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July 4, 2013 3:50:12 AM

Hi all,
I'm Waldo, and I'm following you for about 2 years. I type from Italy and I apologize for all the errors I'm gonna do with the english language. However, you're doing a fantastic and very usefull job! thanks from the millions of unregistered people who are enjoying the devotion you put in all this, seriously!

Now my first answer on this forum.
I have to monitor from 16 to 24 webpages at the same time, in Win 7 x64 environment. No big deals: no games, no 3d applications, just a lot of browser's pages. To do this, I was thinking to use 4 or 6 fullHD tv-monitor in extended desktop mode: with the 1920x1080 resolution, I could easily open and view 4 webpages simultaneously on each one. The problem is: I need a huge advise about how to connect 6 monitors to 1, 2, or even 3 desktop pc.

So, the 1 million's answer is: how can I do this with the smallest budget (not considering the tv-monitors)?

Now the already done observations:
1) I'm aware of the Firepro ATI technology but, even if controlling 6 monitors with just one video card is a cool solution, I think I spend less assembling 3 small pc than buying a firepro video-card (plus several DisplayPort-HDMI adapters). Please advise me if I'm wrong.
2) I could mount 2 or 3 dedicated video card on a capable motherboard (with 2 or 3 PciE x16 slots), but how can I view all the monitors in 1920x1080 display resolution? And how much I'm gonna spend for this solution, assuming I have to build a complete pc (always with the tiniest budget!) from nothing?
3) I could assemble 3 small pc with AMD APU technologies (due to the better integrated GPU), connecting 2 monitor directly to a couple of HDMI mobo's outputs without any dedicated video card, but: is there a mobo with 2 integrated HDMI port? Does this mobo guarantee me the fullHD resolution for both monitors?

I apologise for my verbosity, and I beg you to indulge in finding a low cost solution. Thanks!
July 4, 2013 5:02:26 AM

You need to get yourself a video card with multiple outputs. I believe Matrox do several of these. If you purchased a video card with 6 or more outputs you could then easily run all 6 monitors off 1 PC. Alternatively you could get a couple of PCI cards each with 3 or more ouputs to the same effect.
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July 5, 2013 1:50:36 AM

grebgonebad said:
You need to get yourself a video card with multiple outputs. I believe Matrox do several of these. If you purchased a video card with 6 or more outputs you could then easily run all 6 monitors off 1 PC. Alternatively you could get a couple of PCI cards each with 3 or more ouputs to the same effect.


thanks man, but I tried to connect 3 monitors to my HD5800 series, which has 4 outputs (1x dp, 1x hdmi, 2x dvi-d), and I can't view all the 3 monitors at max resolution. This is my biggest concern. I need the fullHD resolution for all my monitors!
Any advice?
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July 5, 2013 2:56:14 AM

When you say you cant view all 3 at max res, what are the resolutions of your monitors? Also, in what way cant you view at max res? can you not set this in the control panel under display settings?
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July 5, 2013 4:04:38 AM

grebgonebad said:
When you say you cant view all 3 at max res, what are the resolutions of your monitors? Also, in what way cant you view at max res? can you not set this in the control panel under display settings?


The max res of my monitors is 1920x1080. If I connect anyone of them to a pc, I can view that res, but not togheter.
I tried to view them in extended desktop mode. Exactly: in the display setting control panel (and the same in the Catalyst control panel) I can run one of them at fullHD res, the second one at HDready res, the third one at even lower res.

So, are you sure I can view all the monitors at max res with just one pc? Have you ever tried it? Is there anyone who can watch 6 monitors in fullHD res, connecting them to just one pc with 2 or 3 vga card?
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July 5, 2013 4:22:49 AM

I cant see why you shouldnt be able to. As an extreme example someone with 2 recent grpahics cards would be able to use 6 full HD screens togeather for playing games and such. The only thing I can think of is that graphics card you have not being powerful enough to support 3 full HD screens.
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July 5, 2013 5:23:35 AM

grebgonebad said:
I cant see why you shouldnt be able to. As an extreme example someone with 2 recent grpahics cards would be able to use 6 full HD screens togeather for playing games and such. The only thing I can think of is that graphics card you have not being powerful enough to support 3 full HD screens.


:(  ok, thanks a lot.
I will do some other attempts...
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July 5, 2013 6:01:22 AM

I can't be certain of that fact of course, i am not as familliar with ATI cards as Nvidia cards, I would suggest you take a look at a few websites on Google with regards to the matter.

I wish you luck in future, hope you find what you are looking for!
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