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So in the next 24/48 hours, I'm going to be pulling the trigger on my Eyefinity setup. I just want to double check my shopping list before submitting everything.

AMD 7970 or 7950 (still undecided at this point, but need to make up my mind fast)
3x Dell U2412M
2x of these DisplayPort cables

The cables are the biggest part I want to check on, to make sure those are the right ones. The U2412M's have a regular sized DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connection. Figure 2 of them will go straight DisplayPort so I don't need adapters, and one will just go DVI.

That should be all I need to get my Eyefinity setup up and running, correct?
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I don't know much about the new 7 series just yet, so I'm not sure if it will support 3 monitors without using an active display adaptor.
But for all other ATI cards you will need an "Active" display port adaptor like this one: to run 3 monitors.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999030

You will only need one of these cables. You can then use the 2 DVI (or DVI & HDMI) outputs and the active display port adaptor.
 
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You should be all set. Of course, depending on what performance you want, a single card might not be enough, but that's another story.

To get it going, you should be ok. You actually only need a single Display port cable too, since the cards usually come with a few converter cables (miniDisplay->DVI, minidisplay->HDMI), which you can then use with the standard DVI cables that come with your monitor. So check what your video card comes with.

And you only need 1 display port connection, the other 2 can be passive connections (DVI,HDMI,VGA).
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So in the next 24/48 hours, I'm going to be pulling the trigger on my Eyefinity setup. I just want to double check my shopping list before submitting everything.
AMD 7970 or 7950 (still undecided at this point, but need to make up my mind fast)
 
3x Dell U2412M
2x of these DisplayPort cables
 
The cables are the biggest part I want to check on, to make sure those are the right ones. The U2412M's have a regular sized DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA connection. Figure 2 of them will go straight DisplayPort so I don't need adapters, and one will just go DVI.
 
That should be all I need to get my Eyefinity setup up and running, correct?


You are set and good to go with the cables (I believe there's one supplied with the card).

 

You might want to consider to get additional MiniDP-DVI Active adapter later, in case you experience screen tearing or flickering.

 

 

Like this;

 

U2412M DVI > DVI > 7970

U2412M DVI > DVI-MiniDP > 7970 (one supplied with the card)

U2412M DVI > DVI-MiniDP > 7970 (need to buy one)

 

Amazon.com: Accell B087B-006B UltraAV Mini DisplayPort to DVI-

 

41FPlvq8TsL.jpg
 

 

 


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Yep, Ken's saying the truth. I actually bought a cheap miniDisplayPort->DisplayPort cable and it gave me lots of problems, so I just threw it out and used one of the Active minidDisplayPort->DVI converter cables that came with the card - 7970 Sapphire. So if you get that card you actually just need another passive miniDisplay->DVI cable.
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Maybe I'm just confused... But why would I want to convert MDP to DVI? Wouldn't it just be easier to use the 2x MDP out ports on the card, into a DP in on the back of the U2412M's? I understand the need for an active adapter if you need to go from MDP out on the card, to DVI in on the monitor. I'm just confused on why that would cause problems. Using a MDP > DP cable seems like it would be better, a "pure" signal instead of one that's actively converted? No?
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Maybe I'm just confused... But why would I want to convert MDP to DVI? Wouldn't it just be easier to use the 2x MDP out ports on the card, into a DP in on the back of the U2412M's? I understand the need for an active adapter if you need to go from MDP out on the card, to DVI in on the monitor. I'm just confused on why that would cause problems. Using a MDP > DP cable seems like it would be better, a "pure" signal instead of one that's actively converted? No?

You may get screen flicker/tearing if you get a cheap cable. That was my case. However you might be OK with these cables too, who knows. I guess it's worth a try for this cheap price.
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I just have 2 small tidbits to add:
My XFX came with NO adapters except a dvi > vga, so make sure boxed adapters are really coming with whatever card you buy

I'm using HDMI > HDMI, DVI > HMDI, and active mini DP > DVI > HDMI and I don't have any tearing, I'm wondering if they did something different on the new cards to reduce or eliminate it.
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Maybe I'm just confused... But why would I want to convert MDP to DVI? Wouldn't it just be easier to use the 2x MDP out ports on the card, into a DP in on the back of the U2412M's? I understand the need for an active adapter if you need to go from MDP out on the card, to DVI in on the monitor. I'm just confused on why that would cause problems. Using a MDP > DP cable seems like it would be better, a "pure" signal instead of one that's actively converted? No?


 

Not saying your 3 monitors will experience screen tearing/flickering.

 

Just in case it does, more details explained here post #13, will take a bit of reading lol

 

 
 
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Ahh, thanks for the info.

I think I'll try it with the cables alone, if I run into any issues, that's the first thing I'll try, is some adapters.
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