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Windows 7: Three Monitors Dual Graphics Card question

27 Feb 2011   #11
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
From what I just read, you disable Crossfire and you can run 4 screens on the 2 cards just fine.
Enable Crossfire and the Primary card runs 2 screens and the other screens shut down.
If you want to game across 3 screens, 3 of the screens have to be hooked up to the Primary card, with one screen using the Display port.
^^Yep.


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28 Feb 2011   #12
Johnathan Lyman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
From what I just read, you disable Crossfire and you can run 4 screens on the 2 cards just fine.
Enable Crossfire and the Primary card runs 2 screens and the other screens shut down.
If you want to game across 3 screens, 3 of the screens have to be hooked up to the Primary card, with one screen using the Display port.
^^Yep.
I only plan on gaming on one monitor, really. Right now, my third monitor is my TV on the other side of the room so gaming on all three wouldn't be easily done so using the two monitors on my desk would result in the bezels in the middle splitting up the action in the center of the remaining collective screens.

To make sure I understand it all:

1. While gaming, my maximum available screens is based on the total number of screens one card is capable of using (2 without DP, 3 with DP)?
2. When I'm NOT gaming, I have a max of 6 screens via DVIx4+DPx2?

Ultimately, I just want to have a 3rd screen for when I'm watching Blu-Ray movies (my Sony TV via HDMI). If I have to get a Display Port adapter to do so, I'm fine with it. I was just curious if when I added a 2nd card, I could bypass that.
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28 Feb 2011   #13
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

A very good synopsis and quite correct.

For what it's worth, I became an involuntary DP "expert" when I went to three monitors right after Christmas and chose to go the "single video card" route. My housemate never games, so she added a second (cheaper) video card to handle her third monitor.
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