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By adding a second Graphics card will i be able to use three monitors?

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April 24, 2013 4:59:02 PM

I own a EVGA nVidia GeForce 9800GT and was considering buying a second. I have a three monitor setup, a 24",19",and a vertical 19", I only care to use the 24" for gaming the others are for videos and coding. I've been having trouble using three monitors and being that the graphics card has gotten so cheap i was wondering if i bought another would I finally be able to use all three of my monitors.

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April 24, 2013 5:19:54 PM

Yes, I've used multiple graphics cards for 3 or more monitors for over a decade (and before that, I'd used mono+color dual monitor setups dating back to 8088s). You would have to make sure you either have an additional PCI-e x16 slot, find a x1 card, use x1 to x16 adapter (possibly having to modifying riser cables to short together the presence detect pins), or a pci card.

Alternatively, a lot of newer cards support 3 or more monitors so you could get away with just replacing the 9800GT with something else. You'll just have to be wary of the outputs of the card or possibly use adapters as more than 2 DVI outputs is pretty rare and support for analog displays is rapidly dwindling to 1 monitor.
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April 24, 2013 5:25:51 PM

zyky said:
Yes, I've used multiple graphics cards for 3 or more monitors for over a decade (and before that, I'd used mono+color dual monitor setups dating back to 8088s). You would have to make sure you either have an additional PCI-e x16 slot, find a x1 card, use x1 to x16 adapter (possibly having to modifying riser cables to short together the presence detect pins), or a pci card.

Alternatively, a lot of newer cards support 3 or more monitors so you could get away with just replacing the 9800GT with something else. You'll just have to be wary of the outputs of the card or possibly use adapters as more than 2 DVI outputs is pretty rare and support for analog displays is rapidly dwindling to 1 monitor.


Thanks for the reply! I think I am gonna just re-buy the same graphics card. I've always wanted to try multiple graphics cards out.
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