Help trying to run four monitors

Hello,

I am wondering if it is possible to run four different monitors on two video cards. I have an ATI Radeon 5670 card currently running two monitors and also have an nvidia 9600 GT. Is it possible to install the 9600 GT and connect two additional monitors? Any help is appreciated.
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  1. The 5670 will run 3 monitors by itself. A 5870 Eyefinity Edition and a lot of the Radeon 6000 series cards will do 4 monitors.
  2. agb1223 said:
    Hello,

    I am wondering if it is possible to run four different monitors on two video cards. I have an ATI Radeon 5670 card currently running two monitors and also have an nvidia 9600 GT. Is it possible to install the 9600 GT and connect two additional monitors? Any help is appreciated.

    What OS are you using?
  3. Hm, I can deal with running only 3 monitors.. when I plug my third monitor in, I don't have an option to use the 3rd, can only run 2 at a time.
  4. Mousemonkey:

    Windows 7 professional 64
  5. agb1223 said:
    Mousemonkey:

    Windows 7 professional 64

    In that case you should be able to run an Nvidia card and an ATi/AMD at the same time if you wish, Vista doesn't like to run two different VGA at the same time you see, which is why I asked.
  6. Mousemonkey said:
    In that case you should be able to run an Nvidia card and an ATi/AMD at the same time if you wish, Vista doesn't like to run two different VGA at the same time you see, which is why I asked.



    So just download the drivers for the Nvidia card, connect the monitor, and I should have a display?
  7. agb1223 said:
    So just download the drivers for the Nvidia card, connect the monitor, and I should have a display?

    Yes, I've not tried it myself but I've been told that it works.
  8. What connectors are on your monitor? If they're VGA, DVI or HDMI you can only run two on a 5670. However, your card will likely have a DisplayPort or Mini DP connector that you could use for a third monitor. If your monitor doesn't have DP you can get a dongle to do DVI or HDMI -> DP.
  9. andy27tx said:
    What connectors are on your monitor? If they're VGA, DVI or HDMI you can only run two on a 5670. However, your card will likely have a DisplayPort or Mini DP connector that you could use for a third monitor. If your monitor doesn't have DP you can get a dongle to do DVI or HDMI -> DP.

    If the OP has a 9600GT lying around doing nothing then a driver download and install will cost less than a DP adapter.
  10. Just tried installing the driver and the software doesn't recognize any card to install the driver... I do see "Nvidia PhysX (32bit)" under control panel.
  11. Like I said before I haven't tried myself so I couldn't tell if there are any particular steps that you should take.
  12. Mousemonkey said:
    If the OP has a 9600GT lying around doing nothing then a driver download and install will cost less than a DP adapter.

    9600GT uses about 120 watts under Windows XP. Source: Toms Hardware Guide (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-9600-gt,1780-18.html)
    A passive DP dongle uses no power. It would cost more, yes, but depending on how long you're using your extra GPU you'll eventually break even.
  13. andy27tx said:
    9600GT uses about 120 watts under Windows XP. Source: Toms Hardware Guide (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-9600-gt,1780-18.html)
    A passive DP dongle uses no power. It would cost more, yes, but depending on how long you're using your extra GPU you'll eventually break even.

    That is total system power consumption, have a look at this chart which puts power consumption at 86w for the 512 version and 67 for the 1GB version which is closer to what is listed on the Nvidia website than your 120w.
  14. Mousemonkey said:
    That is total system power consumption, have a look at this chart which puts power consumption at 86w for the 512 version and 67 for the 1GB version which is closer to what is listed on the Nvidia website than your 120w.

    I stand corrected. That isn't terribly clear from the article, though. If both cards will play well together, that's great. Doesn't look terribly like it, though.
  15. Yeah, maybe it's not as straightforward as I was led to believe.
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