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Mulitple monitor question (crossfire and gtx 295)

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June 5, 2009 10:37:23 AM

I wanna be able to use 3 monitors. So the cards Im considering are two 4870 in crossfire or a gtx 295.

Questions:
1. How easy is it to switch crossfire mode on and off, cause Im assuming only two screens work in crossfire mode.
Can it be done automatically? Like when u start a 3D game it turns itself on? Or some kinda quickbind?

2. Gtx 295, I read something that you can have two monitors in the DVI connectors and a TV in the HDMI and they would all work.
Is this true? Must the TV be some other screens clone?

Thanks
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June 5, 2009 1:17:46 PM

CrossFire X has a few other nice attributes that SLI doesn't share. One of those is the ability to work seamlessly with multiple monitors—no more enabling and disabling multi-GPU mode in order to switch between single-screen gaming and multi-display productivity sessions. AMD says this capability has been extended to more than two GPUs. Even four GPUs and eight displays ought to work effortlessly, as I understand it, though I've not had the chance to try it out myself. The one drawback here is that 3D apps running in a window are only accelerated by a single GPU.


June 5, 2009 2:09:26 PM

Hmm, is that the same with all windowed mode gaming? Cause that would be horrible, I play way too many games in windowed mode to have it work like that >_<
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June 5, 2009 3:54:07 PM

actually nvidia sli can support multpile monitors now this is something rather new for them...check this link out http://www.slizone.com/object/sli_multi_monitor.html it explains how to connect multiple monitors for the 295 it says u can only have 2 monitors but to add a third u could put a crappy card in another slot and run it off there hope this helps
June 5, 2009 6:28:03 PM

So I could just get an gtx 295, have 2 monitors plugged into that, then put my nvidia 7950gt in another slot and have the 3rd monitor plugged into that?
And all 3 monitors would work at all times while getting full effect on main monitor from the gtx 295?
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June 8, 2009 11:49:23 AM

Yes, that will work.
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