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Meats_Of_Evil Jul 06, 2011, 07:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 06, 2011, 08:02pm EDT

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Hi guys I'm at my wits end here and have no idea if this will work. I'm looking for a way to use a tri-monitor setup but have many doubts on to what is the least needed to run them. For example, If I buy an AMD motherboard that has on-board video and if lucky, three video outputs like VGA, DVI and HDMI etc. Will I be able to use the three monitors by connecting each of them to the outputs? Or do I need to buy a graphics card with two DVI outputs as a minimum?

The monitors aren't the same size or resolution so I'm kinda lost and am doubting if it will work. What I want to do is just work in Windows XP or 7 (don't know yet) and have each monitor display whatever I drag into it.

Is this mix and matching mumbojumbo possible?

Also, all suggestions on what I should buy are welcome, only need motherboard (AMD) and possibly video card though. No gaming will be done, probably some movies.


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Dr. Peaceful Jul 06, 2011, 09:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 06, 2011, 10:07pm EDT

 
>> Re: Tri-monitor setup advice needed pronto.
For mobos with 3 onboard video ports, it all depends on how the mobo maker design them. It's not unusual manufacturers cut corners to have 2 of the ports (likely HDMI and DVI) being share ports, meaning you can only use one but not the other. In that case, you can only use two monitors.

E.g. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264267-33-ports-hdmi-connect-hdmi-monitor

I think I vaguely remember a similar thread here with the same question... you will need the right card with the right driver to have the best tri-monitor configuration.

Ah, here you go. http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77675/

Dr. Peaceful Jul 09, 2011, 09:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jul 09, 2011, 09:37am EDT

 
>> Re: Tri-monitor setup advice needed pronto.
Actually, after reading more carefully, the discussion in the tomshardware link in my post above, is more about video card than motherboard.

Here are more examples of motherboards with 3 video outputs, but two of them being shared ports.
http://superuser.com/questions/278827/my-motherboard-has-3-dis...-3-screens
http://superuser.com/questions/9100/motherboard-with-dvi-vga-a...se-at-once

I can't believe no one else reply to you in 3 days... is this forum slow or what? ;)

john albrich Jul 09, 2011, 10:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Tri-monitor setup advice needed pronto.

There was some discussion of a 3 display hook-up a month or so ago at
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77396/

It looked like the main 'unusual' item needed was an active displayport (and of course whatever specific OS, cards, and drivers needed to support one).


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