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Old June 4th, 2007, 03:21 PM   #1
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Any video card with 3 outputs?

Are there any video cards that offer outputs for three monitors?
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Old June 4th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #2
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Old June 4th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #3
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I use the Matrox Parhelia APVe. Two PC monitors and a HDTV.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 06:46 AM   #4
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The same. 3D acceleration is non-existant, but for simple editing there is nothing better at that price.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:17 AM   #5
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http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/cr...anion/home.php
MATROX triple monitor cards.

Also found quad head cards on Ebay!
http://cgi.ebay.com/MATROX-4-QID-Par...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old June 6th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #6
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I have a Matrox Parhelia APVE, and love it for what it does, but it won't render Magic Bullet :-(
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Old June 6th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #7
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At $600 I just don't see this as a cost effective solution. Not to the mention the fact support for this card is not the greatest in terms of either driver updates OR NLE support (such as the person who brought up Magic Bullet).

Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device? Better, use a motherboard with SLI and put in two video cards and have 4 video outputs. There are some options here.. I don't think the $600 Matrox card is one of them myself..

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Old June 7th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #8
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Where did you get that price??????

It is listed at around $300.

See here: http://www.buymatrox.com/showmeparhelia.html
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Old June 7th, 2007, 11:06 PM   #9
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Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device?
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I had no idea you could even do that. Wow, I'm almost ashamed to say I've lost all of my computer geekery!
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Old June 10th, 2007, 06:53 AM   #10
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Why not just put in a secondary PCI video card into your machine to give you the third output device? Better, use a motherboard with SLI and put in two video cards and have 4 video outputs.
Is this tested?

I've got a nVidia 7800GT in an SLI capable motherboard and was considering buying another one to run a third monitor (a HDTV) but I have heard from lots of sources that it's not as simple as just plugging it in and having it work.

Does anyone have any more info on this - ie: has anyone tried it successfully?
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:34 PM   #11
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As long as you don't shunt it into SLI mode you are good to go. Windows will support as many screens/graphics cards as you can chuck at it, although once you hit 10 screens you need something like Ultramon to control them as the 2k/XP/Vista control panels go doolally.
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Old July 1st, 2007, 09:51 PM   #12
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As long as you don't shunt it into SLI mode you are good to go. Windows will support as many screens/graphics cards as you can chuck at it, although once you hit 10 screens you need something like Ultramon to control them as the 2k/XP/Vista control panels go doolally.
And the computer doesn't get confused?

Does it require any weird system configuration?
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Old July 7th, 2007, 12:04 PM   #13
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I use two PNY Quadro cards in my system...a 4500 runs my 30" LCD (for 2K full pixel count) and my 24" LCD (primary-center UI) and I have a smaller card running two 17" LCDs which flank the 24"...

Works great.

Also...for the record, the Parhelia can do two DVI UI monitors and an HD video output OR 3 DVI outputs.

And...one needs to keep in mind the cost of the Parhelia (under 300 bucks) when critiquing it for not supporting RT video FX, etc. My Quadro 4500 supports magic Bullet in RT and fast 3d/AE previews and SpeedGrade DI, etc...but it's a far pricier option (sometimes available for under 2,000 USD these days, but closer to 3,000 USD when I added this card and reviewed it in POST magazine last year).

The NVIDIA consumer cards are also good, but the difference is in the Open GL support depth and the number of polygons and clipping planes supported, which may not be critically important for everyone.

Apples to apples here folks...the Parhelia is a triple head card and it's really inexpensive. You can't have everything AND a low price...
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Old July 8th, 2007, 12:51 PM   #14
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As with so many things in life they are categorised as follows

good, fast and cheap

you may any two.

John, the computer works fine with it, windows just wont allow you to configure them natively. As for wierd, depends on your level of expertise with PC's :)

Tom, I have a hardware fetish, I would love to see a pic of that setup.
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OK, if I did this right...the pic should be attached...

...and it's "Tim."

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