3 Best Dual / Triple DisplayPort Graphics Cards (2020)

| | , ,

Winner
NVIDIA Titan RTX Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card with Free Battlefield V Combo
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Gigabyte Gv-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD Radeon Rx 5700 Xt Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Video Card
Model
NVIDIA Titan RTX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good May 2020
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
NVIDIA
NVIDIA
PowerColor
Performance
Video Memory
24GB GDDR6
11 GB GDDR6
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
1635 MHz
1400 MHz
Memory bandwidth
672 GB/s
448GB/s
448GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • 24GB of memory is ideal for large professional and deep learning workloads
  • Strong performance
  • Monster frame buffer
  • Great for multi monitor setups
  • Capable of 4K gaming at 60fps
  • DLSS is another exciting feature with a ton of potential
  • Sets a new bar for single-GPU performance
  • Great connectivity
  • Great mid-range 1440p graphics performance
  • Large performance improvement, beats RTX 2070 and is nearly as fast as the Radeon VII
  • Good design
  • Best price-performance ratio
Cons
  • Appeals to professionals
  • Price
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?
Winner
NVIDIA Titan RTX Graphics Card
Model
NVIDIA Titan RTX
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent May 2020
Manufacturer
NVIDIA
Performance
Video Memory
24GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1770 MHz
Memory bandwidth
672 GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • 24GB of memory is ideal for large professional and deep learning workloads
  • Strong performance
  • Monster frame buffer
  • Great for multi monitor setups
Cons
  • Appeals to professionals
Recommended by us?
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card with Free Battlefield V Combo
Model
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
NVIDIA
Performance
Video Memory
11 GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1635 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Capable of 4K gaming at 60fps
  • DLSS is another exciting feature with a ton of potential
  • Sets a new bar for single-GPU performance
  • Great connectivity
Cons
  • Price
Recommended by us?
Best Price-Performance Ratio
Gigabyte Gv-R57XTGAMING OC-8GD Radeon Rx 5700 Xt Gaming OC 8G Graphics Card, PCIe 4.0, 8GB 256-Bit GDDR6, Video Card
Model
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT
Test Result
Test Result 9.4/10 Very Good May 2020
Manufacturer
PowerColor
Performance
Video Memory
8GB GDDR6
Clock rate
1400 MHz
Memory bandwidth
448GB/s
Displayport
HDMI
Value for money
Pros
  • Great mid-range 1440p graphics performance
  • Large performance improvement, beats RTX 2070 and is nearly as fast as the Radeon VII
  • Good design
  • Best price-performance ratio
Cons
  • No real-time ray tracing
Recommended by us?

Finding the best Dual / Triple DisplayPort Graphics Cards

Befor diving into why GPUs with multiple Displayport connections offer advantages you need to aks yourself if you need more than one monitor.

Several moniors offer a larger screen surface and a larger screen surface offers you more space and more possibilities on your PC:

You can work with a greater overview or immerse yourself more intensively in a game. No need for a huge 30-inch monitor.

More comfortable and usually cheaper is a setup with several screens: The multi-monitor setup can consist of smaller and older screens or a PC monitor and the notebook display.

It is important to increase the screen area: One screen can display the mail client while you work with the browser or Office documents on the other without having to switch between the programs.

But which Graphics Card (GPU) offer the best multi monitor setup. You should also look for GPUs with several Displayport connections as a DP connection offers higher quality than HDMI or other connections.

In this review we tested three top graphics cards with more more than one Displayport connection.

Test Results: Best Dual / Triple DisplayPort Graphics Cards

Ranking First: Nvidia Titan RTX

Nvidia Titan RTX

Pros

  • 24GB of memory is ideal for large professional and deep learning workloads
  • Strong performance
  • Monster frame buffer
  • Great for multi monitor setups

Cons

  • Appeals to professionals

Best Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

Actually, it’s the RTX 2080 Ti that already competes with the older Titan graphics cards (V, Xp, X), considering that it already costs a proud 1,300 Dollar.

