I’ve had my Framework for seven months now, and overall I like it a lot. I have the Core i5 11th gen model, running Fedora 36.
I’m finally getting around to replacing my aging desktop with the Framework. I would ideally like to drive three 1080p external monitors while keeping the internal monitor active, giving me a four monitor setup.
My plan was to use the Displayport expansion card to do this via a DP MST to HDMI hub, but I now see both from this forum and from reviews of such hubs that success with such a setup is far from assured.
I’ve perused the docking station megathread and done other searches, but info on my specific situation seems limited.
I’ve found a few 3x and 4x Displayport to HDMI splitters. None are cheap and none have stellar reviews. Any feedback on which of these might be the best? Sorry for not providing links, I’m too new for the forum to allow that.
Tripp -Lite B156-003-HD-V2 (3x HDMI)
Tripp -Lite B156-004-HD-V2 (4x HDMI)
Startech MSTDP123HD (3x HDMI)
Startech MSTDP124DP (4x HDMI)
I could also run two monitors from the Displayport card and one from a USB-C docking station. My understanding is the Framework has two peripheral busses, one for each side of the device, so this would possibly allow greater bandwidth. The above brands both have DP → 2xHDMI units as does Cables to Go (#54293).
How am I most likely to succeed? Any quality brands that “just work”? I don’t want to spend months sending dongles back and forth and spending a fortune on shipping.
Thanks for any help!