Video card to drive 3 monitors?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lazyboy922, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    Hi there,

    I'm looking for a decent video card for my dual 2.3 G5 that can Drive 3 monitors. I'd probably be hooking up (2) 22" and (1) 20". Any suggestions, or places to look?

    Thanks!

    Don
     
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

    rogersmj

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    Oh man, don't buy that piece of crap. Buy a real video card. Sorry, I'm not sure which cards are compatible with your Mac (I'm sure someone will come along who is), but those Matrox things are an absolutely last-ditch solution when you have no ability to add a real video card (like a laptop).
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Just get a 2nd video card for the expansion slots you do have.

    Of course if you have the PCI-X slots, a PCI video card will be a bit slower than the AGP card.

    The PCI-Express version of the PM G5, made things a little easier since you can just add another video card.
     
  4. lazyboy922 thread starter macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    Can you recommend a decent PCI-Express video card? I don't need anything too fancy. I'll probably just be using the third monitor to watch movies or surf the internet....
     
  5. lazyboy922 thread starter macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    So if I just install a second video card into my PCI-x slot, I would be able to drive a 3rd monitor? What if I added another Radeon 9650 in the second slot, would I then be able to have 4 monitors since it has a dual out? I'm pretty confused on the whole video card, PCI-X thing....
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    No:
    There are no 3-monitor cards in consumer-land (the Parhelia was an ill-fated attempt, but Windows only). There may be multi monitor cards for workstations fo rmegabucks but not in general commerce.

    Yes:
    If you install a second video card, your desktop can extend to as many extra monitors as you have card capabiliy for. So an additional 2-output card would give you 4 montior capacity.
    The card has to be Mac comptaible.

    Dont:
    Confuse PCI-Express (PCI-e) and PCI-X they are different things entirely. There are no PCI-X video cards, so you would use a plain PCI video card in a PCI-X G5 tower
    Determine which one your Mac uses and stick to that.
     
  7. lazyboy922 thread starter macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    Thanks! That was the info I needed...
     

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