However, if you’re on the road in these price spheres, the price-performance ratio shouldn’t matter anyway – and you shouldn’t use this powerful computer only for gaming.

Because that hasn’t changed for years with the Mifcom Blackbox: The similar gaming performance is of course already available at a lower price, the big black computer is rather meant for professional use.

That’s probably one of the reasons why the black box is available in all imaginable decadent versions: for example with two Titan RTX in a water-cooled SLI combination.

We tested one of these two years ago, but the performance difference to the GTX graphic cards intended for normal mortals was significantly higher.

Nvidia Titan RTX vs. RTX 2080 Ti

Meanwhile Titan and RTX 2080 Ti are much more similar, both in terms of hardware and performance: The Titan RTX is based on the same board and cooler design as the Founders Edition of the RTX 2080 Ti.

Inside, a large vapor-chamber covers all sources of heat, with two axial fans with a diameter of 85 millimeters sitting on top.

The most striking difference in the equipment is the more than twice as large and currently unfillable GDDR6 memory (24 GB instead of 11 GB).

This and the golden paint job also double the price of the Titan RTX already mentioned.

Mifcom Blackbox Titan RTX: Equipment

Nvidia Titan RTX

The RTX Titan is accompanied by a worthy equipment.

Compared to the Mifcom computers of the previous year, only little has changed here: For example, the case, a Corsair Carbide Air 540, is standard on the black box.

We don’t want to criticize the configuration in detail, as the computer equipment can be individually equipped anyway.

Among the case fans, we would have chosen the somewhat more efficient Be Quiet Silent Wings instead of the Corsair ML140 Pro.

The two HDDs with two terabytes of capacity each are also a bit undersized for such a machine.

Application and gaming performance

Not surprisingly, the Titan RTX proves to be the fastest graphics card currently available in practical tests.

The gap to the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is however smaller than expected: In the Techtestreport performance index the Geforce achieves an average of 94.9 percent of the Titan performance.

Because a processor limit is partly effective in the Full HD and WQHD resolutions, it’s worth taking a look at the fully graphics-limited Ultra-HD resolution.

Here the Titan RTX can set itself apart by 6.9 percentage points (+7.4% performance).

From this it can be deduced that highly bred models of the RTX 2080 Ti, such as the EVGA FTW3, MSI Gaming X Trio or Zotac AMP Extreme with their respective 300 watt high TDP, achieve the performance of the Titan RTX.

Nvidia Titan RTX

We are especially interested in the performance with and without raytracing.

We tried our benchmark course in Battlefield 5 for this and got the few surprising results that Nvidia’s beam technology swallows up quite a bit of Fps:

With active raytracing the average frame rate melts from about 75 Fps to only 39 Fps.

Of course, we measured in highest detail quality and Ultra-HD resolution. In this case we also took a look at the frametime graph and can see that without raytracing the frame rate runs much more smoothly.

Without raytracing all the water reflections did not disappear completely, but only those that are outside the field of view.

So if you want to play in full raytracing graphic splendour at the moment, it’s better to limit yourself to the WQHD resolution or do without the ray feature in favour of the higher frame rate.

We consider the latter option to be the better compromise.

We have already subjected the Intel Core i9-9900K to a single test.

The eight-core is the current spearhead in Intel’s mainstream segment and offers a performance worthy of an RTX Titan computer.

Verdict: Best Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

While the older Titan graphics cards were still cooled with a blower design, the system now used with two axial fans benefits from the low noise level.

Under full load, the RTX Titan, and thus the entire computer, is significantly quieter than its predecessors. We measured a maximum loudness of only 2.6 sone under gaming load, which is quite low in this performance class.

The computer is still relatively loud in 2D Windows mode with about 1.0 sone, for which the compact water cooling and case fans are probably responsible.

With a bit of tuning, the computer could certainly be made a bit quieter.

If we put the i9 processor with Cinebench under full load, the Corsair cooling turns out to be a sawmill and gets loud with a circular saw-like hum up to 5.7 sone.

