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Windows 7: ATI or NVIDIA?

25 Dec 2010   #1
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
ATI or NVIDIA?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is the deal... I just got a new monitor for Christmas which will be a third one added to my system. I am running an ATI HD 3450 which runs two monitors. One thing I don't like is one monitor is in digital an the other one analogue, wish I could run them both in digital but not sure how...anyway, obviously with a new monitor I am going to have to either add another v card or get one that runs three monitors. Soon I will probably be adding a 4th monitor. What would be my best route to take and should I go with NVIDIA or ATI? I have an AMD processor.

Thanks,

Casey


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25 Dec 2010   #2
SlackerITGuy

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Case1 View Post
Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is the deal... I just got a new monitor for Christmas which will be a third one added to my system. I am running an ATI HD 3450 which runs two monitors. One thing I don't like is one monitor is in digital an the other one analogue, wish I could run them both in digital but not sure how...anyway, obviously with a new monitor I am going to have to either add another v card or get one that runs three monitors. Soon I will probably be adding a 4th monitor. What would be my best route to take and should I go with NVIDIA or ATI? I have an AMD processor.

Thanks,

Casey
Well... since no single NVIDIA card can handle 3 monitors, your best bet would be AMD.

And someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I think that you can run up to 4 monitors with the new HD 6000 series cards.
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25 Dec 2010   #3
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Actually you can run up to 6 monitors if you have one of the Eyefinity Edition HD 5800 cards, i haven't seen any of the HD 6800/6900 series in Eyefinity Edition with 6 mini display ports!
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26 Dec 2010   #4
SlackerITGuy

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Actually you can run up to 6 monitors if you have one of the Eyefinity Edition HD 5800 cards, i haven't seen any of the HD 6800/6900 series in Eyefinity Edition with 6 mini display ports!
Yup, I've seen that Eyefinity Edition Radeon HD 5870. Just crazy.

What I'm saying is that, IIRC, normal/vanilla 6800/6900 series cards can run up to 4 monitors.

No need to pay extra/premium for special editions.
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26 Dec 2010   #5
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for all the help! Well, I went to Frys and bought an ATI 5770 Eyefinity 5 which supports up to 5 displays. Now all I have to do is get the mini displayport to DVI adaptors. Problem solved thanks to all the help from the great folks at this awesome web site!
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27 Dec 2010   #6
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Glad we could help Case! uhhh that HD 5770 Eyefinity edition was a good choice, indeed! that would be enough to handle your 4 displays...

Enjoy it
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27 Dec 2010   #7
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

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Glad we could help Case! uhhh that HD 5770 Eyefinity edition was a good choice, indeed! that would be enough to handle your 4 displays...

Enjoy it
Hi Punkster,

Now all I have to do is get the mini displayport to dvi cables so I can hook up the monitors. Dang, you would think they would be included for what this sucker cost! So this is a good card huh?
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27 Dec 2010   #8
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Yeah it's a really good video card, if you're not gaming intensively... but i guess for what you use your PC is more than enough

Here's a MiniDP to DVI adapter, not cheap but does its job

Newegg.com - SYBA SY-ADA33006 Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D Adapter

Check it out
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28 Dec 2010   #9
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I really appreciate that! The only thing is the plug that goes into the back of my monitor is male. I went ahead and got 3 from this place on Ebay...you think they will be OK?

6FT Mini DisplayPort to DVI Male to Male Cable Adapter - eBay (item 150535141911 end time Jan-15-11 13:48:05 PST)
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28 Dec 2010   #10
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Nonono, wait.. i think you got the MiniDP-To-DVI wrong hehe..

It goes like this: MiniDP Port on Video Card > MiniDP-To-DVI (female) > Your DVI connector (male) from monitor..

Although you could buy that too direct connection without any other cables.. ummm, is 6ft long enough for your setup??
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