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ATI HD 6950, Best way to display on 3 monitors?

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April 8, 2011 4:48:31 AM

I would like to have 3 monitors hooked up to my pc for development purposes. I currently have 2 22" monitors that i have connected via the 2 DVI slots provided on my Graphics Card. Now, to get the third monitor, will i be able to just get a 'Y' splitter and hook them up that way? or do i need to get another Graphics Card, (which is fine, because then i would get a duplicate 6950 and then connect them via crossfire, and have 4 monitors ^_^) but for right now im looking at the least expensive route to achieve 3 monitors.
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April 8, 2011 5:03:47 AM

Buy a Display Port (DP) monitor and hook it up that way. That's the easiest way.
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April 8, 2011 5:04:19 AM

EyeFinity (3 monitors) requires the use of the DisplayPort. You have two options:

1. Buy a monitor that has a DisplayPort connection.
2. Buy a monitor that does not have a DisplayPort connection, but you will need to by an Active DisplayPort to DVI adapter.

CrossFiring two video cards will make them act as a single video card so at most you can only connect 3 monitors. If you install another HD 6950 and do not setup CrossFire, then you can have up to 6 displays.
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April 8, 2011 5:07:22 AM

I believe you could use mini display adapters and run 4 monitors with one card...
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April 8, 2011 8:29:34 AM

I have 4 monitors on one 6950. 3 Display Port and 1 DVI. There are 4 Display Ports available though.
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April 8, 2011 9:29:37 AM

So you could technically run 6 monitors on one card?
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April 8, 2011 10:01:24 AM

Yes but you will need a MST hub which are supposed to be available now but I have not seen them yet. The ASUS 6950 CU II can run 5 at one time without the MST hub but those are the limits.


If you go here and up in the right hand corner there are white papers to explain how to do this.


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...
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April 8, 2011 7:37:12 PM

Best answer selected by Mdiedrich.
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April 8, 2011 11:14:15 PM

jaguarskx said:
EyeFinity (3 monitors) CrossFiring two video cards will make them act as a single video card so at most you can only connect 3 monitors. If you install another HD 6950 and do not setup CrossFire, then you can have up to 6 displays.


This is actually wrong. The 5000 series this was true but the 6000 series you can connect up to 5 if you have the right card. I have 2 6950's and the primary is running 4 monitors so I can maintain X-fire on with 4 monitors. I will go grab another monitor to verify the fifth but there are 5 active outputs on my ASUS Direct CUII cards.
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April 11, 2011 12:36:53 PM

Verified. You can connect two DVI connections and three DP connections to one card and still have everything in Crossfire.
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April 11, 2011 5:38:10 PM

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