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Windows 7: Dual screen advice

07 Oct 2015   #1
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
Dual screen advice

Hi, I'm looking at using dual screens for a new build (for work purposes) and wondered what GPU to go for.

The PC wont be used for gaming only small editing and design based tasks.

Am i right in thinking a Quadro NVS 300 is an ideal choice? My question with this card is it has 1 x DVI output with a split lead. So does that mean i can only have a mirrored screen?

Or would i be better with a Quadro NVS 310?

Appreciate your response thanks.


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07 Oct 2015   #2
wasnotwas

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware
 
 

I've just looked at the specs - it seems that card has a non-standard DMS59 socket, but comes with short connecting leads to drive 2 * DVI, 2 * VGA, 2 * HDMI or 2 * display port. Also comes with software to spread your work across 2 screens, so it looks like exactly what you need - no need to worry about mirroring etc.

From the Nvidia site - 'high resolution, multi-display business graphics solution'.

This setup is new to me - I use a more conventional GTX 750Ti to drive my 2 * 27" screens.

edit - the card mentioned assumes 2 monitors with same connection ie VGA etc. This may not be convenient - a regular card (such as mine) would have a mix of sockets, so more versatile. On the plus side, that card is fanless so would be silent - could be important in a work environment.
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09 Oct 2015   #3
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

What would be the outcome of not having a standalone card and just using the mobo outputs? ie DVI and VGA or hdmi.

With just the on board graphics from Intel or AMD would it work smoothly ran at max resolution?
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09 Oct 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you`re not doing anything intensive and the motherboard has the outputs, the cpu video would work fine, but I don`t think anyone would really recommend going that route, but the choice is yours

You can always add a card later.

I have a PNY K600 in my HP Pro 6300 SFF, works great.

https://www.pny.com/mega-consumer/sh...graphics-cards
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09 Oct 2015   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Many motherboards can handle two monitors well enough for light duty work. If your motherboard can support two monitors, I would also suggest trying that first. As AddRAM said, you can always add a card later.

While the card AddRAM suggested is a good one for two monitors (the PNY K620 is a newer version that sells for slightly less), if it was me, I would get a card that supported at least three monitors for future expansion. Believe me, multiple monitors are addictive! I have three monitors and my card supports only three monitors so, to be able to clone one of them to my TV, I had to get a HDMI splitter. A card that supported four monitors would have been more sanitary.
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10 Oct 2015   #6
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

as most people said: onboard should suffice.
otherwise cheapest non-nvs quadro like k620.
quadro has a couple more multi-head tricks than standard gpus.
i'm against tripple screensetups because it will place your audio speakers so far apart that you will loose all stereo imaging.
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10 Oct 2015   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by countzero View Post
as most people said: onboard should suffice.
otherwise cheapest non-nvs quadro like k620.
quadro has a couple more multi-head tricks than standard gpus.
i'm against tripple screensetups because it will place your audio speakers so far apart that you will loose all stereo imaging.
You use monitor speakers?

All seriousness aside, the worst computer speakers sound better than the best built-in monitor speakers (and one can always get even better speakers than the worst computer speakers). I have never used built-in monitor speakers. I would never let something like sound keep me from using more monitors when the extra monitors make life so much easier, especially when it is so easy to get better audio anyway.
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10 Oct 2015   #8
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I'm just curious why some people wouldn't recommend it.

I have looked at the NVS 310 with 2 x DP outputs too.

Thing is the onboard graphics score better than that card itself. So what benefit would a low level card have for me?
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10 Oct 2015   #9
fezbombmatt

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

One other thing, if I use onboard graphics it will be VGA + DVI. Providing the monitors are both the same bought from new, will the colour output be the same? Or is it just a gamble?
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10 Oct 2015   #10
countzero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You use monitor speakers?

All seriousness aside, the worst computer speakers sound better than the best built-in monitor speakers (and one can always get even better speakers than the worst computer speakers). I have never used built-in monitor speakers. I would never let something like sound keep me from using more monitors when the extra monitors make life so much easier, especially when it is so easy to get better audio anyway.[/QUOTE]

no, my speakers wre made by a fine finnish company called genelec and cost as much as a kidney in some countries.
I added the term audio to make it clear i'm kinda changing the subject.
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