3 Monitor setup - do I need 2 identical graphics cards

bmanc1

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Hello,

I'm planning a 3 monitor setup - 1 30" Dell in the middle and 2 1600x1200 monitors, vertical, 1 on each side. I know I need to 2 cards. I have an NVDIA GTX 275.
- Do I need to get another 275 or can it be a newer card?
- Am I correct in saying I don't want SLI with this (the MB came with crossfire stuff).

Thanks in advance

BM
 

bmanc1

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Thanks for the reply. I should have update this earlier.

I got my hands on a second video card and got a chance to test this out. I tested this with Windows 7 and two different video cards - works great. Windows 7 took care of downloading the necessary drivers. I have the original GTX 275, and added a GTX 460.

This actually wouldn't work with SLI for me since I need four outputs one each for the two smaller monitors and two for the big one.
 

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My understanding with SLI is that you twice the power, but not twice the outputs. With SLI I wouldn't be able to use all 4 outputs. With the two-independent cards setup I can use all 4 outputs.
 

Oh, yes. That is true. Now you can use Nvidia surround and use 3 monitors and SLi with modern cards.