So, if you are currently rendering a video with all cores, you should rather plan a toilet break in the meantime. But the water cooling is also effective – the i9-9900K doesn’t get over 51 degrees even under load.

All in all, the Titan RTX is the best performing GPU with triple Displayport connections.

Ranking Second: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti

Pros

  • Capable of 4K gaming at 60fps
  • DLSS is another exciting feature with a ton of potential
  • Sets a new bar for single-GPU performance
  • Also great for multi monitor setups

Cons

  • Game support for unique ray tracing features will have to wait

Great performing Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

2019 was about the battle between AMD’s Radeon RX 5700 (XT) and the “super” refresh of the Geforce RTX 20, with only one model not receiving a super upgrade, the Geforce RTX 2080 Ti.

As a result, this model has remained the fastest gaming graphics card since autumn 2018, almost unchanged, although Nvidia partners have introduced new colours, shapes and special features over time to keep PC enthusiasts at bay.

If you’d like to buy a Geforce RTX 2080 Ti, our extensive tests are highly recommended: Graphics cards in comparison test: 5 × Geforce RTX 2080 Ti and giant showdown: 4 × luxury Geforce RTX 2080 Ti against Titan RTX

2020, on the other hand, was mostly about a new zoonosis, better known as Corona – high time to forget the new everyday life, at least for a short while.

A Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Super is still not in sight, but Nvidia has recently allowed its partners a final upgrade, while the next-generation GPUs are heading for the home stretch.

The improvement is the possibility to install arrow-fast GDDR6 memory with an effective data rate of 16 gigatransfers per second (GT/s).

This represents a 14 percent increase over the original Geforce RTX 2080 Ti.

Is an RTX 2080 Ti with 16 Gbps RAM worthwhile for gamers? Techtestreport tests this with the MSI Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z Trio, the supposedly fastest gaming graphics card for demanding gamers.

RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z in test: Specifications & goals

Why Nvidia does without an official “RTX 2080 Ti Super” is unknown. The option to now equip the 1.5 year old Geforce RTX 2080 Ti with 16 GT/s fast memory is at least a first step in this direction.

Regardless of whether RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 Super or RTX 2080 Super, Nvidia also accelerated the graphics chip in these graphics cards compared to the older non-super versions.

This detail is missing in our newest test person, a TU102-300(A) with 68 active shader multiprocessors is still used.

This leads to 4,352 FP32 and just as many INT32 ALUs, while only the Titan RTX can have the full TU102-400 with 72 SMs and 4,608 ALUs. The malus of around 5.6 percent is bearable.

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti

Also the remaining storage subsystem of the “new” RTX 2080 Ti is unchanged.

Although it would have been obvious and a real added value, the trim still includes the number of data tracks, memory chips and capacity: 352 bits, 88 ROPs and 11 GiByte GDDR6 are available in total.

The MSI Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z Trio can thus only pull a trump card out of its sleeve: Its memory clock rate is an impressive 8,000 MHz (16 GT/s) compared to the usual 7,000 MHz (14 GT/s).

The previous record holder RTX 2080 Super with its 7,750 MHz (15.5 GT/s) is outbid.

Since the transfer rate is always a product of interface width and clock rate, a Geforce RTX 2080 Ti 16 Gbps can book another victory for itself: With about 704 GByte/s data throughput, it even beats the Titan RTX.

The latter works with the full 384 bit interface of the TU102, but has to make do with 14 GT/s – but offers a full 24 GiByte capacity.

In order to achieve the high memory clock rate of 16 GT/s, MSI installs appropriate components.

Our sample has Samsung chips of the type K4Z80325BC-HC16, which work according to specification and therefore have room for manual overclocking.

This is where the difference to the past lies. Many Turing tuners wonder where the progress has gone in view of their results.

In fact, some RTX-20 graphics cards can handle 8,000 MHz memory clock, but according to Techtestreport tests by far not all. The stable usable maximum even with fully addressed memory is in the range around 7.800 MHz.

