Dual display gfx

jurians

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ive been wondering.... i have a ti4600 gainwaird that has tivo and dual dvi outputs. I was wondering if there is a decrease in fps and image quality if i play a game in one monitor while the other monitor is displaying the other side of the desktop?
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Well..
first, there aren't much games that can support for dual monitors, even they do, from what I know it's extension of your display. I don't think that you can do "one monitor with game" and "one with desktop"
 

jurians

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hmm i run all my games with 1 monitor game 1 monitor desktop. i was wondering if anyone knows if there is a performance decrease. Its great playing games and being able to see if an im is worth replying to without alt tabbing. Also what i found out is some games come with boundaries where they stay in 1 monitor while others have no limitations and u can wander off the monitor that game is on to the second monitor. This minimizes the game.
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jurians

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thanks.... hmm i guess i should switch to single monitor when playing intensive games.... i play battlefield 1942 on one monitor and the other is the desktop and it runs really well. i should check it out with one monitor. hey geneticweapon you know why people dont add video-in in typical ati pro cards? i was looking for a 9700pro or something that has tivo and dual monitor support like my ti4600.

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In theory it seems like it may lower the frame rates, because your gpu is handling a game and another display at the same time, increasing its workload. Then again, the other screen is 2d, which is an easy task for a very advanced gpu to handle.
 
Yes, it's 2d but I would think that would still rob the card of at least memory and SOME instruction cycles.


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i cant get it to work correctly with gta3 or vc, or counterstrike. when i open the game my aim window disapears. i can keep an ie window open but my icons always get screwed up when i do it, probly due to different resolutions between monitors and the res change from the game.

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