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12 monitor support

Hi,

A friend of mine wants me to build a computer that can support up to 12 monitors for his work. Basically he does stock trading and stuff like that, which apparently requires a ton of monitors like that.

Now i wanted to ask, what would be required of set up like that?

-Would i need like 2 or 3 graphics cards? Is there an alternative
-Does windows 7 64bit support 12 monitors

thanks
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  1. The ATI eyefinity 6 edtion cards have 6 monitor outputs per card. so using 2 of those will get you there.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129184

    will be what ur after.

    YOU WILL REQUIRE MONITORS WITH DISPLAY PORT, or lots of ACTIVE Display port to DVI adapters

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999031
  2. thank you

    I doubt he will want to use eyefinity (as in stretching everything across al 12 monitors), instead he's probably just going to want an extended desktop of sorts, so that hey can maximize different windows on each monitor.

    will that be possible or must he use eyefinity?
  3. eyefinity you can enable and disable,

    same with crossfire.

    for him to use all 12 monitors he will have to have BOTH crossfire and eyefinity disabled.
  4. I dont see any other way to get 12 monitors without having 6 cards lol. Isn't that essentially what eyefinity is? A bunch of displays hooked up together. You could hook it up and set it up to have extended desktops? Or no someone else make sure im right.\\

    ^+1
  5. YES for sure you can have those cards using extended desktop with 12 monitors

    Eyefinify Disabled
    Crossfire Disabled (as enableing it will disable the outputs of the 2nd card)
  6. Thank you.

    Also do you know if win7 will support 12 monitors or do i have to mess around with some stuff?
  7. Win 7 should be fine. (i have not personally tested 12 screens tho)
    i have seen 6 working with out any trouble.
  8. Ah, ok. thank you
  9. The 6950 2Gb will feed six monitors for less that $380 each, newegg have a range in the $270 bracket
    Moto
  10. Motopsychojdn said:
    The 6950 2Gb will feed six monitors for less that $380 each, newegg have a range in the $270 bracket
    Moto


    thanks
  11. Times two for the intended twelve screens ofc :-)
    Still saves a packet though
    Moto
  12. Motopsychojdn said:
    The 6950 2Gb will feed six monitors for less that $380 each, newegg have a range in the $270 bracket
    Moto


    So this will work right?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121431

    I can hook up 2 monitors to the DVI and 4 to the Display ports correct? Or is it an either/or system?

    Meaning 2 to the DVI -OR- 4 to the Display ports?

    And so if i get 2 of those cards, i can get 12 monitors working correct? It says up to 6 monitors but is that up to 6 monitors PER card or 6 monitors TOTAL?

    thank you

    ALSO: Do you have to use an ACTIVE display port to DVI if you're not gonna use eyefinity?
  13. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-ati-eyefinity-radeon-monitor,8637.html
    the card in the pic looks to have all ports full, I know theres something with a portswitch but to be honest the manual will have all the info for multi-monitor set ups in all the various options
    but I do recall that to run monitors off both cards you do not have crossfire enabled
    Can't seem to get the manual anywhere to d/l though :(

    Moto
  14. Is the portswitch a hardware i need to buy?

    Its no biggie about the manual, if i buy it ill read the manual, so long as it can run 6 monitors each lol :)

    Also would you mind taking a quick look at my build here, and see if everything fits; or perhaps some recommendations/suggestions?

    CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4GHz - $299.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115071

    MoBo: ASRock P67 EXTREME4 - $154.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

    RAM: Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) - $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233190

    PSU: Corsair 750W - $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    GPU: ASUS Radeon HD6950 2GB - $289.99 (x2 = $579.98)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121431

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB - $54.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697

    Optical: Samsung CD/DVD Burner - $16.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

    Case: Cooler Master HAF932 - $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Adapters:

    DVI to VGA adapter - $4.99 ( x4 = $19.96)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812267001

    Active Display Port to VGA adapter - $17.99 (x8 = $143.92)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812340010

    Subtotal: $1,660.79
    Total (tax/shipping): $1,832.67

    You think the motherboard will be okay to hand 2 of those cards? I mean, they each take up 3 slots lol. Full-Tower case should be good right? Or you think i should go Super-Tower?

    Thanks man i really appreciate it. :)
  15. Best answer
    The port switching is something built in, like if you plug into X socket, it disables Y socket, but enables X socket to feed two monitors, I've not got mine yet so cant explain better sorry

    The Mobo crossfires at x8 speed for two cards, see if you can find one thats X16/X16, fullspeed on the pcie lanes
    And they are just over 29Cm long so as long as the Haf can take 12" cards you'll be fine
    Moto
  16. Best answer selected by clydefrog.
  17. Thank you for B.A. man, I got mine now so I'll post a pic and info on the switch when I get home from work for you .VK
    Moto
  18. Here you go mate, this is what two look like


    Theres no real manual tbh, but I just found this for you
    http://www.amd-news.com/assets/files/amd-cn/Eyefinity_SetupGuide_v1_AMD.pdf
    and
    http://www.linustechtips.com/ltt-videos/ati-eyefinity-setup-guide
    as mentioned by Hugo, its dp monitors (or adaptors if he already has the monitors and they dont support dp)
    Moto
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