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GTX 580 w/ 2 monitors: want to get a splitter so I can use 3

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February 19, 2012 3:39:48 AM

Is there any kind of DVI splitter or something I can use to get 3 monitors hooked up to a GTX 580?

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February 19, 2012 3:53:26 AM

Can you link me to your model? Thanks :) 
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February 19, 2012 4:06:55 AM

If a splitter works, it won't allow for a 3 monitor extended desktop or 2d surround. The two monitors with the splitter will have the same exact image.
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February 19, 2012 4:08:29 AM

bystander said:
If a splitter works, it won't allow for a 3 monitor extended desktop or 2d surround. The two monitors with the splitter will have the same exact image.

Damn.

So I'll have to get another Nvidia card?

Or does it have to be the exact same model? (Can I just buy a 560 and hook another monitor up to it and have it work? or do I need another one of the exact same 580 cards?)
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February 19, 2012 4:09:28 AM

Also I'll have to get another board b/c I've got a 580 and a Black Magic Intensity Pro in my P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 right now. Can someone link me to a great board?
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February 19, 2012 4:09:51 AM

For 2D surround, it's required that you have SLI, but if you just wanted an extended desktop, then it doesn't have to be the same card. Brand doesn't matter, but it does need to be another 580 with the same amount of ram for SLI to work.
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February 19, 2012 4:13:02 AM

Ok I've come up with some options:

1) If you have an HDMI cable, use the included mini hdmi to hdmi adapter. HDMI performs the same as DVI. This only works if your monitor has an hdmi port on it.

2) Still using the mini hdmi to hdmi adapter, use this cable: http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-HDMI-Adapter-Cable-M...

3) Use a DVI splitter like you mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-8-Inch-Female-Cable-...

But if the splitter doesn't work like bystander mentioned, then go for the 1st or 2nd option as they would be a separate output.
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February 19, 2012 4:16:52 AM

bystander said:
For 2D surround, it's required that you have SLI, but if you just wanted an extended desktop, then it doesn't have to be the same card. Brand doesn't matter, but it does need to be another 580 with the same amount of ram for SLI to work.

What exactly is 2D surround?
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February 19, 2012 4:22:42 AM

yougotjaked said:
Ok I've come up with some options:

1) If you have an HDMI cable, use the included mini hdmi to hdmi adapter. HDMI performs the same as DVI. This only works if your monitor has an hdmi port on it.

2) Still using the mini hdmi to hdmi adapter, use this cable: http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-HDMI-Adapter-Cable-M...

3) Use a DVI splitter like you mentioned: http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-8-Inch-Female-Cable-...

But if the splitter doesn't work like bystander mentioned, then go for the 1st or 2nd option as they would be a separate output.

I bought a mini hdmi to hdmi cable and tried that but it did not work - whenever I tried to do another desktop on it it just turned off one of my other monitors.
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February 19, 2012 4:24:26 AM

dyl223 said:
I bought a mini hdmi to hdmi cable and tried that but it did not work - whenever I tried to do another desktop on it it just turned off one of my other monitors.
Did you try configuring your monitor setup in the operating system?
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February 19, 2012 4:27:29 AM

yougotjaked said:
Did you try configuring your monitor setup in the operating system?

Yeah that's what I mean - when I went into Screen Resolution or whatever I saw my 2 monitors then the third.

When I clicked on the third one and chose to extend the desktop on it it turned off my secondary monitor.
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February 19, 2012 4:35:39 AM

dyl223 said:
Yeah that's what I mean - when I went into Screen Resolution or whatever I saw my 2 monitors then the third.

When I clicked on the third one and chose to extend the desktop on it it turned off my secondary monitor.
I wish I could help more, but I sadly have only worked with 1 monitor at most. But, I did some research and here are some possible causes:

1) Faulty cable/adapter

2) Driver issue

Try to check if your drivers are updated, then try using the cable with a different monitor.
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February 19, 2012 4:39:08 AM

yougotjaked said:
I wish I could help more, but I sadly have only worked with 1 monitor at most. But, I did some research and here are some possible causes:

1) Faulty cable/adapter

2) Driver issue

Try to check if your drivers are updated, then try using the cable with a different monitor.

The problem is the card only supports 2 monitors. After buying the cable and Googling around I found out the hard way.
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February 19, 2012 4:47:08 AM

dyl223 said:
The problem is the card only supports 2 monitors. After buying the cable and Googling around I found out the hard way.
Oh that's unfortunate. If you wanted to use 3 monitors, then you'll have to get a new card sadly :(  But on the bright side, you might have someone who will buy your card ;) 
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February 19, 2012 8:46:11 AM

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February 19, 2012 2:06:45 PM

dyl223 said:
What exactly is 2D surround?


2D surround is like Eyefinity; 3 monitors working as a single monitor for gaming.
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February 19, 2012 2:49:04 PM

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