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3 monitors and 2 cards: SLI needed?

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March 27, 2011 5:51:50 AM

Hello,

I'm looking for a good config with 3 monitors connected to 2 Nvidia graphic cards. Not for gaming.

I'm not sure if I need an SLI motherboard with 2 SLI graphic cards, or just any common motherboad would be able to manage 2 identical PCI graphic cards with 3 monitors connected.

Some advice?,

thx!
a b Î Nvidia
a c 193 C Monitor
March 27, 2011 6:50:53 AM

No SLI is needed.

Just install a 2nd video card in either a PCI-e or PCI slot, whichever is available. Connect the 3rd monitor to the 2nd card.

Note: A PCI-e card will not fit in a PCI slot; only a PCI-e slot.
a c 330 Î Nvidia
a b C Monitor
March 27, 2011 6:57:01 AM

Only motherboards that specifically say they are "SLI certified" can do SLI.
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March 27, 2011 9:29:31 AM

This is where a low end 75-100$ ati card would be nice if you're not gaming.
a b Î Nvidia
a b C Monitor
March 27, 2011 3:30:22 PM

You do not need an SLI board, just one with two PCI-E slots. Even a 16x/4x configuration will do. If you don't care about the gaming performance though you should know that you can use a single Radeon card with Eyefinity to drive three monitors. This can be done on a lowly 5670 provided it has a display port. Sapphire also makes a line of "Flex" cards which do not need an active display port adapter to run eyefinity.
March 28, 2011 7:22:31 AM

ok,

I need a silent configuration.... I have seen the Gigabyte Radeon 5750 for 3 displays or two Nvdia Geforce 210. Similar price... It can be a good idea to avoid hot and stress in only one card?

btw, it seems the Geforce 210 has a third HDMI connection.. Can I connect the third display to HDMI getting a similar resolution to common work (office, etc..) or it will become too much bright?

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



thanks for comments :) 

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