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Multi monitor on r7 260x question.

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July 5, 2014 2:00:40 PM

Hi, I recently have purchased an xfx radeon r7 260x (ZNJ4) and I wondered how well I would be able to 2/3 monitors whilst playing fps games like bo2 or something like that, can someone tell me if this would be possible and any limitations I would face thanks!

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a c 90 C Monitor
July 5, 2014 2:08:41 PM

This one?

2 monitors? Maybe.
3? Probably not.

The card itself is not bad, but the amount of VRAM is not sufficient for running multiple monitors.
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July 5, 2014 2:20:10 PM

Do you plan on gaming on all 3 monitors or perhaps have a video/webpages on the others? If you plan on gaming on all 3, you will not reach 30 fps even on low. But if its just webpages and such, you'll be fine with 60+ fps on medium-high settings.
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July 6, 2014 4:41:34 AM

bobbob1000 said:
Do you plan on gaming on all 3 monitors or perhaps have a video/webpages on the others? If you plan on gaming on all 3, you will not reach 30 fps even on low. But if its just webpages and such, you'll be fine with 60+ fps on medium-high settings.


Thanks alot i will only want this for looking at skype and webpages on one screen and gaming on the other thanks alot!

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a c 90 C Monitor
July 6, 2014 4:56:53 AM

Depends on the game; Some games might need over 1GB of memory on one screen.
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July 6, 2014 5:49:35 AM

How much vram does your r7 260x have?
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July 6, 2014 8:01:11 AM

bobbob1000 said:
How much vram does your r7 260x have?


unfortunatley only 1gB
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a c 90 C Monitor
July 6, 2014 10:35:22 AM

If you get a second monitor, you might need to disable it in Windows when playing heavier games.
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July 6, 2014 1:58:19 PM

Um eduello, sorry to let you know, but you're beyond wrong.... Why would he need to disable it if he has webpages on the other monitor? Using a second monitor while gaming requires little to no graphics power (~1%). It will not lower your fps nor will it have an impact on your system even if he only has 1gb vram.
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a c 90 C Monitor
July 6, 2014 2:05:44 PM

You are right, it takes no GPU power, but it takes some VRAM; My second monitor takes about 100-200 MB of memory to run, and that's about 10-20% of 1GB.

1GB is already pretty borderline, and some heavier games might use more than that, even with medium settings. That being the case, disabling the second screen will allow the card to use more VRAM, making gameplay much smoother in some cases.
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July 6, 2014 3:08:45 PM

Do you have a source? To calculate how much vram a display uses, you multiply pixel count by 32 bits. So a 1080p monitor = 1920 x 1080 x 32 bits = 66400000 bits = 7.9 mb of vram used.
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a c 90 C Monitor
July 6, 2014 3:28:03 PM

And if he's doing anything, that number will rise. A Youtube video, a few tabs on chrome, etc. 7.9 mb is what will be used if the screen is not being used for anything, but of course if the screen is not being used anyway, you might as well disconnect it, right?

The point is, every mb counts when you've got only 1GB of VRAM.

EDIT: One more thing, Windows Aero and most modern browsers can use the GPU to power them (partially), so those can really eat up VRAM.
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July 6, 2014 3:50:27 PM

1. It depends on the OP's usage. If he's watching a video, I doubt he's going to be gaming at the same time imo
2. GPU acceleration uses GPU usage, not so much vram.
3. If all he is doing is searching the web + skype, he should be completely fine

Those are just my 2 cents, goodluck OP!
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a c 90 C Monitor
July 6, 2014 3:53:50 PM

Yeah, that's all just my opinion/experience, so it's also really just my 2 cents :) 
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