Quote: Originally Posted by Javamac
I was under the impression that any card with eyefinity capabilities would allow for it regardless of the way it's under taken.
I know nothing about Eyefinity.
But it is Displayport technology which supports one or more monitors from a single Displayport connector.
If I'm not able to get it up and running, I'm going to be fairly disappointed. I was hoping to turn the older model into a VMWare dedicated monitor.
Any other thoughts? Is there a way to get both the card and the onboard chip to work simultaneously?
This is not a video card designed for more than two monitors simultaneously, as there are "2 400Mhz RAMDAC's" on the card. A RAMDAC controls a connector/monitor, so with only two RAMDAC's you can only control two monitors.
You can physically connect three monitors at the same time, though only two will actually be utilized. But if you use the HDMI (digital) connection then the other digital connection (DVI) will disappear (as far as Windows and the Catalyst drivers are concerned), although it will actually still appear (as "disabled") as a third monitor in the picture shown by Catalyst Control Center.
In other words I don't think it supports HDMI+DVI as the two "active" monitors. It supports either (a) VGA+HDMI, or (b) VGA+DVI. I may be wrong here, but I believe that's how it works.
I have installed the HD5450 in four separate machines for family/friends, as it is a terrific upgrade from the onboard Intel HD Graphics typically found now. It's certainly NOT a high-end card with super-performance, but it's still a very nice upgrade especially with its 1GB of memory. And its price (around $40) can't be beat. And it also is a 1/2-size card so it fits into a "small form factor" case, which is often a prerequisite for the upgrade.