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May 28, 2014 7:56:30 PM

Will having dual monitors kill the GPU faster by putting too much strain on it? e.g. A Radeon 7770 powering two 1920x1080 monitors with a 60hz refresh rate.
May 28, 2014 8:00:16 PM

Not if your temps and voltages aren't getting extreme
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May 28, 2014 8:03:23 PM

No it won't. You will see the same strain while gaming at full load on the card with one monitor as two, but you will see performance drop from two monitors.

However, I don't know your system config, but if you are wanting to have it setup with one monitor gaming and the other one doing videos or something else you can take advantage of your integrated graphics on the motherboard if it exists. The advantage of this is you won't see a performance drop while gaming and using the other screen, but you won't be able to do stereoscopic gaming with this method.
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May 28, 2014 8:08:34 PM

IInuyasha74 said:
No it won't. You will see the same strain while gaming at full load on the card with one monitor as two, but you will see performance drop from two monitors.

However, I don't know your system config, but if you are wanting to have it setup with one monitor gaming and the other one doing videos or something else you can take advantage of your integrated graphics on the motherboard if it exists. The advantage of this is you won't see a performance drop while gaming and using the other screen, but you won't be able to do stereoscopic gaming with this method.


Hmm well my GPU recently just died and my dad is bitching (pardon my language) at me because I utilize 2 monitors. Thanks for the info.

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May 28, 2014 8:12:16 PM

Yea not sure why he is. I guess when you are just web browsing it could potentially put more stress on it, but it wouldn't be anything really, just a small blip. It would still be at full idle almost always.

As for gaming, if you play any modern games during which you don't maintain 60FPS constantly, your GPU is being stressed as hard as it possibly can. Adding an extra monitor will make your FPS go down more, but it doesn't have the ability to add more stress because the card is already working at its full ability.
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May 28, 2014 8:15:02 PM

Does it wear the card down overtime and make it eventually useless?
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May 28, 2014 8:17:13 PM

No more than gaming would normally.
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