. We actually reviewed one of their most recent models a few months ago and you can read that detailed review right here.

The new hubs as well as some prototype ones that we take a closer look at in the video below allow you to expand your desktop with relative ease, outputting video, audio, USB power and more from a single Display Port. This can be from your compatible graphics card or from any other compatible device such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which can its self power up to three external displays, allowing you access to a highly versatile desktop environment without the need for a full system.

Below Club 3D talk us through their latest MST Hub products that will be hitting the market in 2014, enjoy the video and stay tuned for more coverage from both Club 3D as the rest of CeBIT 2014.

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Club 3D Display Graphics Products And Power Supplies At CeBIT 2014

While we love taking a look at the ultra-high performance ranges of graphics cards, it’s often easy to forget that their the play things of a small part of the market as your average consumer typically buys into the low and mid ranges. On Display are three mid range cards, the AMD Radeon 280X which has been treated to a new cooler, the R9 270 which now features the popular Coolstream cooler, great for reducing noise and temperatures when compared with the stock AMD offerings and the HD7800 series, which also features Coolstream and is still a popular choice for those wanting to power three displays via Eyefinity.

Further down the range we also have the entry-level cards and while they may not be power houses suitable for modern games, the HD 6450 series cards are perfect for HTPC users as they can operate multiple displays at high-resolution while operating completely silent, this also makes them perfect for professional or business computers. The Radeon R7 250 offers a little more power and features a semi-passive cooler while also being suitable for lower end systems, HTPC / Media centre builds and business use.

Also on display you’ll notice a wide range of adaptor cables, while they may not be the most exciting products on earth they’re still very important. Club 3D have been earning a solid reputation for their connectivity devices, especially their MST hubs while we discussed earlier today in an interview with Club 3D and having devices such as their DisplayPort hubs, as well as a range of connectors means you should have no issue hooking almost any display type or configuration into your Club 3D graphics card or similar compatible device.

Finally we have two of their new power supplies which come in semi-modular and non-modular formats, offering great value for money for the mid range markets and high end gaming markets. Club 3D were kind enough to spare us some extra time to talk about all of these products and their uses in yet another great video interview which you can check out below.

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We’ve got plenty more coverage to bring you this week from CeBIT 2014, so stay tuned for even more updates from many of the top manufacturers at this years event.

Club3D Showoff Latest Poker Series GPU’s At CeBIT 2014

Here we are at CeBIT 2014 in Hanover where hundreds of technology companies from around the world have gathered for one of this years largest trade shows with their latest and greatest products. To start things off we’ve stopped by the Club 3D booth to see what products will be available to consumers this year, starting with the latest additions to their legendary Poker series.

The Poker series is a special brand for Club 3D that allows them to distinguish their custom graphics cards from their stock offerings, so users can expect these cards to have everything from new coolers, faster clock speeds, improved component quality, overclocking potential and a whole lot more.

Much like a deck of cards in Poker, the graphics cards in the series are ordered from the royalQueen which offers light modifications such as improved cooling, then you have the royalKing series which offers higher end performance, better cooling, factory overclocks and more, finally with the royalAce you can expect everything to be dialled up to 11 to offer flagship performance out of the box.

Below we have their new Radeon R9 270X royalQueen which features 1280 stream processors, a 1080MHz clock speed, 2048MB GDDR5 memory at 5600MHz. TDP of 175 watts, Eyefinity 4 capability and it’s fitted with their high performance Coolstream cooler.

The Radeon R9 280x royalQueen offers up a lot more performance than the 270X with 2048 stream processors, a 1000MHz clock speed, 3072MB of GDDR5 at 6000MHz, a max TDP of 280W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), the Coolstream cooler and quad Crossfire capability.

The 290X royalKing start to push into their enthusiast range, offering up a whopping 2816 stream processors at a clock speed of 1030MHz, 4096MB GDDR5 at 5000MHz, a max TDP of 250W, 6 display Eyefinity (when combined with the DPI1.2 MST Hubs), a 512Bit memory interface and a powerful dual fan Coolstream cooler. This card is ideal for pushing 4K and eyefinity systems and can be run in dual Crossfire configuration for some seriously high-end performance.

