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i have a multi-monitor setup and was wondering whether i could connect 3 or more monitors to motherboard connectors... and my current mb can only have 2 monitors hooked up to it. HDMI and DVI seem to share output. I'm looking at several boards with display port and thunderbolt too trying to figure out which one can connect the most monitors...

my plan is to have only 3 monitors hooked up to my gpu and the rest [3-4] onboard.

at this time i don't have plans of using 2 gpus. just one to cut costs and power.

does haswell handle more igpu monitors than ivy?
    
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so you are wanting to use 6 or 7 monitors at once right? daauumm. anyways I don't think (or at least have never seen or heard of) motherboards having more outs than 2. not sure of Haswell.

but it might just be worth it to run two lower end gpu's. I'm thinking even the ones that run off of pcie power should run three screens. no gaming of course. but you can get them for as cheap as $30 a piece.
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so you are wanting to use 6 or 7 monitors at once right? daauumm. anyways I don't think (or at least have never seen or heard of) motherboards having more outs than 2. not sure of Haswell.

but it might just be worth it to run two lower end gpu's. I'm thinking even the ones that run off of pcie power should run three screens. no gaming of course. but you can get them for as cheap as $30 a piece.

I totally agree you should just get some cheap gpus and you will be set. May I ask why you need so many screens ( video editting, coding....??)
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so you are wanting to use 6 or 7 monitors at once right? daauumm. anyways I don't think (or at least have never seen or heard of) motherboards having more outs than 2. not sure of Haswell.

but it might just be worth it to run two lower end gpu's. I'm thinking even the ones that run off of pcie power should run three screens. no gaming of course. but you can get them for as cheap as $30 a piece.
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I totally agree you should just get some cheap gpus and you will be set. May I ask why you need so many screens ( video editting, coding....??)
my current setup in my sig is powered by a phenom II x4 965, the gigabyte mb that's handling 2 monitors, and 6970 has 4 monitors (three in eyefinity for when i game rarely).
right now i've hit a motherboard memory limit of 8GB. the phenom i guess is "ok" but i want to change platforms.
i do some stuff on photoshop, sound and video editing. light to no gaming. i was also thinking of selling the radeon thinking maybe he high end nvidias might give me some advantage doing photoshop and video stuff. i'm after any nvidia card with 4gb vram.

another alternative for me was just upgrading my memory cause my mb can supposedly support up to 16gb memory but the price of 4gbx4 sticks of ddr2 memory is outrageous.
    
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my current setup in my sig is powered by a phenom II x4 965, the gigabyte mb that's handling 2 monitors, and 6970 has 4 monitors (three in eyefinity for when i game rarely).
right now i've hit a motherboard memory limit of 8GB. the phenom i guess is "ok" but i want to change platforms.
i do some stuff on photoshop, sound and video editing. light to no gaming. i was also thinking of selling the radeon thinking maybe he high end nvidias might give me some advantage doing photoshop and video stuff. i'm after any nvidia card with 4gb vram.

another alternative for me was just upgrading my memory cause my mb can supposedly support up to 16gb memory but the price of 4gbx4 sticks of ddr2 memory is outrageous.

Yes high end nvidia will give you high benefits in any adobe software but if you can a nvidia quadro would be even better for your uses
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yes, i know that the Z77 gigabyte boards with dual display port/TB ports can do this.
http://www.gigabyte.us/microsite/306/images/thunderbolt.html

There is a new driver that was released and allowed 4K support with 4 monitors, but you need a display port splitter for it to work, pretty hard to find one in the DP 1.1 spec.
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yes, i know that the Z77 gigabyte boards with dual display port/TB ports can do this.
http://www.gigabyte.us/microsite/306/images/thunderbolt.html

There is a new driver that was released and allowed 4K support with 4 monitors, but you need a display port splitter for it to work, pretty hard to find one in the DP 1.1 spec.
i did come across that gigabyte board and read on it. i think if it can do 4 monitors it's worth what ever it's price is. but i stopped in my tracks and thought of haswell having a better igpu and thought maybe instead of investing in old tech i should just upgrade to haswell even though i really don't want to.

i only play one game and it's not all that demanding. it's this game. i havent played it in a while. i play it eyefinity (24" monitors x3) and it plays ok in medium settings. the game strugglings a little bit when i have the other monitors on (30" monitor is also hooked up to the 6970 with the eyefinity monitors. and the other 2 monitors are hooked up to the igpu.) when all my programs are up and i'm gaming the game is almost playable but not really. so i figured if i could get a more powerful cpu like a 3770k and hook up the 30" to the motherboard that will releave the gpu of that 2560x1600 stress... and also since i will be upgrading the gpu to a 670-680 4GB i will have no issues.
i have another 6970 that i've never used cause my motherboard only has one pci-e slot so ill be selling both 6970's and replacing them with a 670-680 4gb. then maybe after a few years i can add another 670-680 4gb to the mix.. but dual gpus is pointless for me if the motherboard can hook up the monitors.

infact maybe jsut replace 2x 2gb memory sticks with 2 x4gb thta would be fine and hold me off for a while. i'm not sure whether the 2 x2gb will work with the 2 x4gb sticks...
that's a cheaper upgrade to me for now compared to getting a whole new intel upgrade.
    
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yea wait for the new tech then.
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i did come across that gigabyte board and read on it. i think if it can do 4 monitors it's worth what ever it's price is. but i stopped in my tracks and thought of haswell having a better igpu and thought maybe instead of investing in old tech i should just upgrade to haswell even though i really don't want to.

i only play one game and it's not all that demanding. it's this game. i havent played it in a while. i play it eyefinity (24" monitors x3) and it plays ok in medium settings. the game strugglings a little bit when i have the other monitors on (30" monitor is also hooked up to the 6970 with the eyefinity monitors. and the other 2 monitors are hooked up to the igpu.) when all my programs are up and i'm gaming the game is almost playable but not really. so i figured if i could get a more powerful cpu like a 3770k and hook up the 30" to the motherboard that will releave the gpu of that 2560x1600 stress... and also since i will be upgrading the gpu to a 670-680 4GB i will have no issues.
i have another 6970 that i've never used cause my motherboard only has one pci-e slot so ill be selling both 6970's and replacing them with a 670-680 4gb. then maybe after a few years i can add another 670-680 4gb to the mix.. but dual gpus is pointless for me if the motherboard can hook up the monitors.

infact maybe jsut replace 2x 2gb memory sticks with 2 x4gb thta would be fine and hold me off for a while. i'm not sure whether the 2 x2gb will work with the 2 x4gb sticks...
that's a cheaper upgrade to me for now compared to getting a whole new intel upgrade.

You can run four thunderbolt displays with dedicated graphics on the gigabyte board.
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