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triple monitors is it max resolution per display? or over multiple displays?

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April 21, 2013 5:32:55 AM

I am looking for a cheap triple monitor setup (not gaming) with each monitor running at a res of 1920x1080 but i'm having a problem.

When you go on websites for graphics cards take example http://www.zotacusa.com/geforce-gt-630-synergy-4gb-zt-60405-10l.html the max resolution says 2560x1600 is that the total of 3 displays or is that per display.

And take this for another example http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4255#sp it says Digital max resolution is 2560 x 1600 is that talking about all three monitors running off two dvi ports and the hdmi at a total of that 2560x1600 or each with a max of that resolution over all three displays.

furthermore can you help me choose the best graphics card for 3 monitors running at 1920x1080 each for £70 or round about.

for those who don't know you can view the cards prices in the pounds you can here >> http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/

thank you, your help will be much appreciated.

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April 21, 2013 5:41:27 AM

It's per-display, so you're all good there. Even a cheap, modern, 3 display card will drive 3x1080p no worries.
Just be careful with AMD cards as any monitors beyond the 2nd, (so 3rd, 4th monitors) must either use a displayport or an "active" displayport to DVI/HDMI adapter. They're not too expensive now but they can be hard to find. It's the ACTIVE bit that's important.
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April 21, 2013 5:43:20 AM

A single card that has 3 display outputs can run 3 monitors at 2560x1600 resolution. The card you choose doesn't really matter if you're not playing games on it as long as the ports match with the monitors you're getting. Just make sure that it supports 3 or more monitors and you're good to go.
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April 21, 2013 5:57:09 AM

rhysiam said:
It's per-display, so you're all good there. Even a cheap, modern, 3 display card will drive 3x1080p no worries.
Just be careful with AMD cards as any monitors beyond the 2nd, (so 3rd, 4th monitors) must either use a displayport or an "active" displayport to DVI/HDMI adapter. They're not too expensive now but they can be hard to find. It's the ACTIVE bit that's important.


rhysiam said:
Something like this would do the trick: Gigabyte GT640, £71, http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-gigabyte-gt-640-hd-s...
There are models for £60, but cheaper brands. That Gigabyte board happens to support 4 displays if you ever feel so inclined :-).



That's one i've linked :p , and thank you for taking your time to look for one, you've reassured me that's the one i should get!!! i wasn't too sure about it at first!!

but just a quick question except for the vga port will the other three ports output in full HD 1080p?
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a b C Monitor
April 21, 2013 5:59:35 AM

That's funny, I didn't check your link! That'll do you just fine though.
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April 21, 2013 6:10:24 AM

rhysiam said:
That's funny, I didn't check your link! That'll do you just fine though.


just a quick question except for the vga port will the other three ports output in full HD 1080p?
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April 21, 2013 7:48:38 AM

yusaf said:
rhysiam said:
That's funny, I didn't check your link! That'll do you just fine though.


just a quick question except for the vga port will the other three ports output in full HD 1080p?


Yup, DVI and HDMI both support at least 1080p. That card will drive 3 1080p displays no problem.
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