NR: Video Card (non-gamer, multiple displays).

March 4, 2014 at 23:01:07
Specs: Linux
I'm looking for a video card either to replace my existing one or for a new build. I plan on having a 24-27" main monitor (probably 2560x1440 but maybe 1920x1080) preferably with a DisplayPort input. I will also have a secondary 19" monitor (1280x1024) with DVI. In addition I have a 46" HDTV (1080p) and I would like to be able to watch movies from the computer on this TV.

Ideally I'd like to be able to use all 3 displays at once (the two monitors and a movie on the TV).

What sort of video card will be able to handle this? I am NOT a gamer so game performance is not a huge concern though I do want a card that is at least decent in this respect. I would prefer a NVIDIA video card since the PC will be running a Linux and in my experience NVIDIA drivers work well on Linux.

Thanks!


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#1
March 5, 2014 at 07:05:00
Getting 3+ monitors out of one card is going to restrict you to the Workstation cards, and those are $300+ just because. You'd be better off getting 2 cheaper video cards, each of which can power 2 displays. Then you're just looking at 2 * $40.

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#2
March 5, 2014 at 09:24:55
You don't necessarily need a workstation card. AMD cards that have a display port & support EyeFinity will support 3 displays. Nvidia's technology is called Surround. I'm guessing you don't want a card with a VGA port, probably display port + 2 HDMI or display port + HDMI + DVI? How much are you looking to spend?

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#3
March 5, 2014 at 09:44:38
Budget isn't really an issue. Since I'm not really a gamer, the less I spend the better. Let's try to keep it under $400, a bit more is fine.

I'm fine with buying a workstation card but I need an HDMI output for the TV and I don't see any workstation cards on NewEgg with HDMI outputs. No VGA port required. DP+2HDMI or DP+HDMI+DVI is fine.

A lot of desktop cards on NewEgg have 2 DVI+HDMI+DP. Wouldn't they support 4 monitors? Why would you need NVIDIA Surround or anything special when you have the outputs all there?

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#4
March 5, 2014 at 16:34:41
Look at this card for about $180.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
It supports two DVI and two HDMI and you can probably get a display adapter from HDMI to Display. It is a new card that has really decent gaming performance for all but the enthusiast level gamer and does support 4 displays. All this without requiring a monster power supply or an unlimited budget. Understand that being very new, you should make sure that the drivers are available for Linux first or you may have to wait before using it or try older NVidia drivers or BETA drivers.

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#5
March 5, 2014 at 17:08:40
I'd rather not use an HDMI->DP adapter. Those two are completely different protocols so the adapter needs to actively convert one to the other. This almost certainly affects picture quality on my main (DP) monitor.

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#6
March 6, 2014 at 09:44:40
The card itself must have a display port. You can adapt from it, but not the other way around.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
March 6, 2014 at 10:16:30
So those 2 cards can use all 3 outputs (DP, HDMI, DVI) at once? Is that because of NVidia surround or just because there are 3 outputs?

Could you also recommend a similar card with either 2 DP ports or 2 HDMI ports?

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#8
March 6, 2014 at 19:15:35
OR look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
which all have display ports (as per drilling down)

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