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Two Video Cards 4 Monitor Setup

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December 20, 2010 4:16:13 AM

Hi.

I currently own an HD 4890 1GB video card. I have 4 monitors I want to use and I still game a lot (I don't need the crossfire performance).

I want to but another card.. say HD 5770 1GB card.

When I have all four monitors displayed, which video card will be used for gaming? Do I setup the monitor I want to use with the Video card and link it that way, or is there no way to control which video card is used for the game?

Would there be a better choice rather than HD 5770? Maybe the 6870 1GB? Not sure.


What I use it for in order:
- Gaming
- 3D Modeling/Animation
- Web Development / Excel / Word Large amounts of multitasking (main reason for the 4 monitors)
- Surfing the Web
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December 20, 2010 4:21:55 AM

The 6000 series is able to support a four monitors with a single card.
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December 20, 2010 4:30:09 AM

Which model would that be?

They don't seem to have enough outputs unless you go for eyefinity.

My monitors are all LCD DVI (two also have HDMI)
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December 20, 2010 4:36:19 AM

6950 Is what I'll be getting.

Will my games play off the 6950 DX11 or the 4890?
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December 20, 2010 4:39:10 AM

Hd 6950 will also support four monitors and it will play all DX 11 games.
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December 20, 2010 5:02:48 AM

Remember to buy an active display port adapter for DP -> DVI, not passive. They can be bought for about $20 (used to be $100).
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December 20, 2010 9:29:32 AM

To clarify I think Tamz is saying if you get the 6950 there is no point in keeping the 4890 installed at all. And if that is what hes saying I agree.
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December 20, 2010 1:54:02 PM

At one time, I had a 5870 and two monitors. Gaming was directed to the primary monitor.
I thought, why not get a cheap second card to take whatever load off of the gaming card?
I installed a 3450(about$30) which worked well.
In this case, why not get a cheap card to attach the third and fourth monitor?
If you have sufficient slots, get two and dedicate your strong video card to gaming.

Since I had two equal monitors, I did not have to try to assign one for gaming. If games started on the wrong monitor, I would have just swapped monitor cables, but I did not need to.
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December 20, 2010 11:14:51 PM

I will keep the 4890 in as long as it's not being used for gaming. This way if I want I can hook up my other two monitors total 6 -23" which would be nice to work with when doing web development/3D rendering.
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