Finally we have the leader of the pack ,the 290x royalAce edition (no box displayed in case). This card is as flagship as the come, offering up 2816 stream processors and 4096MB of GDDR5 memory just like the royalKing edition, but this time with a higher clock speed of 1050MHz and 5400MHz respectively. The higher clock speeds are handled by select high performance components and a tripple fan CoolStream cooler, making this one of the fastest and most powerful GPU’s on the market today. This card is also capable of dual CrossFire and 6 screen eyefinity.

It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in cryptocurrency mining, or gaming from any resolution such as 1920×1080 right up to 4K, it looks like Club 3D have you covered. All of these cards are available on the market right now, expect to pay a premium for each series over the standard club 3D cards, but also expect to get a considerable improvement in performance for your investment.

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We’ve got lots more great coverage from Club 3D and many other brands here at Computex 2014, as well as more great video interviews from the Club 3D booth coming very soon, so stay tuned for more information throughout the week.

Club 3D Launch Their All New R9 280 royalKing Graphics Card

Following on for the release of their new Radeon R7 and R9 series cards, Club 3D have just revealed their latest entry to their GPU their family. The new card, the Club 3D Radeon R9 280 royalKing, has been designed to bridge the gap between the powerful yet affordable Radeon R9 270X and the more much more powerful, but obviously less affordable R9 280X. Hopefully finding that sweetspot of price Vs. performance that most consumers seek.

“Being a royalKing, the R9 280 is a proud new addition to our widely awarded and recognized PokerSeries.” Said Club 3D in a recent release.

The new card is fitted with a revised edition of the popular Tahiti PRO 2 GPU hardware, this gives the new R9 280 royalKing 1792 Stream Processors, 3072Mb of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5000MHz and a 384 bit memory bus. This puts it way ahead of the competition for this class of card and with a suggested end-user price of just $279 it’s also set to beat the competition in price too. Of course we’ll have to wait and see what performance figures a like, but it’s built around well-tried and tested hardware, so you can expect pretty decent performance from the Tahiti GPU cores.

“The PokerSeries was launched as a dedicated Club 3D sub brand targeted at the most demanding gamers who want the maximum FPS for their money. Since the launch, the cards in the PokerSeries earned numerous awards from international Tech Media for being among the fastest, quietest and coolest looking cards available in the market. The R9 280 royalKing comes with a backplate fitted to look good in any system!”

The PokerSeries cards certainly have proven a popular choice for Club 3D recently and they’re getting quite a nice reputation for themselves amongst PC gamers for their great value for money. With a factory overclock, custom black PCB, high-capacity dual fan CoolStream cooler, 2 x mini DisplayPort, HDMI and one Dual Link DVI-D output, the Club 3D Radeon R9 280 royalKing certainly sounds like a tempting option.

Thank you Club 3D for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Club 3D.

’14Series Graphic Cards Announced By Club 3D

The first ’13Series was introduced by Club3D as an addition to the PokerSeries gaming cards. They were stripped of all bundles and the ‘light’ retail package was aimed for system integrators. But consumers also saw an advantage in this deal, having all bundles stripped and the price considerably low, it was perfect for users who were looking for an upgrade or a second card for their rig.

Now Club 3D announces a new and improved ’14Series, with better performance improvements. The first video cards from the Club 3D ’14Series will be the Radeon R9 270 and 270X, and should be an affordable product for PC users and gamers looking for a full-HD 1080p gaming experience.


