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Dual display port, or two graphics cards, or one graphics card and DVI to DP converter?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Brogan, May 23, 2014.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've gone mad and purchased a second Dell monitor to match the one I bought a few weeks ago.

    I would like to connect them both via Display Port so I need to upgrade my ancient, low spec' graphics card.

    I'm not sure whether dual display port cards are available. If they are I guess they're going to be expensive.

    So presumably it would be cheaper and simpler to either get a single card and a DVI to DP converter or two cards.

    I presume many of you have already been down this path so would be interested to hear what solution you opted for.

    I don't need anything special. I don't do gaming so it's just general use.
    The monitors are Dell UltraSharp 1920x1200 U2412M (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005JN9310) and my current nVidia GTS 250 1024MB is happily powering one Dell and another 24" Acer, via DVI and VGA.
    GPU processor:        GeForce GTS 250
    Driver version:        331.58
    Direct3D API version:    10
    CUDA Cores:        128
    Core clock:        738 MHz
    Shader clock:        1836 MHz
    Memory data rate:    2200 MHz
    Memory interface:    256-bit
    Total available graphics memory:    4095 MB
    Dedicated video memory:    1024 MB GDDR3
    System video memory:    0 MB
    Shared system memory:    3071 MB
    Video BIOS version:    62.92.7D.00.20
    IRQ:            16
    Bus:            PCI Express x16 Gen2
    The card needs to be PCIe X16 2.0 compliant.

    Edit: As has just been pointed out to me, at this resolution, Display Port probably isn't needed, so I could go dual DVI.
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  2. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    They are available. If you've got money to go through, I suggest a higher end card. The most you can afford. If you run dual monitor setups, say 24-27" (excluding IPS for latter), then you'll need a powerful card to provide enough frames if you game. If you don't, then a moderately priced card will work out.
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, in the end I decided to go for dual DVI, or possibly DP and DVI.

    I went for one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0099AOAUI/

    That does all I need it to do.

    I don't even game on my Xbox anymore, never mind the PC.
    Too busy constantly updating FT :rolleyes:
  4. mistypants

    mistypants Well-Known Member

    A second monitor isn't a mad purchase at all! I suppose it seems a little excessive when you first do it, but after a few hours you wonder how you ever lived without it...
  5. Clay Culver

    Clay Culver Member

    I will warn you now nVidia doesn't play too well with dual monitors depending on if you are running Win7 or Win8. The card should do you quite well, if you do have any questions or problems feel free to send me a message. I currently run a triple monitor setup of Dell U2410's and four nVidia GTX 680's (yea I game in my spare time lol). I do highly recommend looking in to Display Fusion as their software is great for multimonitor setups.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've been meaning to do it for a while - just never got around to it.

    I'm running Win 7 and my current nVidia is happily running a Dell 1920x1200 and an Acer 1920x1080, via DVI and VGA.
    Hopefully it should work fine.

    That's mad! :D
    Why four video cards with three monitors though?
    Presumably two of them are linked?
  7. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    Quad SLI, wouldn't work with 3 cards, the performance wouldn't be good.
  8. Clay Culver

    Clay Culver Member

    Yes all three are linked so I have an effective screen resolution of 5760x1200 (each monitor is 1920x1200, 16:10 aspect ratio). As to four video cards, need that much horse power to game at that resolution ha!

    Glad to hear that, you've had no problems so far. I have had quite a bit of issues with the triple setup and Win8 (moving taskbar among the biggest), hope it stays good in your world for you! :) Attached is what it currently looks like (there is a lot of work left to be done on the setup lol).

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  9. Clay Culver

    Clay Culver Member

    Don't you mean quad SLI and triple monitors?
  10. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Glad I never got into PC gaming...it looks expensive :D
  11. Clay Culver

    Clay Culver Member

    Uh...yea especially taking into account it will be fully water cooled by the end of next month..darn Germans and their excellent engineering and craftsmanship :)
  12. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

    Fixed. :D

    Anyway, I'm running dual nVIDIA G210 with quad monitor, in Windows 8.
  13. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    No, I meant what I said. I was more or less referring to why you use 4 cards. Unless you've got 3-way SLI?

    Anyway, you could get away with 3 monitors with 1 card. I'm a big fan of Matrox products. High quality and all that jazz.


    Edit: What case is that?!
  14. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Too much Nvidia in this thread.... its disgusting.
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  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Away with you, heathen!
  16. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Play nice, you two.
  17. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Dont make me break out the big guns....

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  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    There is actually a R7 270 that has 2x Display Ports, and you wouldn't be dealing with having to use VGA.
  19. Clay Culver

    Clay Culver Member

    Corsair 900D.

    And just to clarify now that I read my post again I use nVidia Surround to join all three monitors so Windows sees it as one giant monitor (with an effective resolution of 5760x1200). The reason for four cards is to push that many pixels while gaming. The Matrox cards are great don't get me wrong (used to use them back in the day and loved the fact they are Canadian), but they just do not have the horse power to do any gaming now days.

    LOL yes I am normally an ATi person, but some of the games I play on a regular basis are a part of the nVidia Way it is mean to be played program so I miss out on a fair bit of stuff like proper physX and some eye candy.
  20. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    Yup, that too. I recently ordered some parts and put together a new computer. I just picked up two U3014s with dual 770GTXs to handle the video. Pretty happy. Still testing things.

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