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2 video cards vs 1, for 2 monitor output

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Last response: in Displays
July 3, 2012 2:51:39 AM

I currently have 2 geforce 210 1gb cards (1 in x16 slot and the other in x4 slot) running 1 monitor each. My monitors only support vga and dvi input, so i have each monitor connected to each card's dvi ouput. Each card supports dual monitor output, but when i built the system, getting an extra card was cheaper than an hdmi-to-dvi adapter -- hence the two cards.

I recently purchased a fanless heatsink for the cpu, but realized that installing it would require removing the x16 video card for space. So if i want to use the heatsink, i'll have to connect both my monitors to the card in the x4 slot.

I don't do any gaming, and rarely run video-intensive applications. Most of the time, I work with large dynamic spreadsheets, spanning both monitors, and watch the occasional movie. I rarely do video or image editing, but it happens.

My question is: will removing the x16 card and running both monitors through the remaining x4 card affect image quality or performance in ANY way?

Many thanks in advance for your input!

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a c 99 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
July 4, 2012 12:54:16 PM

No, you will not notice a difference if graphic quality on desktop
July 5, 2012 3:12:48 AM

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July 5, 2012 3:18:51 AM

best of luck with your spreadsheets! man that is a ton of spreadsheets...
a c 332 U Graphics card
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July 5, 2012 12:06:15 PM

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