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HELP: How do i get dual monitors on a R6870 graphics card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thenizuu, Aug 8, 2013.

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  1. thenizuu

    thenizuu Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    I have got a r6870-2pm2d1gd5 graphics card, on the box it says can run upto 4 monitors. I only want one more extra monitor, I want it to be separate from my other one so i could have separate programs on each screen.

    Could anyone suggest a product i need or software which could help me?
    Any information you get would be very good i dont mind how little the information.

    Here is a link to it on the website. http://uk.msi.com/product/vga/R6870-2PM2D1GD5.html

    Thanks
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Assuming you have a PSU with high enough wattage to support it, all you need is this card.

    No single card can output to more than 2 monitors simultaneously (except for Eyefinity cards). Even if the video card has more than 2 ports.

    What is the wattage on your PSU?
     
  3. thenizuu

    thenizuu Thread Starter

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    Hey,
    Well a family member built my computer, so i cant really say, I know the R6870 has eyefinity.

    When looking around on the internet for a fix or some kind of guide, i found a lot of people have the same problem. The top DVI works for a screen, but the second doesn't and their is no clear explanation saying why?

    Hopefully this gives enough information :S
     
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    There is no reason why both DVI ports can't be used.

    I use both both DVI ports on my graphics card for my dual-monitor display.
     
  5. thenizuu

    thenizuu Thread Starter

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    on the website the DVI ports have different names

    • Dual-Link DVI-I x 1​
    • Signal-Link DVI-D x1​
    I think dual-link is the top port, i dont know the difference
     
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    Dual Link supports higher resolutions than Single Link, but any common monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080 or lower is easily handled by a single link DVI connection.

    There's no good reason why you shouldn't be able to use both of them as long as you only wanted two monitors. What you cannot do is use the HDMI and both DVI ports at the same time for three monitors, AMD cards can only drive two monitors without requiring the use of the DisplayPorts to drive any third, fourth, fifth, and sixth monitors. It wouldn't make sense for MSI to waste money putting two DVI connectors if they can't be used at the same time.

    That said, the card has an HDMI port which can be converted to DVI with a simple adapter and it has two DisplayPorts which can be converted to any interface; VGA, DVI, or HDMI with the appropriate DisplayPort adapter. If the DVI port doesn't work then get a very inexpensive HDMI to DVI cable or adapter.

    Which monitors do you have? Exact model numbers please.
     
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