Video card recommendation(s) for multi-head configuration

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Mon May 8 20:42:30 UTC 2006

On Monday,  8 May 2006 at 17:14:57 -0300, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> I'd like to hook up more then one monitor to my desktop, work on one,
> monitor on the other, sort of thing ... I'd *love* to hook up three when
> finished, but not sure how easy/reasonable that is to do ...

The real issue is what kind of card.

> I'm guessing someone here has experience with multi-head
> configurations, so the questions are along the lines of max # of
> monitors, video cards that does this well, etc ...

Take a look

I don't know if I'd do this again if I were starting out afresh.
Nowadays there are PCI Express cards with more than one output, and
that's what I did last time (for Monty Widenius).  That was an NVidia
6600 card with two outputs.  There may be more.  Otherwise you will
probably have to add normal PCI cards, which are difficult to come by
nowadays.  You might be better off getting a used top-of-the-range
card made before AGP became mainstream.

How many?  As many as you have cards, slots, monitors and space on
your desktop.  If the slots are the limitation, you can spread it
across multiple machines with x2x (in the Ports Collection).  I'm
currently running 7 monitors on 4 machines.

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