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Hey folks. I know this isn't really an overclocking question or anything but people on this forum are very helpful 99% of the time so I thought I'd give it a shot.

My system is this:

I have one computer in the study which is hooked up to a 24" in the study via DVI. My study backs onto my bedroom though so I thought it'd be cool to punch a hole in the wall and connect the computer up simultaneously to the 32" tv in the bedroom via HDMI. Both are 1920x1080 In the bedroom I have separate (wireless) peripherals.

Pretty much everything is working a treat. I have one issue though with how to handle the video output. The screens show the exact same thing but I'll only ever be using one screen at a time. When I'm playing a game though, I'd expect the frame rate to take a bit of a hit since the video card is having to work twice as hard, displaying the game on two 1920x1080 screens. How can I work around this short of unplugging the monitor not in use every time?

On a curious side note, I ran a GTA IV benchmark with 100% max settings and got an average of 65 fps when only doing it on a single monitor (set in windows to only display on one monitor, the other one wasn't unplugged) and still the same average of 65 fps when the game was being run on both screens. Why is this? Is it because my computer is so beasty (see sig) that the extra monitor doesn't matter? I'm struggling to believe that though because surely running something at effectively twice the resolution would make things slower.

Anyway, help would be appreciated
Moloney
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i7 950 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte x58 UD3R Gigabyte 6970 Corsair Dominator GT 1600 MHz 8-8-8-24 
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1TB, 200GB, 120GB Samsung BluRay reader, regular burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung 24" and Samsung 32" TV 
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Moloney
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i7 950 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte x58 UD3R Gigabyte 6970 Corsair Dominator GT 1600 MHz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB, 200GB, 120GB Samsung BluRay reader, regular burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung 24" and Samsung 32" TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition and Shintaro Wireless Antec 650W Coolermaster 690 Microsoft Habu and Razer Mamba 
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post #2 of 3
Assuming your graphic card is that in the sig...
Make profiles in CCC. Go to desktop and display. There you'll see two monitor icons. You simply disable one monitor and save that as one profile. You can set a keyboard shortcut and/or shortcut icons. Then do the same for the other. So now you can switch back and forth right before you go into a game.

example:
ctrl+shift+1 this is monitor A on only
ctrl+shift+2 this is monitor B on only
ctrl+shift+3 this is both monitors on
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SSD 840 Evo 1TB Swiftech H20-220 Edge Win10 x64 Dell U2410 
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Cheers for the help but I've been told that apparently having two monitors show the same image does not affect performance. That definitely agrees with what my results are showing.
Moloney
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte x58 UD3R Gigabyte 6970 Corsair Dominator GT 1600 MHz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB, 200GB, 120GB Samsung BluRay reader, regular burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung 24" and Samsung 32" TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition and Shintaro Wireless Antec 650W Coolermaster 690 Microsoft Habu and Razer Mamba 
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Moloney
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 950 @ 4.2GHz Gigabyte x58 UD3R Gigabyte 6970 Corsair Dominator GT 1600 MHz 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB, 200GB, 120GB Samsung BluRay reader, regular burner Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung 24" and Samsung 32" TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition and Shintaro Wireless Antec 650W Coolermaster 690 Microsoft Habu and Razer Mamba 
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