Depending on the card, a bit more or a bit less is possible. MSI also achieves peak values here, but only on the expensive RTX 2080 Ti Lightning Z.

Here the memory voltage can be slightly increased with the Afterburner tool, which makes up to 8,400 MHz usable.

For the Gaming Z Trio MSI takes over the already raised data of the Gaming X Trio, energy budget and the officially promised GPU boost are identical.

In practice, the graphic chip’s clock rate fluctuates depending on the factors load, temperature and workload. We’ll immediately see how the Z performs in comparison to the X and Nvidia’s Founders Edition

in the practical tests. Marginal note: The “Kx” indicates the memory interface’s trimming, whereby only one 32 bit controller is always missing. Its position varies.

Verdict: Great performing Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti

MSI makes good things even better: The Geforce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Z is a graphics card as fast as an arrow for those who can spare the necessary change.

In fact, the price of currently around 1,450 Dollar is the only point of criticism, because performance and loudness are on a very good level.

The strong triple-slot cooler is able to tame the power consumption of effectively just over 300 watts quietly.

However, the prerequisite for this is, as with every graphic card in this watt weight class, a well-ventilated case. If there is no airflow, the waste heat accumulates inside the PC, which leads to higher loudness and lower performance.

If you want to push the high-end graphics card manually to the limit, you should also have a potent power supply to cope with the load peaks in the 350 watt range without problems.

In principle, a 500 watt brand device is sufficient. If a heavily overclocked high-end CPU is also used, the investment in a 650 watt model can’t hurt, though.

If all these conditions are fulfilled, the MSI product is simply fun to use, because both Ultra HD and raytracing can be used smoothly.

Not always in combination, but better than with any other graphics card of this generation – excluding the twice as expensive Titan RTX.

Despite all the euphoria, it should not go unmentioned that the Gaming Z does not reinvent the wheel and certainly does not climb a new performance sphere.

If you own a Geforce RTX 2080 Ti, you can reach the performance level of the MSI card through manual overclocking.

What makes the Gaming Z unique is first of all the brand new 16 Gbps memory, which enables previously unattainable throughput rates and radiates a touch of exclusivity.

Secondly, the manufacturer packs all this into a very good overall package, which allows for many a pleasurable hour of distraction, especially in times of lockdowns.

Ranking Third: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Pros

  • Great mid-range 1440p graphics performance
  • Easily faster than RTX 2060 Super
  • First PCIe 4.0 GPU
  • Great low-budget option for multi monitor setups

Cons

  • No real-time ray tracing

Best price-performance ratio Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

Powercolor sets a decent scent mark with the RX 5700 XT Red Devil – both in terms of performance and the massive cooler as well as the price. In addition, there is a switchable silent BIOS that really lives up to its name.

What is the best way to annoy your competitors?

By showing impressively who has the longest and the biggest. And if you are a bit more restrained with the price and can score with features, then a product almost sells itself.

Too much praise in advance? Honour to whom honour is due, but you are right. That belongs later in the summary.

Right now, as always, the focus is on testing the product.

To make the whole thing a bit clearer and also to get to the point a bit more, I have kept the structure of the articles to a large extent, but now I focus more on tables with a clear presentation of the result values and specifications, which later also guarantee a better comparison of the cards among themselves.

Board layout and components

Powercolor uses, like AMD, a 7+2 phase design for the Red Devil. If you now count ten MOSFETS for the GPU, you are right in principle, but there are only 7 real phases, of which 3 phases drive 2 voltage converter circuits in parallel, so that you get 10 voltage converter circuits (VDDC) at the end.

The well-known IR 35217 from International Rectifier controls the 10 NCP 302155 from ON Semiconductor, which are rather inexpensive dual MOSFETs, which have an integrated gate driver and can therefore be operated in parallel on this PWM controller.