Club 3D Radeon R9 270 specs:

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 955MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 150 watts
  • Fitted with quiet high-performance CoolStream cooler
  • Will benefit from AMD Mantle technology

Club 3D Radeon R9 270X specs:

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 1080MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 175 watts
  • Fitted with Coolstream cooler
  • Eyefinity 4 capable

If you are interested in more details, you can go to Club3D’s official website for more information about the ’14Series Radeon R9 270X and 270.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Club3D

Club3D SenseVision MST Hub CSV-5300 Review

Introduction And Feature Overview


The unique ability of the DisplayPort signal to be split into multiple streams is something that has been around for a while, namely since DisplayPort 1.1 compatible graphics cards have been on the market. AMD’s HD 5000 series were the first to offer multiple display outputs from a single DisplayPort but is very much limited by the low bandwidth of DP 1.1. In terms of DisplayPort innovations we haven’t really seen an MST hub from anyone up until now which has been quite sad.

Today we are looking something that isn’t exactly glamorous but fills quite a large hole in the market. Club3D’s MST (Multi Stream Transport) DisplayPort Hub is one of the first of those elusive MST hubs that allows you to split off a DisplayPort compatible graphics card output into any combination of resolutions that fills the maximum bandwidth of the link, the two links would be DisplayPort 1.1 or 1.2 aka HBR and HBR2. You can see full  bandwidth details below:

Most people will choose to use a trio of 1080p displays as these are currently the most affordable solutions on the market. This MST hub from Club3D does support Eyefinity but Nvidia surround does not work due to a lack of driver support from Nvidia, if and when Nvidia fix it the MST Hub will support it.

The ability to split a DisplayPort output into up to three displays of varying resolutions will also come in useful for mobile workstations where you need more display real estate but simply can’t get that in a mobile solution or when your graphics card supports more displays than it has ports. The Club3D MST Hub does require an external power source but uses only around 2.5-3.5 Watts.

The biggest rival to Club3D is the Matrox TripleHead2Go DP Edition but costing around £275+ this is mainly limited to the professional and business markets – most other people have made-do with other more affordable compromises and solutions. Club3D’s MST Hub on the other hand costs only around £90-100 making it about a third of the cost of its biggest rival and unlike the Matrox product the Club3D MST supports a higher overall resolution and more bandwidth over DP 1.2. This is compared to the maximum of 5760 by 1080 supported on the Matrox. It is also worth noting that the Matrox unit processes “on-chip” and sends the signal to the three monitors so isn’t capable of gaming, high frame rates or ultra high definition video playback whereas the Club3D MST retrieves the processing from the GPU so supports everything that the GPU would support.

The Club3D MST Hub, pictured above, serves a very functional purpose for desktop systems.  With the vast majority of graphics cards only having three to four display outputs, yet supporting 6 displays, the only way to achieve more displays than the number of ports is to use one of these MST hubs. We will be testing the Club3D MST hub’s capabilities in a triple display scenario through one port because unfortunately we do not have six displays or a second MST Hub.

Features

  • Standards compliance/support:displayport v1.2, displayport v1.1a,VESA DDM
  • Standard,HDCP V2.0,DisplayId,and EDID V1.4
  • Supports main link rates of 5.4 bps(HBR2),2.7 bps(HBR)and 1.62 bps(RBR) from source
  • Supports 1/2/4 lanes of main link for RX side
  • Supports three DP++ output port,or two dual-link DVI ports,or the combination of ports
  • For DP 1.2 source,supports DP1.2 MST multi video/audio steams
  • Supports 1.1 source,supports ViewXpand
  • Supports DP-DP Bypass mode
  • Supports AUX-CH enables SBM and I2C mapping over AUX between the source/sink and device
  • Dedicated I2C slave for main processor to access the device
  • Supported output resolution:up to 2560X1600@60Hz each monitor in DP1.2 MST and up to FHD/1080p in DP1.1 or DP 1.2 SST
  • Input pixel data depth 6/8/10/12 bits and supports output pixel format RGB444

Club 3D Announce ’13Series Graphics Cards With UK Availability

Club 3D have just revealed a new series of graphics cards. The ’13Series of graphics from Club3D is a new product line designed to target a much cheaper and more mainstream price point. These cards all use the premium CoolStream VGA cooler design, except the HD 7790 which uses a rather more modest VGA cooler.

