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Need 2nd Gfx Card for 3*1920 Display on Asus P5k/8800GTX

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April 27, 2010 12:57:44 PM

I've got an 8800GTX on an Asus P5K mobo and am about to purchase 3 1920*1080 LED backlit monitors (BenQ G2222HDL). I'm using Vista but soon moving to Win7Ultimate.

1) Can I plug two monitors into the 8800GTX and get a second cheap nvidia card to plug the third monitor into it?

2) Will I be able to span one desktop across the three displays?

3) Will this work now on Vista, or will I have to move to Win7 first?

4) Will either of these cards work:
Palit GeForce 210
Asus GeForce 210

5) I assume this won't work for spanning all three screens for gaming? (I'm looking to do this in future and it's not essential now - currently thinking I'll get an active displayport adaptor and an eyefinity card to do this later).

Thanks in advance.

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April 27, 2010 1:08:35 PM

1. Yes
2. Spanning will not work in Vista or Win7.
3. Nbr 1 will work fine. Spanning will not work.
4. Either would be fine.
5. Correct. Nvidia is working on its own version of Eyefinity called Nvidia Surround and 3D Surround.
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April 27, 2010 1:18:36 PM

Thanks for the reply.

With regards to 3) maybe I'm using the wrong terminology and maybe I just mean extended desktop. Presumably I can make use of all 3 monitors with different apps running windowed (and draggable between monitors) on each though, right?

I'm curious what is meant by spanning though (is it ala eyefinity - all three monitors treated as one big resolution?)
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April 30, 2010 7:21:24 PM

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