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Running 2 monitors: Can i use GPU for main and MOBO for the other?

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October 14, 2013 2:58:57 PM

I have a MSI Z77A-GD65 motherboard and an ASUS GTX 660 Ti GPU and up until this point ive been using one monitor. I recently acquired another monitor (woot garage sales!) but dont plan to game on it due to its low resolution. I would like to know if i can run it off my motherboard while still running my main monitor off of my GPU. I dont intend to use it for any GPU intensive tasks so id prefer to use all GPU resources on the single monitor. Thankyou for your help!
October 14, 2013 3:03:52 PM

Well not really. You would have to have 2 connectors and it would be a pain in the bottom to keep them in sync. And it isn't recommended to go 2 monitors with that GPU. If your motherboard has some sort of VGA connector you could try.
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October 14, 2013 3:09:20 PM

Amit Parmar said:
Well not really. You would have to have 2 connectors and it would be a pain in the bottom to keep them in sync. And it isn't recommended to go 2 monitors with that GPU. If your motherboard has some sort of VGA connector you could try.

Whenever i hook the second monitor up to my motherboard instead of GPU it wont display anything. Ive tried messing around in the integrated graphics section of the BIOS but so far have had no results in getting it to work. Any suggestions on what i should do settings-wise?
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October 14, 2013 3:15:24 PM

kracer19 said:
Amit Parmar said:
Well not really. You would have to have 2 connectors and it would be a pain in the bottom to keep them in sync. And it isn't recommended to go 2 monitors with that GPU. If your motherboard has some sort of VGA connector you could try.

Whenever i hook the second monitor up to my motherboard instead of GPU it wont display anything. Ive tried messing around in the integrated graphics section of the BIOS but so far have had no results in getting it to work. Any suggestions on what i should do settings-wise?


I'm not so sure about this since it probably never came up but what are you trying to do here? Why do you need 2 monitors if one has a low res anyway? You could hook them both up to your GPU but I still don't see a way for this to work.
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October 14, 2013 3:22:03 PM

Amit Parmar said:
kracer19 said:
Amit Parmar said:
Well not really. You would have to have 2 connectors and it would be a pain in the bottom to keep them in sync. And it isn't recommended to go 2 monitors with that GPU. If your motherboard has some sort of VGA connector you could try.

Whenever i hook the second monitor up to my motherboard instead of GPU it wont display anything. Ive tried messing around in the integrated graphics section of the BIOS but so far have had no results in getting it to work. Any suggestions on what i should do settings-wise?


I'm not so sure about this since it probably never came up but what are you trying to do here? Why do you need 2 monitors if one has a low res anyway? You could hook them both up to your GPU but I still don't see a way for this to work.


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?
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October 14, 2013 3:25:28 PM

kracer19 said:


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?


Just run them both off the GPU.
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October 14, 2013 3:28:26 PM

USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?


Just run them both off the GPU.

Thats what ive been doing up to this point but it caused a lot lower framerate and occasional GPU crashes. Thats why im wanting to move it over.
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October 14, 2013 3:29:14 PM

Under most conditions (with no switchable graphics technology like Virtu MVP), the integrated video is disabled as soon as a discrete graphics card is installed. As a result, the motherboard's video ports will not give a signal.

A GTX 660 Ti should be able to run two separate monitors just fine.

Casey
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October 14, 2013 3:32:05 PM

cklaubur said:
Under most conditions (with no switchable graphics technology like Virtu MVP), the integrated video is disabled as soon as a discrete graphics card is installed. As a result, the motherboard's video ports will not give a signal.

A GTX 660 Ti should be able to run two separate monitors just fine.

Casey

Ive been running them both off my GPU but thats dropped my framerate quite a bit and caused it to crash a few times.
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October 14, 2013 3:32:37 PM

USAFRet said:
Just run them both off the GPU.

+1, Sometimes the simplest answers are the correct ones.
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October 14, 2013 3:33:13 PM

kracer19 said:
USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?


Just run them both off the GPU.

Thats what ive been doing up to this point but it caused a lot lower framerate and occasional GPU crashes. Thats why im wanting to move it over.


That would point to other problems. Drivers, maybe.
That card can run 2 monitors just fine.
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October 14, 2013 3:36:39 PM

USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:
USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?


Just run them both off the GPU.

Thats what ive been doing up to this point but it caused a lot lower framerate and occasional GPU crashes. Thats why im wanting to move it over.


That would point to other problems. Drivers, maybe.
That card can run 2 monitors just fine.


My graphics drivers are updated to the newest version, but i have a couple motherboard drivers i didn't notice. Will update and report back.
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October 14, 2013 3:39:59 PM

kracer19 said:
USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:
USAFRet said:
kracer19 said:


I just like being able to utilize two screens at once. Such as being able to play games on one and watch videos on the other. Or coding on one and having tutorials up on the other. So there is no way to run one monitor off of GPU and one off of MOBO?


Just run them both off the GPU.

Thats what ive been doing up to this point but it caused a lot lower framerate and occasional GPU crashes. Thats why im wanting to move it over.


That would point to other problems. Drivers, maybe.
That card can run 2 monitors just fine.


My graphics drivers are updated to the newest version, but i have a couple motherboard drivers i didn't notice. Will update and report back.


Best of luck to you.
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January 8, 2014 6:18:00 PM

I have recently got a new Gaming PC with a Quad Core Processor (3.8 GHz), Nvidia Geforce GT 620 GPU and 8GB of RAM.
I have researched into it and it looks like you CAN run from the intergrated GPU, if you go into your Bios and change the Primary GPU to the Intergrated then you will be able to go into your Device Manager, and BOTH GPUs will be there (E.g: Nvidia...... and my intergrated).
If you were to do this then you would have to change your game settings (If Possible) to work from your Gaming GPU, or whatever GPU you have.

But, for this, I also have a question of my own if anyone still views this post;
Is it possible to use one of my Quad Core's to boost my FPS during E.g Gaming?
I have noticed that the cores all balance out their priorities and jobs to get better performance overall among my system but if I could, could I use some of it to go towards my GPU? My Graphics card is good but lacks in ability when processing Detail like Anti-Analysing so I would like a little bit of a higher FPS, eventhough I am running mostly High settings on my games sometimes Very High.

Thanx
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