For the two phases for the memory (MVDD), Powercolor (as well as others) relies on an NCP 81022, a digital 2-phase voltage regulator, each of which drives a slightly smaller NCP 302045, which otherwise also represents a dual MOSFET, combining high and low side, as well as the gate driver in one package.

This MOSFET, which looks like a Smart Power Stage, is also used in the voltage converters for the SoC and VDDCI.

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

Now I could of course throw superlatives around and think everything is great, but one after the other, because the list is also worthwhile here.

Optically the whole thing is ok, you just have to like the fat appearance and the long and heavy card has to fit to and into the system.

If all this is given and you are also not completely averse to LED effects, then you could also calmly use this AMD card.

The Silent BIOS is a great idea and you lose less performance than feared.

If the power consumption is practically at the level of the RX 5700 without XT, the performance is much higher.

In OC mode, on the other hand, the navi chip is allowed to show what it can do.

And who does not stand on RTX On, can acquire also here for favorable money a genuine joy giver, which never torments the ears excessively also in the full pulse mode.

The circuit board is neatly, although cheaply equipped.

The one with the 10 voltage converter circuits has at least in the partial load range at high FPS numbers (e.g. in the menus of the games) a nice effect, even if it looks more martial together with the two 8-pin connectors for the power supply, than the board would need with an experimental OC at all.

Sure, even with our MorePowerTool something still works and the 2 GHz are certainly in there. But do you really need that? The important thing is that the card runs and does not drink.

Verdict: Best price-performance ratio Graphics Card with dual / triple Displayport connections

AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

One could have also given the purchase tip, because whoever wants to purchase the large navigation map and has enough space, is welcome (and almost without hesitation)! Especially since the price of 449 Dollar including is hardly a hindrance to the whole thing, if the map really arrives in the shops.

You get the performance of a GeForce RTX 2070 (and sometimes even super) for the price of a GeForce RTX 2060 super.

Nevertheless, the award here is in a higher class, because the technical implementation leaves almost nothing to be desired.

If you can do without raytracing, play predominantly in WQHD, can be happy about a modern driver interface and in return nonchalantly tolerates the fiddly Wattman as a tool, you have no reason to regret buying such a card.

Before the test, I never would have dreamed that I would write this about an AMD board partner card, which has been tinkered with rather emotionlessly by the board partners in the last years.

So now it has happened after all.

All in all, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT offers the best price-performance ratio for a GPU with triple Displayport connections.

Using several monitors perfectly – this is how it works

All information faster in view, work more productively, play more impressively: Using multiple screens has many advantages! We reveal the best tips and tools for multi-monitor use.

A larger screen surface offers you more space and more possibilities:

You can work with a greater overview or immerse yourself more intensively in a game. You don’t need a huge 30-inch monitor. More comfortable and usually also cheaper is a setup of individual screens:

The multi-monitor setup can consist of smaller and older screens or a PC monitor and the notebook display. It is important to increase the screen area:

One screen can display the mail client while you work with the browser or Office documents on the other without having to switch between the programs.

But gamers also benefit from a multi-monitor setting. Three monitors provide a more intense gaming experience.

But even if there is only one additional screen on the table, chat or voice programs can be stored here to keep in touch even in the heat of the (work) battle.

This is what multiple monitors can do

The biggest advantage of multiple monitors is obvious: they offer more space to display content.

When set up correctly, they form a continuous screen on which the mouse pointer can be moved from left to right and from top to bottom, just like on a single, large monitor.

So you can view multiple documents side by side or large files like photos in their original format.

Programmers use the multi-monitor setup to store software documentation on one screen while editing code on the other screen without having to switch between open program windows with the Alt-Tab key combination.

In general, a multi-monitor setup is suitable for anyone who is not working exclusively on one document: If you are writing a text, you can research in the browser or other sources while you are doing so.

Or you can simply transfer data from one document to another by arranging them side by side.

Last but not least, a multi-monitor setup is indispensable for a complete view of extensive tables or databases.

