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Can my Radeon HD 2400 run three monitors?

Refrigerator

Standard Member
Hi,

My graphics card is pretty old, ATI Radeon HD2400. I currently have one 19" monitor at 1280x1024, but I want to get another 19" 1280x1024, and one big 24-26" 1920x1080 as well.

I don't play games much, but when I do, I'd just use one of the 19" monitors, and I'd mainly use the big one and the second 19" for watching tv shows and movies / displaying webpages.

Can my poor graphics card handle all this? If not, what's the minimum specs for a graphics card that will be able to?

Thanks a lot
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
No, only the Radeon 5000 series and above can run three monitors and even then one of them has to be connected via displayPort. You won't find any mention of it in the numbers, it's a feature not a figure that's required.
 
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Refrigerator

Standard Member
Oh no, I'm not asking about whether it has the necessary inputs/outputs, I can sort that out. Just need to know whether it's capable of running three monitors without dying.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
Oh no, I'm not asking about whether it has the necessary inputs/outputs, I can sort that out. Just need to know whether it's capable of running three monitors without dying.

Most cards can have several outputs but won't let you use all of them at once, usually limiting you to two.

Outputting the picture isn't a concern, it's been more than a decade (maybe even two) since you had to worry about whether you had enough graphics memory to achieve a particular resolution. Something as recently as a HD 2400 will have no problem with two single link displays (i.e. [email protected] or below).

So if you want three monitors you can replace your card with a newer one, but you can also add a second card and simply connect the third monitor to that. If you're using vista then it has to use the same graphics driver (i.e. be another ATI card) but if you're using XP or Seven then a nvidia card should be equally happy.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
Add a second card? Don't I have to do Crossfire for that?

No, Crossfire/SLI is only if you want the two cards to work together rendering a game or similar. You don't need if they're just driving an extended desktop.

And can't I just get a VGA/DVI splitter for 2 monitors?

Only if you don't mind them both displaying identical things, a splitter copies the picture to both. You can get devices like Matrox's DualHead2Go that'll pretend the two monitors are a single big one so you can use them almost independently but they tend to be more expensive than a second card.
 

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