ATI Radeon multi-monitor question - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-22-2012, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: All around the world
Posts: 20
Default ATI Radeon multi-monitor question

Hey everyone,

I would like to support 4 screens (a tv mounted above 3 monitors).

I currently have the Radeon HD 5870 which supports 3 monitors, and my motherboard does not have another PCI express slot, so I can't crossfire two 5870's.

If I buy a crapy PCI slot video card such as the Radeon 5450, can I crossfire it with the 5870? Will that hurt my performance? Will that allow me to use 4 monitors? Will the new card cause issues since it won't be as powerful, maybe make 1 of my screens lag and the 3 off the 5870 card run fine?

Any other suggestions I didn't think of?

I am running Windows 7.

I appreciate your support, you guys are always so helpful and informative!

OS: Win 7
GPU: Radeon HD 5870, standard edition
CPU: Intel I7-920

Jewelspoint is offline  
Old 05-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
ninja troll
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Maine
Posts: 1,019
Default Re: ATI Radeon multi-monitor question

I think that the displayport connection on your card can be split to support up to 3 monitors on the connection.

Otherwise, i think that you would just have to use or convert the current connections.

i think in order to crossfire cards, they have to be similar generations and power to each other.

Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Corsair 550VX
1Tb Samsung Spinpoint F3
1Tb WD Caviar Green
2Tb WD Caviar Green
8gb DDR3 Corsair Vengeance 1600
Sapphire Radeon 6870

jasonalwaysready is offline  
Old 05-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
Build Guru
PP Mguire's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 28,954
Default Re: ATI Radeon multi-monitor question

Why would you want to Crossfire the 2 cards? If you simply want to run movies or TV shows off the TV then plug your TV into the other card and leave it separate so you can game properly on your 5870.

There are also USB video solutions you can use with your TV too.
"Resolution is just a number." #Ubisoft
Origin/Steam = PP_Mguire Twitch = pp_mguire Instagram = ppmguire PSN = PP_Mguire

Access to my Plex PM me.
PP Mguire is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question about recently bought ATI Radeon 5450 bbqz986 New Systems | Building and Buying 0 07-08-2010 08:53 AM
1680x1050 resolution external LCD monitor with ATi MOBILITY RADEON 9000 IGP? ben259 Laptops and Notebooks 6 01-11-2008 05:05 PM
Question about TV Out on Ati Radeon 7000 JayDoubleM System Upgrades 2 07-15-2006 02:20 AM
ATI AIW RADEON 9000 PRO vs. ATI AIW RADEON 9600 Video Card Wicked15 Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 4 07-06-2004 02:26 AM
ATI Radeon 9600 XT: Video Card Question illippinno Monitors, Printers and Peripherals 2 12-24-2003 02:41 AM

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.