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So, my friend is getting ready to build a new computer. he is wondering what he has to do to run 3 monitors off of it. My first reaction was "SLI or Xfire...and right now SLI has more of the bugs worked out."<br />
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So my questions:<br />
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1) Are there any GPU's that have 3 DVI outputs (i'm betting unlikely and if there are, they won't run the games he wants to do)<br />
2) What do you have to do for SLI? It's not like XFire where you have to have a Xfire card...you just get 2 of the same cards right?<br />
3) Am i right about XFire not being mature quite yet?<br />
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Try this out<br><a href="http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/th2go/home.php" target="_blank">http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gx...th2go/home.php</a>
 

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yea... but it's going to cost as much as another GPU.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thinking"> i'll tell him, but I'm betting he'll go SLI... That still doesn't answer my SLI/Crossfire questions, but thanks for the help
 

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There are no triple output cards. I'm pretty sure that you can run up to four montiors on a SLI config, but I don't know for certain as I have only run two before.
 

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To answer your question straight from the nVidia site:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>slizone</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>How many monitors are supported when running in SLI mode?</b><br>
When in multi-GPU mode, SLI currently supports one monitor. When in single-GPU mode, users have the ability to use up to four monitors using NVIDIA® nView® multi-display technology and Windows XP Dualview.</div>
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From ATI/AMD Site:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>cfpeeps</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>9. Can I use the CrossFire platform to drive multiple displays?</b><br>
A. Yes, the CrossFire platform will work with ATI’s SurroundView™ multi-monitor technology to enable up to 5 separate displays when not running in CrossFire mode.</div>
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I'd assume for the CF the fifth monitor would be from the speical CF cable, so the newer X1600 verison of CF wouldn't be able to support 5.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>selectodude</strong> <a href="showthread.php?s=d51c1a11b1f7d586c94ba64097780a71&p=1399116#post1399116"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="http://static.overclock.net//img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Only one monitor for Xfire or SLI. You'd need to get the Matrox thing for three monitors.</div>
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Only when in multi-gpu mode.
 

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Look at post #5
 

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so if he wanted 3 monitors, he'd have to get that triplehead2go thingy or he would have to get 2 GPU's and <i>not</i> X-fire or SLI them? is that what i'm hearing?
 

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A X1900XT and a triplehead2go would be the best route(if he wants triple montiors in game). If he wants triple montiors otherwise, SLI'd 7600GTs or 7900GSs would be the best route.
 
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Thanks, and + rep for being up so late <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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No problem, and I'm up all night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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