Multimedia enthusiasts also benefit: When editing and playing back photos or videos, the images can be displayed in full on one monitor while the menu bars are moved to the second display.

For gamers, three monitors provide a real treat: the model in the middle forms the main display, while it is flanked by two additional screens.

In this way, the peripheral field of vision of the game is expanded, allowing a larger display of the game world.

However, there is one drawback: the performance requirements for the system increase immensely, since the number of pixels to be calculated increases sharply with each additional monitor.

Gaming in high details on several monitors is therefore reserved for high-end PCs with one or even more graphics cards.

How many monitors fit your PC or notebook

Before you purchase additional monitors, you should check whether and how many monitors can be connected to your computer.

For desktop PCs, take a look at the back of the case.

On a computer with integrated processor graphics (iGPU), you will find the appropriate connections on the interface panel in the upper area.

On PCs with an additional graphics card, you will usually see its connections in the lower area of the back of the housing.

Common video connections are HDMI, Displayport, DVI and also still the outdated VGA. Our illustration above gives you an idea of what the connectors look like.

Computers with iGPUs such as Intel HD Graphics or AMD Radeon can usually easily drive two monitors in parallel.

If you have a graphics card in the computer, you will have more video interfaces available. But not every socket can be connected to a monitor.

For example, older or very cheap Nvidia graphic cards can only handle two monitors, although they provide three connections.

But since there are many different graphics models, especially for complete PCs, you should check your graphics solution with the free tool GPU-Z and find out on the Internet how many monitors can be connected.

However, current graphics cards from the Geforce-GTX 1000 and AMD Radeon-RX 500 series can easily handle at least three monitors.

As a second important preliminary work, explore the maximum screen resolution that the graphics solution can output to the PC – this can also be found in the technical specifications.

This is important because you should operate the connected displays at their maximum resolution for the best picture quality.

The notebook must also have appropriate video interfaces to connect an external monitor.

As a rule, however, the manufacturers only provide for an additional monitor. Here you can help yourself with a docking station for your mobile computer:

This offers further video connections to use more than two monitors on the notebook.

Special feature: Displayport with multi-streaming support

You are particularly flexible with the Displayport connection type.

As of version 1.2, the interface masters the “Multi Stream Transport” (MST) technology, which allows two configurations in order to operate several monitors simultaneously on only one socket.

With so-called “daisy chaining”, you connect the monitors in a chain one after the other. For this you need compatible displays: These monitors have a display port input and an output.

The first monitor is connected directly to the notebook or PC, the second monitor is connected to the output of the first.

A second screen can be connected to the second monitor in the same way. MST now allows the computer to control the additional monitors as separate displays.

The second option for using the MST technology of Displayports is the use of a so-called MST hub.

These are available for purchase starting at 60 Euros, depending on the scope of equipment. Club 3D, for example, has a large selection of different models in its portfolio at www.club-3d.com.

These MST-Hubs are connected to the output source, i.e. the computer. The additional screens can then be connected to the hub itself.

It is not even necessary for all screens to have a display port, as long as you have the right adapters at hand. The resolution of the other displays is not important either.

Just as with the first configuration, all displays can be controlled individually as if they were directly connected to the system.

Ideal displays for multi-monitor operation

If you need additional monitors for multi-screen operation, you should make sure when purchasing that the monitors have the video inputs that match your computer.

The most ergonomic and visual recommendations are identical monitors: the display edges of the devices are then the same width and the models can be aligned with each other in a straight line.

Especially suitable for multi-screen operation are models that many manufacturers advertise as “frameless” or “edge-to-edge”:

These screens have a very narrow panel surround so that the impression of a large and uninterrupted screen surface is created when they are placed next to each other.

You can also build a multi-monitor system from older monitors.

If the computer port and display input do not match, use an adapter. Here you must ensure that they are not too wide and cover other connections.

You should avoid connecting an older monitor via VGA, even if it works via adapter. This is because the display is quite blurred at high resolutions and the colors look paler.

