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Hi guys,

Would appreciate some help with a specific triple monitor problem. My office recently bought some new computers for triple monitor setup, and the guy at Dell told us getting a Studio XPS 8100 with a Radeon 5770 GPU would be enough for our needs. I was pretty skeptical since I remember when I wanted to run eyefinity at home, I needed two monitors hooked to each DVI and 1 hooked to the display port. The tech guy there said we could just split one of the DVI ports for two monitors and then plug the third into the other DVI and that each monitor would still have a unique picture on each monitor (is that possible?).

So here's what we have

1) 1 Dell XPS 8100 with a Radeon 5770 (2x DVI 1x HDMI and 1x Display Port)
2) 3 Dell ST2010 monitors, each has vga and hdmi output.

It will strictly be for work with maybe occasional video streaming for work related stuff, will not be for games or anything. I just need each monitor to be unique obviously with no duplicates.

I'm thinking I might have to buy one of these now http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Cables/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=corp&sku=330-1270&~ck=dellSearch&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=33 and then use a VGA to DVI adapted to plug it in? Would that work?

Thanks a lot guys, really appreciate the help.
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You are still going to have to have a DP adapter. The guy at Dell is full of ****. There are only 2 clock generators shared between all of the display out puts. Therefore, only 2 displays can be used at the same time. The reason the DP adapter is required is because it provides the 3rd and final clock generator that allows Eyefinity to operate.

The DP adapter that you have linked is the exact one that I ran when I was running my Eyefinity setup.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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Thanks a lot, my question though is my Boss, who runs an HP workstation, has a GPU with only two DVI outputs, yet somehow he is able to run one monitor off one of them, and then 2 monitors off a splitter. But his DVI output looks different (maybe DVI-D?), that's why I questioned myself when we ordered these computers and I thought maybe it was possible to run three monitors off of splitters for work, but not for gaming since when I was looking into triple monitor setups it was from a purely gaming standpoint. Thanks a lot for your help Moltar.
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Well you could use a solution like a Matrox DualHead2Go that will split the DVI signal. However, it requires a more robust cable to operate which comes with the unit.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Accell-B087B-005B-DisplayPort-Single-Link-Certified/dp/B004071ZX0"]Amazon.com: Accell B087B-005B UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI-D Single-Link Active Adapter ATI Certified (Black): Electronics[/ame] this one doesnt work right?

http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-dongles.aspx
because they list that as an "active" adapter as well but it doesnt seem right since it's only 30 bucks.

Sort of confused because I think the VGA becomes DVI-A right? Agh haha. Whereas the list of AMD supported only has DVI-D Dual Link and DVI-D Single Link.
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Or is it possible to do

HDMI -> DVI-D -> Display port adapter?
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Amazon.com: Accell B087B-005B UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI-D Single-Link Active Adapter ATI Certified (Black): Electronics this one doesnt work right?

http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-dongles.aspx
because they list that as an "active" adapter as well but it doesnt seem right since it's only 30 bucks.

Sort of confused because I think the VGA becomes DVI-A right? Agh haha. Whereas the list of AMD supported only has DVI-D Dual Link and DVI-D Single Link.

No that one is not confirmed on the list to be working. However, this one is!

Accell B101B-003B
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