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#1 flynempire

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 22:42

Hello, my boss has an existing setup with 2 monitors being powered by a Radeon HD card. I don recall the model number.

Anyhow it works great but now he wants to throw a 3rd monitor in the mix and this card does not support that. Can anyone recommend a video card that can support 3 monitors and is under $100.00?

I would prefer Nvidia but AMD is OK also. Ideally we would need a PCI X 16 card and that contains outputs for VGA, DVI and HDMI. This is how each one of the monitors can connect.

Right now he is using DVI and HDMI ports.

Thanks for the help!


#2 nominak

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:24

It would only be possible with an ATI card that does Eyefinity.

These are the only capable cards.

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 GPUs
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 6850 GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5500 Series GPUs
  • ATI Radeon™ HD 5450 GPUs
  • ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5400 Series or higher GPUs



#3 OP flynempire

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:34

Thanks for the list. I will check them out..

#4 Maverick2k2

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:39

my suggestion is this

http://usa.asus.com/.../EAH6670DI1GD3/

should be under $100 and has the 3 outputs you asked for

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:40

You can also have multiple video cards in a single system. I personally use two ATI 4960's to drive three monitors. They don't have to be identical cards, but it sure does un-complicate driver issues if they are the same. So it may be possible to just add on another video card for that third monitor as opposed to replacing the existing one entirely.

#6 James Rose

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:42

I have one of the eyefinity cards. one 32", one 21" and one 19" monitor. I do not play game videos, using VLC, on all 3 monitors at once. I believe i spent about $150 for the card with 1gb on it.

I'm out of town for a few days, but in case you want to know the specific card send me a PM and I can get the specific details Wed.

You will have to have HDMI and/or DVI conections

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:46

Or you can get an older card that does it, I've got a appian jeronimo pro around here somewhere which is 4 GPUs on one card.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 23:46

i really enjoy my hd5830, and it can be had on ebay for 100 or less and it does 3, pretty good miner card also for the money


  • Output 2 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • GPU 800 MHz Core Clock
  • 40 nm Chip
  • 1120 x Stream Processors
  • Memory 1024 MB Size
  • 256 -bit GDDR5
  • 4000 MHz Effective


#9 OP flynempire

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 00:51

Wow thanks for all the feedback. I like the one on Ebay and the Asus. We will just stick with one card but thanks for the advice on two of them.

James I appreciate it but the cost needs to be under $100.00

#10 Jeston

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 00:58

You need to keep in mind that if using eyefinity with one card you either need to have one monitor with a DisplayPort connection or you'll have to get an "active" adapter to change from displayport to dvi or hdmi.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:05

Yeah I'm quite sure you'd need something like this though someone can correct me if I'm wrong. So keep in mind that's another 25 bucks there.

EDIT: This says it supports 3 monitors and it's just two DVI ports and HDMI (so obviously no need for an adapter on this one). Just keep in mind the size of the heatsink for the system you're putting it into.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:43

Yeah I'm quite sure you'd need something like this though someone can correct me if I'm wrong. So keep in mind that's another 25 bucks there.

EDIT: This says it supports 3 monitors and it's just two DVI ports and HDMI (so obviously no need for an adapter on this one). Just keep in mind the size of the heatsink for the system you're putting it into.


Another issue is what the card will be used for. Gaming is a big use - but some non-gaming *application* software (TD Ameritrade's ThinkOrSwim, for example) can also use three displays. A bargain non-gaming/light-gaming Eyefinity card is the VisionTek HD6670 2GB GDDR3 PCIe card. It falls below your $100 cutoff (even when not on sale) and can be found at retail (Best Buy and MicroCenter) and online (Newegg, Amazon, microcenter.com. etc.)

AN identical card is also avaiilable from XFX.

#13 OP flynempire

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:52

You know he uses ThinkorSwim every day! No gaming done here all business apps and internet.

#14 OP flynempire

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:58

+jeston are you sure that what you are saying applies to all Eyefinity cards?


I want to make this simple for him

#15 Jeston

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:16

+jeston are you sure that what you are saying applies to all Eyefinity cards?


I want to make this simple for him


100% positive. Take a look http://support.amd.c...y-dongles.aspx'>here for more information as well as a list of validated adapters.

Edit:

Yeah I'm quite sure you'd need something like this though someone can correct me if I'm wrong. So keep in mind that's another 25 bucks there.

EDIT: This says it supports 3 monitors and it's just two DVI ports and HDMI (so obviously no need for an adapter on this one). Just keep in mind the size of the heatsink for the system you're putting it into.


Hmm that is interesting... I'll have to look into this a little more.