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I am planning to get the 500 series or wait for the 600 series to power 2 different monitors.

U3011 - 2560 x 1600
U2412M - 1920 x 1200

Does the 500 series have enough power? If so, then I will wait for the 600 series.
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yeah any higher end 500 series card will work just fine for two monitors. I ran 2 monitors on my 470 no problem
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Are you asking if a 500 series card can run 2 monitors of that resolution? Or if it will play games at max settings or what?

If you just asking if it will display those 2 monitors, then yes, no problems.
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Originally Posted by morgofborg View Post

Are you asking if a 500 series card can run 2 monitors of that resolution? Or if it will play games at max settings or what?

If you just asking if it will display those 2 monitors, then yes, no problems.

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Originally Posted by SherrytoN View Post

I am planning to get the 500 series or wait for the 600 series to power 2 different monitors.
U3011 - 2560 x 1600
U2412M - 1920 x 1200
Does the 500 series have enough power? If so, then I will wait for the 600 series.

If you are going to game on the U3011 I highly suggest 2GB or more Vram.
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I am planning to run both monitors for casual stuff such as browsing and watching movies at the same time. When it comes to using my graphics card at full throttle then I want to be able to use the U3011 while having the U2412M just be on. Will it be able to handle that?
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My 560Ti handled two monitors just fine. I have an Acer 23" and an Acer 20" both at 1920x1080. I game on the 23" while using the 20" for browsing, monitoring hard ware, etc... I bought a second 560Ti for SLI, but the single one did that particular job just fine.


Are you asking about Surround or just Extended Desktop usage?
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I see. I know it'll work, but the resolutions I am using are real high.

Thanks everyone for the advice/help.
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Movies/web browsing you could use any 5xx card. If you want to game I recommend a 560 or higher with 2GB+ of video RAM. What's your budget and what games do you play?
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The higher end 500-series cards can easily support gaming at 30" monitor resolution (with a desktop on a 2nd monitor), yes.

For gaming at that big of a resolution though I'd get at least a 560ti 448 core, 560ti 2GB, a 570, or a 580 if you want to go 'big'. ... unless you're not a stickler for being able really crank up the settings (like AA levels) when you game. If you're not, a regular 560ti will suffice in nearly all cases.

Honestly if it were me right now and I wanted to power a 30" monitor for gaming at a reasonable price, I'd give real consideration to the 6950 or 6970 2GB Radeon cards as well.
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