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Windows 7: How many people own more than one monitor?

23 Jun 2011   #11
stormy13
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
Well since my GTX 570 supports dual DVI plus one HDMI, then maybe I should get three monitors.
Unless you have or are going to get another video card to plug the 3rd monitor into, don't bother buying a 3rd as no Nvidia card supports more than 2 monitors at a time (not counting any of the dual cards).


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23 Jun 2011   #12
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
Well since my GTX 570 supports dual DVI plus one HDMI, then maybe I should get three monitors.
Unless you have or are going to get another video card to plug the 3rd monitor into, don't bother buying a 3rd as no Nvidia card supports more than 2 monitors at a time (not counting any of the dual cards).

I am really out of touch with nvidia , Stormy! That really surprises me , I always had Nvidia up until I got my HD 5850 then I sort assumed that all new gpu's would support 3 screen especially within the last 12 months seeing as it really seems to be a growing trend.

I have been throwing round a few ideas about upgrading my graphics card lately , 1 option was to get another HD 5850 , 1 option was to sell mine and buy a couple of 6870s another option was 2 x GTX 560s but the last option and the option I was gonna go for was to sell mine and go for a single GTX 570 (Mainly due to being able to upgrade to 2 in the future)

You may have changed my plans a bit now seeing as I was thinking of a 3 screen set up fairly soon.

Like I say I am surprised indeed!
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23 Jun 2011   #13
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
I've never owned more than one monitor although I always thought it would be nice to have. How many people that you know have more than one monitor at home? Is this kind of setup really popular nowadays since LCDs are really cheap? Or do people still use one monitor?

I am a fan of flight simulation and up until recently I've always used one big monitor (27 inch LCD).
With my HTPC, I use two monitors.
One to watch TV, while doing other things with the second monitor.
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23 Jun 2011   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I'm running two 19 inch LCD's on a GT 220 here at home. If I was going to go back to just a single display it would have to be a BIG display.
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23 Jun 2011   #15
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
With my HTPC, I use two monitors.
One to watch TV, while doing other things with the second monitor.
Ditto, for the most part. I mostly watch TV/HDTV in a window rather than full-screen, to leave much of that 24" LCD also available for additional open program windows (even if they overlap the TV window somewhat, which is not a problem if it's talk/news programs, etc.).

ATI HD4850 video, and Ceton 4-tuner/cablecard TV card plus ATI TV Wonder 650 PCI 1-tuner/OTA-ATSC TV card, lots of everyday TV recorded by Windows Media Center to watch while I work. Eizo HD2441W 24" 16:10 LCD on the side for HDTV watching from the HTPC (and even sometimes through its external HDMI hardware input option), plus an old IBM P275 21" 4:3 CRT straight ahead. Sometimes, depending on my needs, I may swap things... pulling the TV/HDTV window over to the CRT monitor and working on the big 24" LCD, if that's more appropriate for what I'm doing at the moment. "Overlay" allows the TV window to be on either monitor.

Been using two monitors like this (one for TV watching, even when it was also a 4x3 CRT) for about 15 years now, going way way back when I had an old Hauppauge WinTV (ISA) card, upgrading TV and video cards along the way ever since. Been using dual-head video cards (e.g. from Matrox!) forever.
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23 Jun 2011   #16
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

A NEC 2490 WuXI 1920x1200 for photoshopping and a 1600x1200 DELL for gadgets, aux windows, movies, etc.
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23 Jun 2011   #17
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I've used two monitors as long as I can remember. It's just more convenient to have a place to do one thing and a place to do another.
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23 Jun 2011   #18
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
Well since my GTX 570 supports dual DVI plus one HDMI, then maybe I should get three monitors.
Unless you have or are going to get another video card to plug the 3rd monitor into, don't bother buying a 3rd as no Nvidia card supports more than 2 monitors at a time (not counting any of the dual cards).
That's got me wondering. I suppose the most economical solution would be to go dual monitor. If I went with three, then another GTX 570 might strain my 850W power supply, so that would also mean another power supply in addition to the monitors and the GTX 570 on top of that.

Maybe not span the display during FSX, but for regular use it's probably fine since like you said, the runway centerline might be blocked because the monitors are split. The second display could be used for things like the GPS or the FMC.
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23 Jun 2011   #19
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
I have a GTX 570, which has two DVI ports, and one HDMI port, so I guess it would be capable of running three displays. However, when playing GPU intensive games (eg. Mass Effect 2 isn't state of the art, but it's from 2010), that I don't know how much of a performance hit I would take. I'm also not sure whether it's possible to daisy chain power bars, because my UPS is all used up, and my wall outlet only has one plug left. Don't know how much I can plug in without causing an overload.
I have a GTX 570sc, you can only run up to 2 monitors off of it in any port configuration i.e. dvi/dvi or hdmi/dvi. The only nVidia cards that will let you have three are the 590's (dual cards). When I play games I only use 1 monitor @ 1920x1080 and I can play any game out there at max settings. I have never tried to play a game across both my monitors, I'm pretty sure that to do it with nVidia cards you must have 2 for "nVidia surround"
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23 Jun 2011   #20
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

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3 monitors for Surround (2D) or 3D Vision Surround and two cards in SLI (or a single GTX 295/590),

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