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Old 12-28-2005, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Does using a second monitor eat GPU power???

Hey. I set up my second monitor the other day for the pure reason that, i can...hehe. It's just a 15" CRT which i like having there because i think it makes me look all technical and my little brother marvels at how impressive two screens working on one computer is!

...Ok, i do actually use it because i do quite a bit of multi-tasking so it's useful. ...Still makes me look cool though.

Stiiillll....I was curious to know if it uses GPU power when it's not being used as such. For example, if i load up Quake4 the second monitor just displays the desktop, however...Is it still using GPU power to do this??
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Old 12-28-2005, 07:24 PM   #2
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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A lot? I mean, will it make a difference? And...If so, is there anyway to like, automatically shut the other screen down when playing games?
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you could always unplug the other screen just before u start playing a game
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:07 PM   #5
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I would like to know, becuase if it doesn't totally kill your pc you could have a game on on monitor and msn or something on the other, save alt tabbing
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Old 12-29-2005, 12:17 AM   #6
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yes it does use gpu power because its having to render 2 monitors at once but it shouldnt be to bad as long as u just stay on the desktop with the other monitor
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:24 AM   #7
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What happens if you have 2 Sli'd Or Crossfire'd Cards? Then will it be better? Cause on card is on one monitor and other on the other monitor.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:37 PM   #8
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Ah...Do you reckon that's why Quake4 runs so slowley on my PC?

I've got a 6600GT GPU, 3500+ CPU, 512 RAM (i know that's s**t and i need an upgrade)...But, it runs Doom3 ok, but Quake4 when i got it the other day, awfully. Is it because i put on a second monitor a couple of days before i got the game...I've not checked it without.

Is there any way to shut off the other monitor to stop it rendering besides unplugging it? That's a real pain for me. (i'm lazy).
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When I play a game , the other monitor turns off, unless you have it set on it high res.
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Both are set on 1280x1024 because it's annoying otherwise when i move mouse from screen to screen because the edges don't meet. I.e, if the mouse is at the top of the higher resolution screen if i try to move it to the other it can't because the resolution is smaller and has less height to move on to it.

...does that make sense???

I want it to turn off when i play games, but keep them both at the same resolution.

I suppose, as always, what i want can't be achieved???
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