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I like to use 3 monitors... but two are just for extra screen space. I.e. showing an internet browser, having notepad open, etc...

I am thinking about upgrading to sandy bridge and read that the sandy cpu graphics can drive two displays. Can I use the integrated Intel graphics to power my two extra displays and a discrete ati/nvidia graphics card to power my main display using Windows 7?
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I'm honestly not quite sure if you'd be able to do that. As far as I'm aware you can run onboard sound and a sound card at once without conflicting drivers, so you should be able to.

Sorry for posting this if it's fairly useless, just figured I'd chime in with that.
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I'm honestly not quite sure if you'd be able to do that. As far as I'm aware you can run onboard sound and a sound card at once without conflicting drivers, so you should be able to.

Sorry for posting this if it's fairly useless, just figured I'd chime in with that.
I didn't know you could run multiple sound cards so it wasn't a useless post . But multiple sound cards isn't really important for my setup hah.
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the answer is no. you will have to use an ati card with eyefinity
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the answer is no. you will have to use an ati card with eyefinity
too bad
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the answer is no. you will have to use an ati card with eyefinity
Running onboard with discrete is fairly standard for 5+ years.... I beleive Intel made a few implementation mistakes with H67/Z67. I am trying to confirm...


Vista did not support multiple display drivers but XP/W7 does.
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/22/11 at 11:25am
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I like to use 3 monitors... but two are just for extra screen space. I.e. showing an internet browser, having notepad open, etc...

I am thinking about upgrading to sandy bridge and read that the sandy cpu graphics can drive two displays. Can I use the integrated Intel graphics to power my two extra displays and a discrete ati/nvidia graphics card to power my main display using Windows 7?


You sure can
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With any card u should be able to run 2 monitors weather it be Nvidia or ATI, for 3 ud need another card for Nvidia or an active display adaptor for ATI. I dont remember where but some one was running 3 screens, 2 off of the discrete card and 1 off of on board. Since your not trying to play games with the 3 screens you should be fine to do the same.
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I like to use 3 monitors... but two are just for extra screen space. I.e. showing an internet browser, having notepad open, etc...

I am thinking about upgrading to sandy bridge and read that the sandy cpu graphics can drive two displays. Can I use the integrated Intel graphics to power my two extra displays and a discrete ati/nvidia graphics card to power my main display using Windows 7?
yes u can. HOWEVER, if you run photoshop it will crash. photoshop does not like multiple gpu configurations when the cards are not the same.
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I like to use 3 monitors... but two are just for extra screen space. I.e. showing an internet browser, having notepad open, etc...

I am thinking about upgrading to sandy bridge and read that the sandy cpu graphics can drive two displays. Can I use the integrated Intel graphics to power my two extra displays and a discrete ati/nvidia graphics card to power my main display using Windows 7?
I think the first thing you want to consider is whether you want to get a board that allows you to use the integrated graphics. If you do, you cannot overclock with multipliers. I think that alone is a deal breaker for the time being. The Z series is supposed to change that, but you cannot get it now.

You can run 3 displays, multiple video cards, and multiple drivers. You do not need eyefinity, although this might be a better solution than taking up and extra PCI port with a 2nd video card.

However, if that is all your going to do on those monitors then a simple usb video card or even 2 would work great and you could still SLI or Crossfire easily.
 
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