Multi-monitor with AMD Ryzen™ and Radeon™ Vega

For the last part of our multi-monitor series we want to take a closer look on the settings for the multi-monitoring with AMD and what special features these graphic chips have.

AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega graphics card

At the beginning of 2018 the first AMD Ryzen™ desktop processors with integrated Radeon™ Vega graphics card were released. Due to this all-in-one solution customers no longer need separate processors and graphics cards – perfect for everyone, who uses desktop devices and appreciates high performance. According to AMD, the Ryzen™ processors with Radeon™ Vega graphics card “deliver powerful multiprocessing out-of-the-box” due to the 4 cores and up to 8 processing threads. In addition to this, they also provide a high level of responsiveness in applications that use the GPU acceleration. (Source: amd.com)

Duplicating & extending: Multi-monitor via Windows settings

The easiest way to duplicate or extend the screen when using an AMD graphics card is – as well as for Intel and Nvidia – via the Windows settings. These can be called up with a right click on the desktop either under the name “resolution” (Windows 7) or “display settings” (Windows 10). Those of you who want it even faster can use the short cut Windows and P.

Eyefinity technology: AMD Catalyst Control Center

For the multi-monitoring AMD provides a special feature, too. It is called Eyefinity and stands for a technology with which the screen can be multiplied. This technology is made for gamers and professional users and developers. Using the Radeon™ graphics cards, up to six displays can be connected.

The settings for Eyefinity cannot be found in the standard Windows settings, but in AMD’s own graphics card driver tool. Once this had the name Crimson and is nowadays called Catalyst Control Center – or short CCC. This tool can also be called up with a right click on the desktop. How an Eyefinity display group can be set up is shown in this video.

Non-Embedded AMD GPUs

Next to the Embedded-GPUs AMD also provides separate graphic processors. You can find a summary of the desktop and mobile processors here. By using a native AGP interface, the GPUs can be inserted into PCI graphics cards. Also, the settings for the multi monitoring with non-embedded GPUs is identical with the ones that are mentioned above.

AMD PCs from spo-comm

The product portfolio of spo-comm provides two AMD based Mini-PCs. On one hand we have our passively cooled RUGGED Ryzen that can play content in a resolution of 4K@60Hz on up to four displays at the same time. This is ensured by its Ryzen V1807B CPU with integrated Vega 11 GPU. On the other hand there is our KUMO Ryzen, which is the AMD counterpart to our best seller in the digital signage field KUMO V. This Mini-PC is also equipped with a performant Ryzen V1807B processor and the Vega 11 GPU. Using its four DisplayPorts the system is perfectly made for the use in digital signage applications in the high end field.

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AMD Ryzen V1807 CPU for high end digital signage

As the name suggests, the KUMO Ryzen has an AMD Ryzen V1807B CPU with 4 x 3.35 GHz (up to 3.8 GHz) as its centerpiece. Because the special construction of this processor combines the CPU with the GPU power, a very high computing power is ensured. Thanks to this particular feature also the processing of multimedia content is not inferior to a dedicated graphics card. These features are combined with an up to 32 GB big DDR4-RAM and two up to 500 GB or 960 GB big HDDs respectively SSDs. Like this, challenging digital signage applications are possible.

4x 4K due to Display Port 1.4 and AMD® VEGA 11

With dimensions of only 180 x 210 x 55 mm (W x D x H) the housing of our KUMO offers a lot of different interfaces. The most important for the digital signage field are probably the four DisplayPort 1.4, which can be found on the back panel of the KUMO. In combination with the integrated graphics unit AMD® VEGA 11 content in a resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz can be played on up to four displays at the same time.

Theft-protection, optional WiFi and 6x USB

The interfaces of the KUMO Ryzen appear in the usual KUMO design. Next to the centered power button the front panel offers two of the four USB 2.0 ports. The other interfaces are located on the back panel. These include on one hand four other USB ports – two times 2.0, two times 3.1 – and on the other hand two audio and two LAN-ports can be found. In addition to this two COM ports are located on the back. The lateral placed Kensington Lock also guarantees theft protection. Thanks to the two integrated M.2 ports WiFi is optional.

