Dell is now selling its UltraSharp 3008WFP display with its DisplayPort input, so it's high time some graphics cards with DisplayPort outputs started appearing on store shelves. Luckily, the first wave of DisplayPort-capable graphics cards looks to be just around the corner. Graphics card maker Sparkle has officially announced that it has put together a sample graphics card with a choice of DVI, S-Video, and DisplayPort outputs.
The card is based on Nvidia's popular GeForce 8800 GT graphics processor, and it features all the same goodies as a regular 8800 GT, including a speedy DirectX 10 GPU, PCI Express 2.0 support, and Nvidia's PureVideo high-definition video processing logic. Sparkle has customized the card with a beefy dual-slot cooler that has a larger fan than the stock 8800 GT's.
According to Sparkle, the DisplayPort interface on its 8800 GT sample can simultaneously output three 1080p video streams and a 7.1-channel audio stream. DisplayPort is a royalty-free interface—unlike HDMI—but it still supports high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP), making it suitable for the transmission of HD video streams from copy-protected Blu-ray and HD DVD media.