Graphics cards and dual monitors

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I have a Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 card, currently driving 2 x 24" 1920 x 1080 monitors.  With so many applications displaying at the same time, even with 2 monitors space is becoming scarce.

I am thinking of replacing one monitor with a 27" higher resolution one, running at 2560 x 1440.  The second monitor would run at 1920 x 1080 as that is its maximum capability.

Is it possible to use a second graphics card, i.e. one per monitor, with each running at a different resolution?  There is sufficient space on the motherboard to allow this and I have a beefy power supply.  The second graphics card has a lower specification but perfectly OK at 1920 x 1080 and I used it satisfactorily before investing in the R9 270.

Any feedback on using this arrangement, and for that matter how usable a 2560 x 1440 monitor is in practice?  Any disadvantages in this arrangement?

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Is it possible to use a second graphics card, i.e. one per monitor, with each running at a different resolution?  

Yes.

Any disadvantages in this arrangement?

None that would have any appreciable effect on system performance.
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Thanks Tim.  I'm just a bit concerned in case anything displayed on the higher resolution monitor (2560 x 1440) might appear too small.  I haven't actually seen this resolution monitor but a 28" 4k one (3840 x 2160) looked awful to me - everything was ridiculously small on the screen.  

Does anyone actually use a 2560 x 1440 display?  Happy with it?
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I use a seiki 39" 4K here. Just like having a quad array of 19.5" ones. There are some demos of it on the net.

Details at http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8430969

I use a Radeon xfx r7 240 video card with it. It supports two monitors and I am running a 1080 monitor simultaneously with the 4k.


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I think if a 4k monitor is used you need to go for a big one.  A really big one.  Your 39" monitor would be great as long as you have the room - my workspace isn't big enough to accommodate that large a monitor unfortunately.  I can imagine SSDR looks really impressive on that size screen!
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I haven't actually seen this resolution monitor but a 28" 4k one (3840 x 2160) looked awful to me - everything was ridiculously small on the screen.  

Increase the DPI setting and it will not look as bad.
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Possibly so,  when you decrease the resolution, it drops the refresh rate of the monitor (on mine, it drops from 60hz to 30hz and you can see it.

My advice is to stay away from any monitor greater than 1900 x 1080. The print becomes so small you have to sit so close to the monitor you will have nose smears on it (sorry, thats a dog joke). You will be paying almost double for a 1900 x 1080 monitor and not gaining any benefit from it (which is watching movies and playing games).

Stick with a nice 250 buck 28" 1900 x 1080 and don't look back. Or, you can buy a super 28" Philips 4K monitor from  a friend guru and a great price!!
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Thanks for the feedback.  

I'm still tempted to go for a 27" 2560 x 1440 display.  With a fairly small operating desk I don't think I'd need to reach for the magnifying glass - the viewing distance isn't that great.  With a 4k monitor (3840 x 2160) it would certainly be a problem - more like an eyesight test.  I just can't see any other way around it, with SSDR, logging program, JT65, JTAlert, FRStack, etc. on screen, plus Outlook, Word and Chrome (you understand I'm supposed to be doing some work as well!).
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Thats a great idea.  I had a 44" TV as a monitor for a while but at 1900 x 1080 everything seemed billboard sized.
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There are several programs out there that will divid your screen into different sized monitors. Some cards come wiry
H the software to do it.n
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Dale

Since they are mapping the various screens into the most granular screen size, isn't it still very small type? My Philips can do this without software (it has hdmi jacks for the MonitorinMonitor function) but I didn't try it because i didn't see how it could help.
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My r7 260x program would do it, remember this card woukd not run with smart sdr sold it went Nuvidia , I did run a program I believe call win monitor that worked great . I was running a 40 inch vizio and sized the sections of the screen to fit what I wanted to display. With three monitors I have moved away from it.
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It isn't Winmonitor - it describes itself as "a remote monitoring and security for computers".  I have seen other programs which will allow the monitor to be divided into quadrants, making it easy to operate, say, a logging program in one corner, JT65 in another, etc. I've tried DisplayFusion but didn't really get on with it.  Any other anyone can suggest?
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I use a 26 inc vizio ,center , a 20 inc h dell and a 22 inch dell with a Nuvidia gt750 TI all run at max resolution absolutely no issues , the only problem I have is even with these three monitors I am running out of display space when I load everything I use up.
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2 x Asus 2560x1440 on a GTX750Ti here.  Would not go back to 1920x1080! 

In a perfect world

Screen 1: SSDR
Screen 2: Logging and other operating / control software, DX cluster
Screen 3: Monitoring and management software (station control, amp control, wattmeter)
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Very close to mine. Center is 26 inc vizio this is main desktop and smsdr. Left screen is wavenode power/sdr , alpha software for 8410, mfj 998 control software for auto tuner, memory control program, right screen is loaded with dx lab software. iPad running Stu's program
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I'm sold on the idea of a 27" 2560 x 1440 monitor as the main display.  For my setup it's the best compromise between desk space/usability/cost.  Using the existing 1920 x 1080 24" monitor as a secondary display and Stu's KT6U iPad app as a useful control surface, it still leaves me with a small play area for the mic, keyboard, etc.
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Well, I took the plunge and bought a 27" 2560 x 1440 display (Asus MX27A).  This is now my main monitor, with the 24" BenQ 1920 x 1080 one (a couple of years old) is relegated to life as a secondary monitor.  The difference is incredible.  Not only is the display quality vastly superior but the higher resolution means I am able to display so much more.  I'm still experimenting but currently I have SSDR, Log4OM, WSTY-X and JTAlert all active on the new monitor, and I'm trying to keep the second monitor for 'normal' computer activities (browser, Outlook, etc.).  I can't get over the improvement in quality - what I used to consider a good monitor now looks dull, whereas the new one just oozes picture quality.  Be warned - technology moves on.

In my view, it was good investment and makes operating even more pleasurable.  If only I had the resources to buy a second one...

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