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Easiest way to get a 3rd monitor?

post #1 of 14
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As I understand it you can only have 2 monitors per graphics card, so what would be the easiest and cheapest way to get a 3rd port for another monitor? Is there such a thing as video cards that are totally **** and cheap that are made for this sort of thing? Would I need to match my current brand / model of video card?
post #2 of 14
actually you can get much more than 2 monitors per GPU, not sure where you heard that.

There are many out there with at least 4 ports.
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post #3 of 14
Most modern mid to high end video cards have at least 3 ports or more a few as many as 6
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post #4 of 14
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Hmm. Well I have an AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (Gigabyte). According to the website it can support up to 6, but it seems I only have 2 ports for monitors. Do I need to buy something extra?
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by egoplant View Post

Hmm. Well I have an AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (Gigabyte). According to the website it can support up to 6, but it seems I only have 2 ports for monitors. Do I need to buy something extra?

Those would probably be DVI ports there sould be a HDMI and a Display port as well
Edited by shilka - 4/2/13 at 2:37pm
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post #6 of 14
Your 6800 series card can drive 4 monitors - but 2 of them have to be DisplayPort monitors (or driven through adapters).
post #7 of 14
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Is there any downside to using a display port vs. one that's directly on the card? Or is it just a matter of not enough space on the card physically so they have to add the mini ports instead?
post #8 of 14
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Is there any downside to using a display port vs. one that's directly on the card? Or is it just a matter of not enough space on the card physically so they have to add the mini ports instead?
The card needs room for the vents so they add HDMI and Display ports to add rom for the vents
Some cards even have mini HDMI and Display ports
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

The card needs room for the vents so they add HDMI and Display ports to add rom for the vents
Some cards even have mini HDMI and Display ports
Thanks, but is there any noticable difference or draw backs from using a Display Port? Can I have the 3rd monitor be independant? I don't like the whole 1 big monitor thing.
post #10 of 14
Not really, as long as your card has enough ram to support the extra monitor resolutions. There is probably enough room to fit 4x dvi connectors on newer double slot cards but from a price / manufacturering perspective it makes a lot more sense to use the splitters / mini/hdmi ports.

I am not sure how this would affect gaming if you are in to that. Running full screen would probably not make a difference but running windowed or windowed full screen could maybe affect performance since it's having to render the other desktop as well on top of everything.

If you have the room I would just get a cheap single slot card for like 60$. I use a 430GT to drive my extra monitors and it has 2x dvi and a mini hdmi.
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