Since Club3D recently made a move recently to be an exclusive AMD-only partner, it comes as no surprise that the ’13Series of graphics cards is comprised of entirely AMD GPUs. The ’13Series includes the following graphics cards:

The new ’13Series is part of Club3D’s “black label/”white label” product segmentation strategy. These new ’13 series cards are part of the white label segment while Club3D’s PokerSeries cards are part of the black label segment. The white label segment is going to be aggressively priced and aimed at value for money, while the black label segment is going to be more feature packed and designed for the more premium market.

Availability should start immediately and UK customers should be able to find these popping up soon across a wide variety of retailers such as Amazon, Ballicom International, Kikatek, LambdaTek and so on.

Image courtesy of Club3D

Club3D Stop Nvidia Products And Move Exclusively To The Red Team (AMD)

Club 3D are a well known VGA channel partner and were, up until a few days ago, both an AMD and Nvidia graphics card channel partner. However, as of recently Club 3D have decided to axe their partnership with Nvidia in favour of moving to work with AMD only.

The move comes as a surprise as Club 3D produced a lot of Nvidia cards for the GTX 600 and 500 series, although their range of custom models was much more extensive for the AMD side of things. I personally find it strange that Club 3D are totally axing Nvidia for the GTX 700 series when it has only just been released and AMD has nothing to counter it yet. However, the move is less surprising given the fact that Club 3D’s main VGA channel partner are an AMD exclusive brand (under their Powercolor and VTX3D brands).

According to Club 3D they and Nvidia will still honour the warranties on all Club 3D Nvidia graphics cards. In selected markets Club 3D will offer AMD-equivalent replacements for the RMA procedure if customers would rather have that AMD graphics card than a replacement of their current one. If they would rather have their current graphics card then they of course can have that.

Club 3D’s move is a clear acknowledgement that they believe AMD are leaders in the graphics card space. Personally, I prefer to see companies offer a balance of both vendors as both AMD and Nvidia have their respective advantages. What are your thoughts on Club 3D’s decision?

Images courtesy of Club 3D

Club 3D Announce Affordable Multiple Display Hub

When you think of multi-display set-ups you think of expensive graphics cards and processors as pre-requisites before you’ve even invested into three monitors which are expensive enough in themselves. Most of the time triple monitor set-ups aren’t even used for gaming, but for productivity purposes, so that begs the question is there not a cheaper way to get a triple monitor set-up?

With all that said Club 3D have come up with a solution to this problem with their Multi Stream Hub (MST) that allows you to turn a single display port output into three display port outputs. From there you can then connect up to three monitors via VGA, DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort using the appropriate cables. This allows you to turn any device that supports display port into a functional triple display set-up. This means you can potentially use a cheap laptop, tablet or PC, but of course you need to make the investment in three displays which will always be a reasonably expensive outlay.

The Club 3D MST splits  the display signal from a DisplayPort 1.2 connection and provides three separate signals. The MST is capable of driving up to three 2560 by 1600 displays, although most people are more likely to use three 1080p displays.

The main selling point of the Club 3D MST is it is an affordable solution to the multi-monitor problem. What do you think of their new product?

Product Features

  • Standards compliance/support: Displayport v1.2, displayport v1.1a,VESA DDM
  • Standard, HDCP V2.0, DisplayID, and EDID v1.4
  • Supports main link rates of 5.4 Gbps (HBR2), 2.7 Gbps (HBR), and 1.62 Gbps(RBR) from source
  • Supports 1/2/4 lanes of main link for RX side
  • Supports three DP++ output port,or two dual-link DVI ports,or the combination of ports
  • For DP 1.2 source,supports DP1.2 MST multi video/audio steams
  • Supports 1.1 source,supports ViewXpand
  • Supports DP-DP Bypass mode
  • Supports AUX-CH enables SBM and I2C mapping over AUX between the source/sink and device
  • Dedicated I2C slave for main processor to access the device
  • Supported output resolution:up to 2560 x 1600 @60 Hz each monitor in DP 1.2 MST and up to FHD/1080p in DP 1.1 or DP 1.2 SST
  • Input pixel data depth 6/8/10/12 bits and supports output pixel format RGB444

Source: PR