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Aten CS1782 DVI KVMP Switch Review

   -   July 2, 2008
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Testing:


This item doesn’t require charts and graphs to tell you how fast it is, because it isn’t a piece of hardware that can be “benchmarked”. However, since it’s made for DVI + 7.1 Audio, which means it’s geared towards gamers and other “power” users, it definitely needed to be put through some feature tests:

Here are the test systems:

 

Test Setup #1

  • Motherboard: DFI Infinity Ultra-II AM2
  • Processor: AMD64 X2 4800+
  • Memory: 2x1GB OCZ DDR2-800
  • Video Card(s): Foxconn GeForce 8800GTS 320MB PCI-E
  • Sound Card: Creative Audigy2 ZS PCI audio
  • Power Supply: Hiper 580w power supply

Test Setup #2

  • Motherboard: Asus P5WD2-E Premium (LGA775)
  • Processor: Intel Pentium D 930 (3.0 GHz) Dual Core
  • Memory: 2x1GB OCZ DDR2-800
  • Video Card(s): XFX 7800GTX 256 MB PCI-E
  • Sound Card: Integrated Realtek ALC888 HD Audio
  • Power Supply: Enermax Whisper 600w power supply


Common Components used for testing:

  • Microsoft Standard Multimedia Keyboard (PS/2)
  • Microsoft Intellimouse 5-button Optical USB
  • Aopen standard USB keyboard
  • Microsoft 3-button Optical (PS/2)
  • Viewsonic VA1912wb 19” widescreen LCD DVI monitor
  • Logitech X-620 6.1 analog PC speakers
  • Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 digital 500w PC speakers
  • Logitech headset + microphone combo
  • Logitech RumblePad 2 USB gamepad
  • Creative Labs DTS-100 Digital Theater Decoder
  • Sennheiser HD 485 headphones


Initial testing consisted of only using the PS/2 Microsoft keyboard, USB 5-button MS optical mouse, and the Viewsonic LCD monitor on the Logitech 6.1 speakers. My first roadblock in testing was finding out that analog CRT monitors will not work with this unit right out of the box. The manual does claim the CS1782 supports analog CRT monitors, but it didn’t mention that you were required to use a specific analog-to-digital converter, specifically a DVI-D (DVI-A and DVI-I adapters will not work). Since all current aftermarket video cards are DVI-only, it’s not a problem from the PC to the CS1782. It’s only a problem if the monitor you are going to use is an analog CRT.

(note: HP, Dell, and other OEM computers that have integrated video seem to still be clinging to the analog RGB (blue) video port, so if you’ll be using a PC that only has an analog RGB output, you’ll definitely need to order the DVI-D adapter from Aten or elsewhere).

Aten has assured me that they will revise their manual to state this specifically, so there won’t be any confusion.

Once this was sorted through, I decided to let my wife sit down and play through as many games as she has installed on her computer, for about one hour or more for each game, over the span of about 4 days:

  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Sins of a Solar Empire
  • World of Warcraft
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (yep, we still play this!)
  • Race Driver: Grid
  • Luxor and Bejeweled 2
  • Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (yep, still play this one too!)

As well as the games installed on the Asus P5WD2-E + Pentium D:

  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Sins of a Solar Empire
  • World of Warcraft
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
  • Race Driver: Grid
  • Freelancer

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: (Continued)
  3. Closer Look: Specifications
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: (KVM , USB,Audio Testing / Performance)
  6. Conclusion
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