Can I run dual monitors?

by on August 13, 2010

Q: System:
Gigabyte’s GA-K8N Pro-SLI Socket 939 motherboard, AMD Athlon 64X2 38+ Manchester 90nm, PNY – NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card using HDMI out, 2 GB OCZ Dual Channel@168 MZ (2-3-2-5) ram
Monitor: LG E2340

Windows XP Pro SP3
Gaming, video editing. I know this setup maybe on the low side for this but it is sufficient for my uses at this time
Can I run dual identical monitors (both in HDMI mode) with this setup as is or
1. Do I need to add a second identical video card to enable SLI? or
2. Is the combination of video cards simply overkill and this processor will be over whelmed?

4 Responses to “Can I run dual monitors?”
    Picked as best answer

    Is this what the back of your 9800GT card looks like?

    My guess is your current monitor is plugged into one of these connectors using a DVI to HDMI adapter.

    If so, you can have a monitor plugged into each of those two DVI plugs (with or without an HDMI adapter). Windows will detect the second monitor, and you can then configure it from windows without any special software.

    The monitors don’t need to be identical.

    SLI is for doing performance improvement in video games. However, I STRONGLY suggest you don’t do SLI in your situation. If you want to boost your video gaming performance, sell your current video card and buy a new one. You’ll get much better bang for your buck.


    So dual monitors @ 3840X1080 won’t overwhelm the GPU’s or CPU’s?
    I just upgraded to the 9800GT from 6600GT SLI.
    I am satisfied with the gaming performance, I was wondering if the current setup would support dual monitors.
    I want the extra real estate when I am not gaming.
    If I understand you correctly the video card should support the extra monitor in nongaming apps.


    You are correct


    Thank you very much.