From Windows 10, to IoT Enterprise to Linux Ubuntu

The options for the software of our KUMO Ryzen are also worth a look: The system can be equipped with the operating systems Windows 10 Home, Professional and Linux Ubuntu. Using Windows 10 IoT Enterprise even different adjustments – depending on the customer request – can be realized.

Technical data at a glance:

  • CPU: AMD® Ryzen V1807B Quad Core SoC (3.35 – 3.8 GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD® VEGA 11
  • Max. resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • 4x DisplayPort  1.4: up to 4 independent displays
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 180 x 210 x 55 mm
  • 4x USB 2.0
  • 2x USB 3.1
  • 2x COM

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NEW: KUMO Ryzen – High end digital signage powered by AMD

With the KUMO Ryzen the spo-comm presents another AMD based Mini-PC. The AMD® Ryzen V1807 CPU and the integrated AMD® VEGA 11 GPU provide a graphics power that enables digital signage applications in the high end field.
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The AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processor series

The centrepiece of the new RUGGED is the AMD Ryzen V1807B embedded processor with 4 x 3.35 GHz (maximum 3.8 GHz). This unifies AMD’s Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures into an APU (= Accelerated Processing Unit). This revolutionary combination of CPU and graphics power provides exceptional computing power so that processing and playback of high-resolution multimedia applications can easily compete with dedicated graphics cards. More facts about the CPU: 4 cores, 8 threads and 11 compute units provide completely new possibilities and require only 12 to 54 watts of power.

Outdoor and Vehicle computing

Thanks to its completely enclosed housing, the fanless RUGGED Ryzen is the perfect Mini-PC for outdoor digital signage. Whether it’s freezing cold or extreme hot – the Embedded PC runs flawlessly even in the extended temperature range of -40° to +70° Celsius and is therefore suitable for all climatic conditions. When it comes to vehicle computing, the new RUGGED also plays in the champions league. With a 9-48V wide range input and a massive body that absorbs shock and vibration easily, the Vehicle PC is the perfect partner for mobile applications, such as in emergency vehicles.

Many connections

The passively cooled housing with the dimensions 260 x 226 x 89 mm provides space for numerous connections. The front panel has four USB 3.0 ports and four LAN interfaces for connecting external periphery. In addition to two SIM card slots, the power button and some indicator lights, among others for the HDD, can be found here. On the back panel there are four more LAN interfaces and three COM ports. Furthermore, there are four Display Ports, which allow the playback of multimedia content with a resolution of four times 4K@60Hz. This is completed by three audio ports that cover the areas MIC IN, LINE OUT and LINE IN.

Hardware and Software equipment

So that the high-performance CPU of the RUGGED Ryzen has enough working space, it can be supported with up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory. There is, as well, space for up to two HDDs or SSDs with a maximum of 1 TB memory. They can also be connected to RAID and are suitable for hot swapping. This means, that the components can be replaced while the Mini-PC is running. On the software side, the operating systems Windows 10 in the versions IoT, Home or Professional are running as well as Linux Ubuntu.

Numerous options for expansion

If the various features of the Embedded PC are not enough, you can treat yourself to a variety of expansions. WiFi, 4G and GPS modules can be connected via one m.2 and three m-PCIe interfaces. A CAN bus is also possible. When using an LTE module, the two SIM card slots on the front panel allow you to dial into two different mobile networks. This is especially useful if you want to avoid dead spots or if you are travelling near country borders. Optionally available is also a battery pack, which protects against loss of data during power outages, as well as standardized wall mounts according to VESA or DIN RAIL.

