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Eyefinity Cable?

Just bought a new 6870 with 2 mini display ports. I want to set up eyefinity and 3 monitors. What cable can I use without spending a lot of money for active adapters? The third monitor I have has both dvi and vga. I was thinking a passive vga could possibly work? Can anyone recommend a cable?
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  1. Passive adapters are hit and miss. I think they have active ones online for like $25 now though (they used to be like $65). Hopefully someone will waltz through here with a perfect suggestion though.
  2. Well I found this one which reviewers say it seems to work
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042801&p_id=5135&seq=1&format=4#feedback

    I think my video card comes with a mini-displayport to displayport adapter. Add the adapter above should technically work?
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    Sapphire makes affordable active display ports (<$30). I don't have experience with eyefinity, but when I was researching it, that was apparently the way to go.

    However, I do suggest you re-think your options. For eyefinity to work well, you'd want all 3 of your monitors to be the exact same, as the resolutions have to match for all displays, and then you still have bezels. I was thinking about buying 3 1440x900 monitors for a while, decided against it, and just bought my current 1200p monitor. I'm glad with my choice. A single 6870 would struggle with eyefinity anyway. You'd want 2 or 3 fast GPUs to take advantage of all that screen space.

    If you want to connect multiple monitors, it works well to leave them as separate displays. That way your game will only display on 1, but you still have 3 screens of space when you're doing other things.
  4. hapkido said:
    Sapphire makes affordable active display ports (<$30). I don't have experience with eyefinity, but when I was researching it, that was apparently the way to go.

    However, I do suggest you re-think your options. For eyefinity to work well, you'd want all 3 of your monitors to be the exact same, as the resolutions have to match for all displays, and then you still have bezels. I was thinking about buying 3 1440x900 monitors for a while, decided against it, and just bought my current 1200p monitor. I'm glad with my choice. A single 6870 would struggle with eyefinity anyway. You'd want 2 or 3 fast GPUs to take advantage of all that screen space.

    If you want to connect multiple monitors, it works well to leave them as separate displays. That way your game will only display on 1, but you still have 3 screens of space when you're doing other things.


    I just checked newegg and you seem to be right. Found an active dvi adapter for $30. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999034

    And I should clarify what I meant by eyefinity is just having 3 separate monitors. I have no real desire to game with eyefinity, 1 is fine.

    I think this just about answers this thread. Thanks for the help.
  5. Best answer selected by llee8820.
  6. If you have a Z68 motherboard, the IGP can drive two, so you can run four with a discrete GPU (I think Virtu might be required).
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