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Dual Video Output or Two Separate Video Cards for Plasma Display?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mulderator, Dec 21, 2003.

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  1. Mulderator

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    Okay, here's what I want to do. I want to send video output to a Plasma in my family room and also have output to the computer monitor in the adjacent office. I have the option of using either VGA or DVI to either monitor, so I can use a video card that has dual VGA/DVI outputs. Or, I can buy a separate PCI video card. Right now I have an ATI All-in-Wonder 7500.

    Am I better off to get a new video card with dual monitor output or have two separate video cards. If the former, what video cards do you recommend? I know I've seen recommendations for the 9600 Pro, which seems to have dropped significantly in price? I'd like to stay with ATI as I've always used that.
     
  2. DVOM

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    What OS are you using? XP and 98 both have native support for multi monitors while w2k doesn't.

    To get true twin view in w2k I'd recommend an nforce card as the drivers now enable true twin view while ATI doesn't.

    I'm using an ATI 7500 (not an All-in-Wonder) with 2 monitors in XP and it works great.
     
  3. Mulderator

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    WinXP OS
     
  4. Mulderator

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    Bumping this up.
     
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    I have a system with XP Pro running a LCD monitor off of the VGA port and a projector off of the DVI port on a 7500, works great.
     
  6. DVOM

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    I can't recommend a specific card but as far as whether to use a single card with dual output or two separate cards, I don't think it matters. I've seen people go either route and get good results.

    So I think your main consideration would be how many spare PCI slots you've got.
     
  7. Mulderator

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    PCI slots are not a problem. Actually, if I had a really good video card, I would just get another cheapo PCI one. I have an ATI 7500 All-in-Wonder. A decent card, but certainly not a really good one. I figure I can spend 40 or 50 bucks to get a cheapo PCI card or I can go another $100 for so and have a really good Dual Output card. It's a tough choice, but I think you are right that the results will be the same.

    It's one of those choices that seem to have equal pros and cons on both sides and was fishing for opinions on which way to go.
     
  8. Rockn

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    Is this an actual plasma TV you are trying to output to or an LCD? If you install another card it will only give you a larger virtual desktop...like spanning two screens. I think your first option would be best as long as the software or drivers give you the ability to run them both at the same time.
     
  9. Mulderator

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    No, its an actual Plasma TV that I want to output to. It works real well. Right now I just switch cables, but that's a pain in the arse because I have to reboot to get it to recognize the Plasma TV.
     
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