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Can you use the i5 graphic unit for a second monitor?

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November 11, 2012 6:09:15 PM

Hi! i have a system with an i5 3550 and a 670 gtx ... so i was hoping to get a second monitor but can i configure it so my i5's graphic card will be used for the second monitor only? so my 670 gtx wont lack any performance for my main gaming monitor


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November 11, 2012 7:16:43 PM

Yes, you should be able to.

Just try plugging the second monitor into the back of your motherboard.
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November 11, 2012 7:33:50 PM

I don't believe so - even when plugged into the motherboard, it'll still be processing through the GPU.

That being said... a 670 isn't even going to notice a second monitor not used for gamin.
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November 11, 2012 7:50:17 PM

Having a second monitor hooked to a GPU has minimal effect on game performance.
I have a GTX 480 hooked up to 2 monitors, and my FPS in games, as well as synthetic benchmark scores don't even fluctuate by a tenth of a percent.

The performance loss is completely negligible.

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November 11, 2012 8:10:28 PM

Using the GTX 670 will not affect performance, however it will keep it from going to low power mode when not gaming.

Using the iGPU though does not use your GPU, as when I uninstall my drivers to update them, everything gets moved to my second monitor which is connected via 2500K/Motherboard.
November 11, 2012 8:12:57 PM

ok so bottom line is it is impossible right? or did cliffro just say that it is and im just too dumb to comprehend his reply XD
thanks for all your input!
November 12, 2012 2:46:32 PM

Best answer selected by jasonkang93.