Technical data:

  • CPU: AMD® Ryzen V1807B Quad Core Soc (3.35-3.8 GHz)
  • Graphics: AMD® VEGA 11
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 260 x 226 x 89 mm
  • Max. resolution: 4069 x 2160 @ 60Hz (4K)
  • Up to 4 independent displays
  • Outdoor and Vehicle Computing
  • Extended temperature range from -40° C to +70° C
  • 8x LAN, 4x USB 3.0 and 4x DisplayPort

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NEW: spo-book RUGGED Ryzen – Outdoor Digital Signage powered by AMD

An AMD Ryzen V1000 processor for outdoor DS applications – sounds good? spo-comm makes this possible. With the fanless cooled spo-book RUGGED Ryzen, the hardware manufacturer from Nuremberg is launching a Mini-PC that not only has an extremely high graphics performance – 4x 4K@60Hz is no problem – but is also suitable for outdoor and vehicle computing.
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Nvidia GeForce: Gaming cards for professional use

The series of GeForce cards by Nvidia is perfectly made for the use in the consumer field. The cards are supposed to provide ultimate PC gaming experiences. Due to the smooth replay of 4K content or even virtual reality applications, the cards can not only be used gaming but also for professional applications.

For the Quadro as well as the GeForce cards the feature Nview comes as standard. Using this feature, the screen can be used and designed much more efficiently and is thus, perfectly made for everyone who is working with different windows or a huge amount of data at the same time. The work can on one hand be distributed to many screens or, on the other hand, to virtual desktops on which can be toggled between by keystroke.

The Nvidia architecture CUDA is also standard for both these graphics card series. It is made to increase the processing power when applications are running parallel, for instance when editing images or videos. In this article we summarized more about CUDA.

Also at spo-comm you can find a Mini-PC with a GeForce graphics card. The RUGGED GTX 1050 Ti is equipped with the namesake GPU. It has 768 CUDA cores and can play content on up to seven screens at once.

Nvidia Quadro for workstations with MOSAIC

The name Quadro stands for a desktop graphics cards developed by Nvidia for the use in the creative and technology field. Next to a very performant graphics processor and a high storage, they also provide 8K display outputs just to give an example. With these features they ensure that professional workflows are sped up.

Only the Nvidia Quadro cards bring along this special feature called MOSAIC. It is designated to interconnect the displays to one group, so that they build one big screen. One significant benefit of MOSAIC is that the displays can be placed not only next to each other, but also in a grid. Depending on which graphics card is being used, grids of for example 2 x 2 screens can be realized. But the most important advantage is actually another one: With MOSAIC it is possible to disconnect one display during the application without the arrangement being dissolved or changed.

In the range of spo-comm Mini-PCs there are two systems with a Quadro graphics card. Our QUADRO P1000 is standardly equipped with the namesake P1000 with 640 CUDA cores and the NOVA Q170 can optionally be equipped with the P2000 with 1024 CUDA cores.

Nvidia Turing™ for real-time ray tracing

In 2018, Nvidia introduced its “revolutionary” Turing™ architecture. Together with the GeForce RTX™ graphics platform the GPUs offer real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence and new shading technologies. The razor-sharp, realistic images and special effects are perfectly made for the gaming field, but they can also be utilised in professional digital signage applications. 

Another detail of the Turing GPUs is the feature Nview which we already know from the GTX graphics cards. This feature is explained in the first section “Nvidia GeForce: Gaming cards for professional use”.

Our KUMO V, that was released in February 2020, is equipped with an Nvidia RTX 2060. This graphics card has 6GB integrated DDR6-RAM and 1920 CUDA cores. It provides an ultrahigh performance for graphics applications and also in the Virtual Reality field. Of course, on four displays at once with a resolution of 4K@60Hz.

GeForce, Quadro & Turing: Duplicated screen and extended desktop

As well as for integrated graphics cards, it is also possible with dedicated ones to duplicate the screen or extend the desktop. As we already mentioned in our last article of this series this can be set up via the screen resolution (Windows 7) or display settings (Windows 10). Where onboard cards only support a maximum of 3 displays, GeForce and Quadro can control up to 8.

Nvidia provides a website with a configurator that shows every connection possibility with a GeForce card.

To set up such specific features the graphics cards driver and the associated management tool is needed. Nvidia calls its own Nvidia Control Panel. How to set up MOSAIC with your Quadro card you can find here.

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Multi-Monitor with Nvidia GeForce and Quadro

A few weeks ago we already looked at how integrated graphics cards deal with Multi-Monitoring. Today it is all about the dedicated graphics cards GeForce and Quadro by Nvidia and what features they have.