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Tripple Display - NVIDIA 8400 GS - Possible?

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April 21, 2011 4:02:44 AM

Hello,

I currently run 2 x 22" HP monitors (1680 x 1050) off an Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS. The card came with HP entertainment PC that I bought like 3 years ago. This card has one VGA, one DVI and one HDMI output. Currently I have only hooked HDMI and DVI port to my 2 monitors. My question is, can I connect one additional monitor to the spare VGA port on the card? Does Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS support tripple display?

I recently bought a Vizio 37" 370VL 1080p LCD HDTV to use it as my third monitor (1950*1080) for my home studio. Since the recommended resolution is larger than what my current graphics card can support, I should probably buy a new graphics card. If so, should I go for a new tripple display graphics cards? or just buy an additional graphics card with one output for the third monitor? For either case, please recommened a good one. I dont need any fancy card, I dont play games.

If I buy an additional card with just one output, I am not sure if I will have the flexibility to move the display around using the Nvidia software.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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April 21, 2011 6:24:53 AM

izzyprad said:
Hello,

I currently run 2 x 22" HP monitors (1680 x 1050) off an Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS. The card came with HP entertainment PC that I bought like 3 years ago. This card has one VGA, one DVI and one HDMI output. Currently I have only hooked HDMI and DVI port to my 2 monitors. My question is, can I connect one additional monitor to the spare VGA port on the card? Does Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS support tripple display?

I recently bought a Vizio 37" 370VL 1080p LCD HDTV to use it as my third monitor (1950*1080) for my home studio. Since the recommended resolution is larger than what my current graphics card can support, I should probably buy a new graphics card. If so, should I go for a new tripple display graphics cards? or just buy an additional graphics card with one output for the third monitor? For either case, please recommened a good one. I dont need any fancy card, I dont play games.

If I buy an additional card with just one output, I am not sure if I will have the flexibility to move the display around using the Nvidia software.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


Nope, while many Nvidia cards have 3 different display outputs, only two can be used at any one time. If you want triple display, you will have to with an ATI/AMD 5 series or better card for now.
April 21, 2011 10:44:22 AM

So getting an additional card with just one output port work if I want to extend my desktop to the third monitor? Will I still have the flexibility to set the third monitor anywhere I want? like on the right, middle, left from Windows 7?
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April 21, 2011 10:52:49 AM

If your going to get another card anyway just get an ati 5xxx series card, then you can run 3 displays and know its going to work. even a low end one will be fine so long as your not gaming.
April 21, 2011 12:44:02 PM

The reason I wanted to buy a single output graphics card is because I don't want to spend $100+ for a graphics card. I thought I could buy a cheap $20 graphics card and run my third monitor off of that.

But, if those ATI 5xxx only costs ~$50, then maybe I don't mind considering it.

Any recommendation on what model to buy?
April 21, 2011 1:39:45 PM

My specs:

>Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (Oc'd to 4.5 Ghz)
>Asus P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
>G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 >Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92
>Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate


So the HD 5450 can support 3 monitors? Hmm..my current graphics card has similar output ports as HD 5450, so I thought they could only support 2 monitors.
April 21, 2011 2:02:35 PM

hmm...confused.
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April 21, 2011 2:02:46 PM

Also I would like to say, if you are going for gaming, then neither the HD 5450 or HD 5570 would be enough for a 3 monitor setup. You should at least get a HD 5770, which is quite good, and can run a 3 monitor setup swiftly.
April 21, 2011 2:18:16 PM

I dont play games, so 5770 would be enough?
April 21, 2011 3:35:37 PM

Thanks.

No, I need it for my home recording studio.
April 21, 2011 4:02:05 PM

I guess, my main question is - most of the HD 5570 that you listed above have
1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI and 1 x VGA port. I have heard that in order to connect 3 monitor's from the same video card, I need to have atleast 2 x HDMI or 2 x DVI (not sure why). So I wan't sure if this is the case with HD 5570.

My current Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS also has similar output port, so shouldn't I be able to connect 3 monitors to my current graphics cards, or is it like...Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS is not designed to support 3 monitors?
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April 21, 2011 4:13:06 PM

izzyprad said:
I guess, my main question is - most of the HD 5570 that you listed above have
1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI and 1 x VGA port. I have heard that in order to connect 3 monitor's from the same video card, I need to have atleast 2 x HDMI or 2 x DVI (not sure why). So I wan't sure if this is the case with HD 5570.

My current Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS also has similar output port, so shouldn't I be able to connect 3 monitors to my current graphics cards, or is it like...Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS is not designed to support 3 monitors?


