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Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Will_m » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:50 pm

I'm thinking of getting another screen to make a triple monitor set-up as I can never get enough screen space. I'd be going for 3 x 22 inch hopefully all at a resolution of 1920x1080 or 1680x1050.

I've just borrowed a third monitor from a friend but can't get it work with my own two screens. In the screen resolution settings it will only allow for 1 screen to be extended from the main one. I'm guessing my video card won't allow a three screen set-up:

http://www1.sapphiretech.com/uk/products/products_overview.php?gpid=280&grp=3

If this is the case, what would my cheapest and easiest option be for getting 3 screens running? I'm thinking maybe getting one of the cheapest eyefinity cards like this:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-sapphire-hd-5670-ultimate-pci-e-21-(x16)-4000mhz-gddr5-gpu-775mhz-400-cores-dp-dvi-hdmi

There are probably cheaper but I'm guessing this should work? Are there any other cheap ways of getting three screens going? I'd be happy to consider any of the Nvidia cards too.
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Aftertouch » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:03 pm

Just add another card - any cheap dual head will do just nicely.

Windows will automatically detect it and allow you to extend the desktop to the third monitor.
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Will_m » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:35 pm

I'd rather not add another card just because of extra heat and space etc. Also I could probably get an eyefinity card for not much more than just another card and then be able to sell the old one. Any other options people?
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Pete Kaine » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:06 am

The Sapphire HD 5670 you listed would most likely be my choice assuming it meets all your requirements connetion wise. I've mentioned it to a few people in the past and they've tried it out without complaints (I only ever hear when things go wrong!) so I think it should do what you require without issue.

On the Nvidia side of things you'd have to go either 2 cards or Quadro which wouldn't be a cheap option.
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Will_m » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:31 pm

I thought as much, I found one more card that has eyefinity:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-102-MS&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=168

Seems to be the lowest series that supports it. With the sapphire card I'd need to use some adapters I think, most likely the display port one to vga and the HD one to dvi, but depends on my monitor choice. A lot of the smaller screens don't seem to have HDMI connectors.
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby Pete Kaine » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:38 pm

Looks like it should do the job for audio usage.
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Re: Triple Monitor Set-up

Postby fingers109 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:56 pm

I use one of these
http://uk.startech.com/product/USB2VGADVI-USB-VGA-and-DVI-Dual-Port-External-Video-Adapter

It works fine for music, probably wont work well for games, but I've never tried. Its a bit fiddly to set the driver up though. Other than that its pretty cool!
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