2 graphics cards, 4 monitors?

Hello,

Does a motherboard with two PCI-e x16 slots mean I can run two standard graphics cards (of the same make, ie 2 x HD 6870's) supporting 2 monitors on each, so a total of 4 monitors? So simply don't turn on crossfire or anything fancy.

Many thanks!
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  1. One of the GPUs won't be used without Crossfire turned on, and any monitors connected to the non-functional GPU won't work as well.

    You can run four monitors on a single GPU if it has enough DVI/HDMI/Display Ports. The 6870 has enough ports for four monitors.
  2. Thanks for the response Bad Day
  3. i've had the best luck using Z68+GPU for using 3+ monitors (non gaming / non eyefinity)

    2 off intel graphics and 2 off video card.
  4. offsight said:
    Hello,

    Does a motherboard with two PCI-e x16 slots mean I can run two standard graphics cards (of the same make, ie 2 x HD 6870's) supporting 2 monitors on each, so a total of 4 monitors? So simply don't turn on crossfire or anything fancy.

    Many thanks!


    Yes, you can.

    Most graphics cards will support two active monitors out of the three outputs. There are some single cards that will attach 3/4/more, but are not worth it unless this is a gaming system.
    Just attach two monitors to each and you are good to go. Crossfire does not even come in to it. The two cards are installed individually with no cf connection.
    Windows will detect 4 monitors, and you can use them all as an extended desktop.

    For normal desktop use, like day trading, you do not need expensive gaming cards like the 6870. Cheap $30 cards with the appropriate outputs for you will do.
    They do not even need to be the same make if you are using windows 7. Same make is nicer, since they will both use the same copy of the graphics driver.
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