Yes, nvidia cards, like the 8400 gs is not made to support 3 monitors. Mostly the ATI\Amd cards are ( especially the HD 5xxx series ).
ATI cards does a better job when handling with multiple monitors that nVIDIA does.
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April 21, 2011 4:26:49 PM

Just don't try to game across 3 monitors with that lowly 5570 and expect it to preform reasonably. If you want to do any gaming you need to look at a 5770 at the least
April 21, 2011 4:58:03 PM

megamanx00 said:
For ATI cards you need a card that either has Display Port, or a Sapphire Flex card with a DP adapter built in. This 5570 would suite your needs

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

You would also need an ACTIVE display port adapter. Like this one

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



ahhh.....I guess that's what people were talking about. That probably answers my question.

So if I dont want to spend any extra money on any connector/adapter, then I need to buy "Sapphire Flex card with a DP adapter built in", corre

I didnt see any saphire flex card with DP adapter built it in Newegg.

Can any one post a link?
April 21, 2011 8:00:03 PM

Anyone?
April 22, 2011 4:26:57 PM

Ok, my friend said he has an extra"GeForce 8400GS 512MB DDR2 PCIe x16" lyring around. Can I add this card to my PC, in addition to my existing "Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS" card to run three monitors? I dont really play games, so I dont want to spend $80 for a video card.

Can I do this?

My old card:
Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS - > 2 x HP 2207

With my friend's card:
GeForce 8400GS 512MB DDR2 PCIe x16 - > Vizio 37" HDTV

>Will this work? or will I run into some kind of issue?

>Also how much of flexibility will have to set up the order of the screen. Like 1,2,3 - 2,1,3 - 3,1,2

I would really appreciate your help!
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April 22, 2011 5:04:16 PM

If you have an extra PCIe x16 slot it will work fine, and you can swap displays any way you want in the Nvidia control panel. Thats a killer rig to be running such crappy old video cards though ;) 
April 25, 2011 11:23:39 AM

Thanks guys for all your help.

I got the new monitor (37" Vizio 370VL) and the graphics card (additional Galaxy Ge-force 8400 GS) over the weekend. Everything worked fine as you guys has recommended.

So,
xx Ge-force 8400 GS (256 mb) - 2 x HP 2207 (1680 x 1050)
Galaxy Ge-force 8400 GS (512 mb) - 37" Vizio 370VL (1960 x 1080)


But now I run into another problem, i.e. when I play a track (piano roll) in my recording software (Fruity loops), the play meter/bar starts moving as normal, but there is a visual lag (200 - 500 ms) compared to the audio. The audio would play first then the play meter would cross the played note after 200-500ms. If I move this window to my HP monitor it aligns perfectly, but when I move the window to Vizio, I face this problem.

Could this be a problem with the Graphics card?
April 25, 2011 3:01:18 PM

Anyone? Please.
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April 25, 2011 3:29:20 PM

See if your TV has a "GAME" mode and set it to that, your problem is likely input lag with the TV and has nothing to do with the video cards.
April 25, 2011 3:49:24 PM

benski said:
See if your TV has a "GAME" mode and set it to that, your problem is likely input lag with the TV and has nothing to do with the video cards.



Hmm interesting. Didnt know that!

I know Vizio 370VL has a game mode, along with these modes, movie, picture, golf, basketball, etc. I thought they were for picture quality only.

Or is this totally different that what you have mentioned above?

I will try when I get home.
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April 25, 2011 4:37:31 PM

Yes that's exactly what I'm talking about.
April 25, 2011 10:23:43 PM

Ok tried changing to Game mode, but it didnt work. Looks like those modes were for picture quality only.

However, the visual lag decreased when I reduced the no. of instances/windows that were being displayed. I am starting to think, if this is because of the graphics card not being able to keep up with the refresh rate.

April 25, 2011 10:56:02 PM

I think I will go with tthis card.

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

It says it requires 400 watt power supply. I have a 650 Watt powersupply, which runs i7 2600 Oc'ed to 4.5Ghz, 3 Hard drives , 8 GB ram, A TV card, and sound card and a another audio interface through firewire. Do you think I should be good?

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April 25, 2011 11:23:33 PM

It'll work great. You could even pull off a few games.
May 3, 2011 5:27:58 PM

After a week of having ATI HD 5670 card, I have to say my old Nvidia was much better than the ATI. Like I mentioned before I dont play games, but ATI's color was awful when watching movies. Also, screen flickers once in a while, sometimes freezes.

So going back to Nvidia.
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May 4, 2011 10:38:15 AM

^That could have been the problem with the card you bought from there. Why not ask them and replace it with a new one. The ATI 5670 is much better than a 8400gs, no doubt about it.
May 4, 2011 12:34:28 PM

I have heard about screen flicker problems a lot from other HD5670. So I am sure that's not the problem with my card only.

But the graphics quality was tad better on Nvidia.
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May 4, 2011 3:19:52 PM

That's true, but it looks like it happens on triple monitors. I think.
May 4, 2011 3:28:08 PM

It happened on dual monitor as well.
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