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GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
12-15-2011, 01:02 PM,
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GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
I currently have an ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP GPU and 2 24" ASUS 1080p displays. I just recently purchased an HDTV and I've come to realize that this GPU cannot support 3 displays. My ultimate goal is to have each of the 24" monitors on a separate DVI-D connection and to have the HDTV on the HDMI connection.

Question is, is there anyway around the 2 GPU limit that Nvidia has or am I going to need to purchase an AMD card to use Eyefinity?
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12-15-2011, 02:06 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-15-2011, 02:07 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
Nope, there's no way around the 2 monitors per video card limit with a Nvidia video card. You can either add a second Nvidia video card or sell your current card and get a Radeon HD 6950 2GB (slightly faster than a Geforce GTX 560 Ti on average) instead.

Note that you'd need an active Displayport to DVI adapter, such as this one, to use three monitors/TV: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814999030

You'd connect your HDTV via HDMI, one of the monitors to a DVI port and the other monitor to the Displayport->DVI adapter.
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12-16-2011, 12:12 AM,
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RE: GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
(12-15-2011, 01:02 PM)lardacus Wrote: I currently have an ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP GPU and 2 24" ASUS 1080p displays. I just recently purchased an HDTV and I've come to realize that this GPU cannot support 3 displays. My ultimate goal is to have each of the 24" monitors on a separate DVI-D connection and to have the HDTV on the HDMI connection.

Question is, is there anyway around the 2 GPU limit that Nvidia has or am I going to need to purchase an AMD card to use Eyefinity?

I'd recommend putting a second GTX 560 Ti in your computer and putting them in SLI. Unless you can sell the 560 Ti for a good price, you may not end up spending a whole lot more just buying the second card, and it would give you a pretty good performance boost in the process, on top of allowing you up to 4 screens.
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12-16-2011, 12:14 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-16-2011, 12:14 PM by lardacus.)
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RE: GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
Hey Mathieu, I found this but it has pretty bad reviews. Is there anything similar to this that I could use? I'm not necessarily trying to USE all 3 displays at once as much as I am trying to just have an easy way to get between the three. When I game I use the 2 monitors on the DVI-D connections and I'd like to be able to just switch to the HDMI input that is my HDTV and watch a show or something from my desktop on the tv. I dont need all 3 displays to be active at once.
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12-16-2011, 12:56 PM,
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RE: GPU for dual monitors + HDTV
I'm unfortunately not aware of any similar solution.

The only thing that I can think of would be to have a DVI to HDMI cable, leave the HDMI end plugged into the TV and to unplug the DVI cable from the 2nd monitor to switch to the DVI->HDMI cable of the TV and switch back to the DVI cable of your monitor when you're done.

Not exactly convenient, I know, but it's an idea.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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