7 Monitors on Windows 7 with USB 3.0

See 7 monitors in action using Plugable USB 3.0 hubs and graphics adapters.

The hardware seen in the video are:

It’s extremely cool seeing this kind of setup, but it’s also very useful for stock traders, programmers, IT admins remoting to many machines, and information workers that deal with a lot of info at once.

And it shows off the amazing capabilities of USB 3.0 — which with the launch of Intel’s latest chipsets, is now built-in to most PCs bought today.

Let us know if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

5 comments on “7 Monitors on Windows 7 with USB 3.0”

  1. John Sharp Reply

    Is this device purely a ‘switch’ or does it contain any intelligence/buffering. Specifically, if it were connected to the USB 3.0 port of a laptop with two (or possibly more) USB 2.0 disk drives on the downstream side and I was to copy data from one of the USB 2.0 disk drives to another, would both disks run at full USB 2.0 speed (with the USB 3.0 connection between the computer and the hub running at twice USB 2.0 speed) or would the connection between the computer and the hub run only at USB 2.0 speed because the computer cannot address more than one device attached to the hub simultaneously? Thanks for an answer.

    • Bernie Thompson Reply

      Thanks for asking, John! For the benefit of others, USB hubs like this multiplex many devices to one PC using standard USB functionality. All devices work in parallel, sharing the total available bandwidth of the bus (which is theoretical 480Mbps per host controller for USB 2.0 transfers, and 5Gbps for USB 3.0). So for your example, you’d be getting up to 480Mbps total read/write transfer rate between the two drives (if they were able to use all bus bandwidth; real-world USB 2.0 devices tend to top out between 230 and 330 Mbps). So it’s not switching, but it is sharing one bus. That’s the design of USB. Hope that helps, thanks again for asking!

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  3. Brian Reply

    Very cool, this appears to be what I have been looking for. Quick question…I noticed in the video you showed some of the monitors connected via USB 3.0 to VGA and others connected via USB 3.0 to HDMI. Can this be configured so all six external HDMI capable monitors are operating at HDMI / 1080P? Thanks!

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