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I cant remember what gen nvidia cards can run 3 screens but i (well its for someone else) need a cheap card just for running 3 displays.

Suggestions?



EDIT: doesnt have to be nvidia, just has to be able to run 2x VGA and 1x HDMI
Edited by Blindsay - 9/10/13 at 9:12am
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post #2 of 17
GT 640 is the lowest end Nvidia card that supports 3+ cards -

$70 AMIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162113
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Thanks, so it was the 600 series that they added 3 displays per card then
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alright so aparently the card needs to be able to run 2x VGA monitors and a TV (so HDMI)

I have seen a lot of cards that have DVI, VGA, HDMI and normally i would just get an adapter to go from DVI to VGA but it seems these cards have a DVI-D port which is not easilty adaptable to VGA.
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any ideas?
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post #6 of 17
If adapters is the only way, Does HDMI>VGA work better? Then use the DVI-D>HDMI?
post #7 of 17
HDMI to VGA wouldn't work as HDMI is digital while VGA is analog.
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post #8 of 17
Most radeon 7750 will do what you need with a Displayport to VGA and DVI to VGA adapters.
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post #9 of 17
I ran three off of my old HD5850. Though I am not sure if that applied to all of the 5xxx series, but I'd think even a 5850 could be had quite cheap these days.

I know that prior to the 6xx series Nvidia needed SLI for more than two monitors. Hence why I have a 580 and a 520 in my rig so I can run three or four monitors when I need them. I likes my screen real estate.


Actually...I think an APU with a 5800 or 6800 series GPU in it can run three monitors provided you have one of the few motherboards that have hookups for three monitors.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 9/13/13 at 12:00pm
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post #10 of 17
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I think the person i am helping with have to update their monitors.


The 5000 series IIRC you could run 2x screens on any port but the 3rd had to be displayport (flex cards being the exception) . from what i remember a displayport to vga adapter can be somewhat unreliable.

the GT600 series that i see have HDMI VGA and DVD-D which i dont believe DVI-D can be adapted to VGA
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