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June 23, 2011 9:27:23 AM

I am considering purchasing a Sapphire 11168-15-20R HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 Ultimate Edition Graphics Card so that I can run 3 monitors and have an extended desktop. The monitors I have are:

Gigabyte 19" 1280 x 1024 (VGA only)
Dell 23" U2311H 1920 x 1080 (DP, HDMI, VGA)
LG 19" 1280 x 1024 (DVI, VGA)

I'd like to have the three arranged as I've listed them, with the Dell in the centre flanked by the two smaller screens. I am planning to run connections from the card as follows:

HDMI to VGA in on the Gigabyte (via adaptor cable)
DP out to DP in on the Dell
DVI out to DVI in on the LG

I have a multiboot setup with Windows 7 Pro 64bit and XP Pro 32bit and I use both operating systems regularly for different purposes. So I am wondering:

1. Will the three monitor setup work OK with Eyefinity for an extended desktop given the connection types I have on the older monitors?

2. Can I choose to have the Dell as the main desktop monitor and extend to the left and the right of that main space?

3. Will the three monitor setup work on both XP and Win7 operating systems?


Any advice much appreciated

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June 23, 2011 9:59:50 AM

1. Yes

2. I think so, have a play with the settings.

3. Not sure about XP, Definitely 7.
June 23, 2011 2:23:48 PM

You CANNOT use 3 monitors on XP. Only Win 7. The only way to get 3 or more monitors on XP is to use 2 cards.
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June 23, 2011 3:53:53 PM

Hi folks - thanks for your replies

htelectrical - if I have the setup I describe as planned and boot into XP, what will happen - is it just that only two of my monitors will work?

And am I right in thinking that to have two cards - say if I kept the old one - I can only run the three monitors if they are SLI / Crossfire connected?

And eyefinity only works if they all run from the same card?

June 23, 2011 4:29:41 PM

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htelectrical - if I have the setup I describe as planned and boot into XP, what will happen - is it just that only two of my monitors will work?

Yes

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And am I right in thinking that to have two cards - say if I kept the old one - I can only run the three monitors if they are SLI / Crossfire connected?

No, they do not have to be connected.

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And eyefinity only works if they all run from the same card?

I am not 100% sure on that one



When I tried to run 3 monitors off of my new card, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it would not give me the option to enable the 3rd monitor in XP at all. Win 7 it was fine.
I then found out the limitation that XP only allows 2 monitors per card. I installed a 5670 that I was using in another PC so I could do what you are attempting since I also dual boot XP and 7.


**When running Microsoft Windows XP, Eyefinity technlogy supports a maximum of 2 displays.
June 23, 2011 6:45:39 PM

htelectrical - so it sounds like there's maybe not a way to hook things up that will satisfy both operating systems, but I could scrabble around swapping plugs depending how I boot right?

In XP when you have three monitors running from two cards, you can still use all three displays as a single extended desktop - is that right?
June 23, 2011 6:47:56 PM

For info/interest of anyone else reading this post, I sent the original info and questions in this post to Sapphire before posting here, and I just got this reply back now:

1. Will the three monitor setup work OK with Eyefinity for an extended desktop given the connection types I have on the older monitors?

Yes it should work fine in eyefinity setup, you are using WinVista or Win7 right? One thing I am a little skeptical is the HDMI to VGA port, but if they make something like that it should work just fine.



2. Can I choose to have the Dell as the main desktop monitor and extend to the left and the right of that main space?

Yes you can play around with the monitor setting inside the catalyst control center’s desktop and display properties.



3. Will the three monitor setup work on both XP and Win7 operating systems?

No eyefinity/3 monitor setup is only compatible with WinVista and win7.



4. Is this PCI 2.1 card compatible with a PCI 2.0 slot on my Asrock TurboTwins 2000 motherboard?

Yes this card does require PCIE 2.0v slot to work with.
June 23, 2011 6:55:47 PM

slowman09 said:
htelectrical - so it sounds like there's maybe not a way to hook things up that will satisfy both operating systems, but I could scrabble around swapping plugs depending how I boot right?

In XP when you have three monitors running from two cards, you can still use all three displays as a single extended desktop - is that right?


No, You can make it work with both as long as you use 2 cards. I am running 3 monitors as single extended desktop, and actually have a 4th led projector that is set up to be above the middle monitor if I want to enable it. Dual booting Win XP and Win 7.
June 23, 2011 7:12:14 PM

OK... sorry if I'm being a bit slow here - I've only had simple single-card setups before.

So can you confirm the reason you can run an extended desktop on three/four monitors from two cards in XP is or is not anything to do with Eyefinity?

My current card is an NVidia card... so if I used that in tandem with the ATI card I'm guessing this would not work like your set up... or at all?
June 23, 2011 7:31:49 PM

slowman09 said:
OK... sorry if I'm being a bit slow here - I've only had simple single-card setups before.

So can you confirm the reason you can run an extended desktop on three/four monitors from two cards in XP is or is not anything to do with Eyefinity?

My current card is an NVidia card... so if I used that in tandem with the ATI card I'm guessing this would not work like your set up... or at all?


I am NOT using Eyefinity in XP or Win 7. The way I understand it, you should be able to add a 2nd card, and run your 3 monitors.
June 23, 2011 7:33:09 PM

I just noticed that you want to add an ATI instead of another Nvidia card. I am not 100% sure on that.
June 28, 2011 11:19:59 AM

Thanks for all the info on this, I think I am a bit clearer now
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