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Running second monitor... use 7950, onboard, or add in an extra card?

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Hey guys. I am about to finish up my Ivy Bridge setup tomorrow, and had one question remaining. For awhile now I have been using AMD/ATI cards as my primary card, and then kept a 8800GT for PhysX and to have my second monitor hooked up to. However, now I have what seems to be a legitimate choice between using onboard video or still using the 8800GT (obviously I'd lose PhysX support if i go onboard, but it doesnt seem many games use it anyway).

Anyway, short version is, to free up my 7950 from any unnecessary additional work, should I use my 8800GT still, or just use the onboard video?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
Use the 7950. It should have enough processing ability to run two monitors.
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Use the 7950. It should have enough processing ability to run two monitors.
Agreed the 7950 should easily be capable to run two monitors.
Unless you have an original 7950
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is there no performance hit from it having to drive the second monitor while playing a game? I mean, I guess we're probably only talking 1-2 frames here, but I just want to be sure I am getting the most out of my system smile.gif Thanks!
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Yup that 7950 should be fine with 2 monitors unless it is some really high resolution like 2560x1600. Even then I don't think it would have any major issue running it.
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I run 2560x1600 and 1920x1080 off my 7970. It makes absolutely ZERO difference in gaming (from what I can tell) when I disconnect my 1080p screen.

I'd say just run them both off one card, its less hassle that way.
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I run 2560x1600 and 1920x1080 off my 7970. It makes absolutely ZERO difference in gaming (from what I can tell) when I disconnect my 1080p screen.
I'd say just run them both off one card, its less hassle that way.
Just goes to show the power of these cards and increases my interest in selling a kidney for a batch of them biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

I run 2560x1600 and 1920x1080 off my 7970. It makes absolutely ZERO difference in gaming (from what I can tell) when I disconnect my 1080p screen.
I'd say just run them both off one card, its less hassle that way.
Just goes to show the power of these cards and increases my interest in selling a kidney for a batch of them biggrin.gif

Not really. wink.gif I've NEVER had a problem running a 2D secondary display ever since my first GeForce 8 series card (I've always been a 2 display guy).
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