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I have a friend who wants to use 3 monitors on his pc for applications (no gaming) he has a single video card 8400 GS I believe.

The video card has a DVI and a VGA port, he has a monitor on each one, and would like to add a third monitor. Do simple VGA or DVI splitters work to add a third monitor? Thanks.
post #2 of 15
no, all it does is take an the image and split it, like halfing the res.
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Originally Posted by driftingforlife;13801590 
no, all it does is take an the image and split it, like halfing the res.

I see, so is there anyway to make this happen? He had an old video card with what seemed to be a single link dvi connector that split the image unto two dvi and he was able to get a third monitor that way. Or at least that's what I can guess happened. The new video card doesn't have that same dvi connector, it has the dual link pins.
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triple head to go, commonly used with flight simulator to get your view on all three monitors or more
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by kevin7898;13801655 
triple head to go, commonly used with flight simulator to get your view on all three monitors or more
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/

Looks neat, I was hoping there was a cable that was capable of achieving the same purpose (since the video card already has 2 video ports one DVI one VGA)

Any idea how much this thing is?
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Nevermind, just saw on the side panel on that website the "where to buy" link.

That thing is 300 bucks? O.o

Not quite what I had envisioned
post #7 of 15
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49389&vpn=T2G-DP-IF&manufacture=Matrox
there you go, for tht cost you may as well by a card like the 570 or the like, how ever this give me the best performance in my FSX

EDIT: bit to late
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Originally Posted by kevin7898;13801831 
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=49389&vpn=T2G-DP-IF&manufacture=Matrox
there you go, for tht cost you may as well by a card like the 570 or the like, how ever this give me the best performance in my FSX

EDIT: bit to late

Yeah, unfortunately the PC he has uses a low profile video card, and the power supply would have to be upgraded. It's an HP small form factor PC so the power supply is not a standard one...
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I really hope there is a better solution than to buy that thing. As neat as it is and looks, I don't think it's worth it.
post #9 of 15
For 3 displays on a single card, the TH2go is pretty much the only choice. Otherwise a second GPU will do the job, if all he wants is more desktop then a cheap one will do fine.
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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by allikat;13801905 
For 3 displays on a single card, the TH2go is pretty much the only choice. Otherwise a second GPU will do the job, if all he wants is more desktop then a cheap one will do fine.

Do the GPUs have to be SLI? I don't think the power supply on that thing will handle anything bigger than a 1gb DDR3 card. And upgrading the PSU is out of the question, it's an HP dc7900 small form factor pc.

Also, do both of the video cards have to be the same? Just in case they system an PSU can handle the load? He has a MSI 8400 GS, the motherboard has a X16 PCI lane and what I believe to be a X4 lane.
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