What videocard or cards in crossfire should I get to be able to support 3 1080P monitors and 1 1080P LCD tv? I'm not planning on gaming on this system but would like to be able to watch 1080P blurays on the screens without problems.
2- 20"ASUS MS202N monitors (will be replacing though)
1- 32" 1080P LCD
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX motherboard
AMD AM3 965 quad core
4GB DDR3 1333 a-data memory
1TB system drive
6x2TB hard drives
Currently using onboard video
not sure of power supply
Decided to use ATI Surroundview with a 5670 I already have. This way I can use the 5670 for the 2 monitors and the onboard for the 32" lcd and another monitor if I get one.
Hello, I found this thread while looking for answers to a similar situation. I'm looking for a way to use a tri-monitor setup but had many doubts on to what is the least needed to run them. For example, If I buy a motherboard that has on-board video and if lucky, three video outputs like VGA, DVI and HDMI, will I be able to use three monitors by connecting each of them to one of the outputs? Or do I need to buy a graphics card with two DVI outputs as a minimum?
The monitors aren't the same size or resolution so I'm kinda lost and am doubting if it will work. What I want to do is just work in Windows XP or 7 (don't know yet) and have each monitor display whatever I drag into it.
Did lots of ready, found lots of confusion. I think the simplest way for me to run 3 monitors on a new build is to get two cards that use the same drivers. So I'll buy two identical videocards. They WON'T be SLI or Crossfire - they'll be independent. Each has two dvi outputs so I should be able to get a good picture to 3 or even 4 monitors.
I have no documentation or proof, but I don't think you can use your onboard AND your discrete videocards together. At the very least it would probably take some tinkering to get the two drivers working together right (which isn't possible on vista, but I think on xp and 7 it may be a possibility).
Another option is ATI's eyefinity where 3 monitors plug into one videocard. Two will probably be dvi while the 3rd MUST be a displayport connection.
I hope this helps and feel free to let me know if I'm wrong about any of this.
For the purposes of driving multiple monitors independently, or as clones, you do not have to have matching cards or even cards of the same brand, but you do need to have Windows 7 or XP, Vista won't let you have multiple drivers. I'm unsure about paring an on board IGP with a discrete card, but I'm not sure why it wouldn't work.