Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Dual monitor SLI

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
Share
October 14, 2010 6:05:20 PM

Hello to fellow members, I just joined site on the recommendation of my buddy, I am glad that he sent me here. I just bought two Asus GTX 480s that I plan to SLI. I also have two 22 inch monitors that I want to use. Is it possible to run a dual monitor setup while in SLI mode? Thanks again, nice to be apart of this community.

More about : dual monitor sli

a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 6:22:44 PM

I might be wrong as I haven't used SLI/Crossfire personally, but I believe all the displays work as long as they're connected to the primary video card.
m
0
l
October 14, 2010 6:31:04 PM

Of course you can use 2 monitors. Only 1 will be for gaming though.
m
0
l
Related resources
October 14, 2010 6:42:15 PM

Petey, so what you are saying is, when I'm gaming, only one monitor will display the game? Why wouldn't both monitors display the game? Thank you guys for the replies.
m
0
l
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 6:58:51 PM

Scrub that, Surround vision does not support a two display config.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 7:16:08 PM

Follow mousemonkey lead, if you want dual monitors for gaming you would need ATI eyefinity.
m
0
l
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 7:39:28 PM

According to what I can glean from the Nvidia site you can game on either one screen or spread over three screens but not two. If anybody wants to send me a couple of 4xx cards I'm quite happy to experiment for them though. :D 
m
0
l
October 14, 2010 7:46:29 PM

Mousemonkey said:
According to what I can glean from the Nvidia site you can game on either one screen or spread over three screens but not two. If anybody wants to send me a couple of 4xx cards I'm quite happy to experiment for them though. :D 



Thanks mousemonkey, very helpful info.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 7:46:37 PM

Mousemonkey said:
According to what I can glean from the Nvidia site you can game on either one screen or spread over three screens but not two. If anybody wants to send me a couple of 4xx cards I'm quite happy to experiment for them though. :D 


I have the opposite problem, I have two 5850s but only one monitor to test out ATIs multi-monitor gaming(eyefinity)
m
0
l
October 14, 2010 7:50:42 PM

deweycd said:
Follow mousemonkey lead, if you want dual monitors for gaming you would need ATI eyefinity.


Okay thanks. I used to have a set of 5870s in tri-fire that I ran with eyefinity but, I didn't care for ATI's drivers so, I sold that gaming rig.
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 7:53:53 PM

I guess you might just have to go with Tri-Monitor instead of Dual-Monitor.
m
0
l
October 14, 2010 7:58:09 PM

@deweycd, lol, I think if I spend any more money, the wifey will kill me. over $800 in graphics cards last week and, a $200 SSD yesterday. If I bought a third monitor, she would most likely divorce me. lol!
m
0
l
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 7:58:20 PM

Who can argue with valid reasons to upgrade??
m
0
l
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 8:00:38 PM

Quote:
the monitor or the wife..? ;) 

:lol: 
m
0
l
October 14, 2010 8:06:22 PM

Quote:
the monitor or the wife..? ;) 


I knew I should of stayed single :D  You guys have been a big help. After coming off an ATI setup, all the Nvidia stuff is new to me. :o 
m
0
l
a c 271 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 8:11:53 PM

The plus point with the Nvidia setup and three screens is that you won't need to mess around with DP adapters, just plug your DVI's in and go!
m
0
l
a c 259 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 8:24:24 PM

As I understand it, Nvidia sli will support dual monitors if the game is multi monitor aware like FSX.

If a game can run in windowed mode, could you not extend it across two monitors?

m
0
l
a c 259 U Graphics card
October 14, 2010 9:08:48 PM

If it is a strategy game, perhaps not much is needed. For a fast action shooter, then much more will be needed.
Two 1080P monitors is about 4million pixels to manage. That is just about what a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor has, and we know that it takes something strong to manage that with top frame rates. Three such monitors will be half again more!
m
0
l
!