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Hi,
I use two monitors connected to GTX 460 1GB while I am working but I use only one monitor while gaming. I want to ask is it better to unplug (or turn off) the second monitor when I start a game for better performance ? or does not matter ?

Thanks
post #2 of 8
you should be fine with it left on, I was running 2 monitors of a 1gb 6950 without issues thumb.gif
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I hate to hijack the thread but I too am wondernig this and don't want to necessarily start another thread.

I am wanting to get a second monitor for well...monitoring purposes or to be able to have a browser open while I game. How much of a performance impact on gaming is there with doing this?
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It won't give you better performance, or even save you vram, if say the side monitor is just on desktop.

- Atleast in my testing. Absolutely same vram usage and fps with or without the side monitor on (and on desktop)
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post #5 of 8
From my experience most game engines turn off the other screen anyway unless you play in Window mode. But realistically it shouldn't matter.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jagz View Post

It won't give you better performance, or even save you vram, if say the side monitor is just on desktop.

- Atleast in my testing. Absolutely same vram usage and fps with or without the side monitor on (and on desktop)

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Originally Posted by thenk83 View Post

From my experience most game engines turn off the other screen anyway unless you play in Window mode. But realistically it shouldn't matter.

so there wouldn't be much of/if any negative performance imapct with me having a secondary monitor for my monitoring programs/web browsing and such?
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post #7 of 8
No. You won't gain any FPS by turning it off. You won't lose any by keeping it on.
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post #8 of 8
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Thanks for replies and good to find others wondering the same.

found one problem: while I play FarCry 3 and move around with my mouse then press to shoot the game become minimized!, the cursor actually goes to the second monitor and the click occur on the desktop.

I solved this by choosing "show desktop only on 1" from screen resolution settings when I start the game. the second monitor then turned off. if there is any other idea let me know.
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