Set up several monitors: This is how it works under Windows 10

Connecting the monitor to the computer is only the first step.

Only with the right settings in Windows can the various screens be used optimally. To do this, right-click on a free space on the desktop to open the context menu.

There, click on “Display settings” to get to the next window “Adjust display”. The upper part contains the monitors detected by Windows.

All connected displays must appear here. If a display is missing, then something is wrong with the connection: Check whether the cables or adapters are correctly seated.

Each screen is assigned a number by Windows.

But since the operating system doesn’t know how the monitors are actually arranged, you have to do that.

To do this, click “Identify”-the system displays the assigned number on each monitor.

If necessary, correct the arrangement using drag & drop. If Windows numbers the displays differently than they are arranged, the mouse pointer, for example, can only be moved in one direction between the screens.

The next option, “Resize text, apps and other elements”, changes the display of the mentioned contents if you move the slider below it.

Usually, the default scaling of 100 percent is optimal.

However, if you have connected screens with resolutions higher than 1920 x 1080 pixels, such as an Ultra-HD model (3840 x 2160 pixels), this option will be useful. Because fonts and symbols also shrink due to the high resolution.

If the displayed content is too small for you, you can increase its size by scaling. Only after a new logon of Windows, the scaling will run through the whole system.

However, some programs do not support scaling.

How you divide the screen area between the different displays is controlled by “Multiple displays”: “Extend this display” is the default.

This turns all monitors into one large display area. “Duplicate this display” brings the same screen content to both displays – this is useful, for example, if you are playing a presentation via a projector.

Of course you must first select the correct screen in the upper area. With “Display on X only”, where X stands for the number of the connected monitor, you limit the display to the selected monitor.

The next entry, “Use this display as primary display”, determines the selected monitor as the primary screen:

When you start programs or applications, they always open on this display first. If there are three monitors, the middle one is usually useful as the main display.

Set high contrast for HDR display

If your displays in multi-monitor configuration already master high contrast, they can be adjusted under “Windows HD Color” since the autumn update 1809 of Windows 10.

To do this, click on “Windows HDR Color Settings” and first check that you have selected the correct display – for example “2”. Below that, Windows shows the HDR functions that the screen can display.

You can recognize this by a “Yes” behind the function – for example “Use WCG Apps”. The abbreviation stands for Wide Color Gamut and describes the enlarged color space required for high-contrast images.

Even if the display is capable of HDR functions in principle, these do not have to be set to active automatically.

The buttons show you the current status. For example, if “HDR video streaming” is switched off, drag the button to “On”. A preview video will show you the difference.

Because apps such as Netflix use the video platform for HDR integrated in Windows 10, you can also control movie playback for the operating system.

To do this, go to “Apps -> Playback” in the settings and set the switch at “Automatically process and enhance videos” to “On”.

In addition to the settings in Windows, you must also activate the HDR display in the onscreen menu of your monitors and in the graphics card settings.

Please note that you will probably not directly encounter the term “HDR” in the monitor menu. Rather, it is about the extended color space that is required for HDR.

Therefore, please search for “Deep Color” or similar terms. You will also often have to readjust the graphics card driver manually, since HDR requires color depths of 10 bits or more.

The best place to look is under “Display -> Resolution”, since the color depth can be increased in the Control Panel of Nvidia cards.

To do this, switch from “Standard” to “Use Nvidia color settings”. If the signal transmission doesn’t work at first go, change to the YCbCr colour model under “Output colour format”.

The best tools for multi-monitor operation

Windows offers only basic functions to manage multiple monitors.

Only with third-party tools can you get the most out of your multi-monitor setting.

A feature-rich program is Displayfusion , which is available as a free and paid version.

Even in the free version, the software allows you to create different wallpapers for each individual screen, stretch the background across all monitors or get images from online services like Flickr.

In addition, there are many other things that are not limited to the visual appearance, such as more precise configuration options, programmable key combinations for certain window actions or additional functions – or the possibility of having the Windows taskbar displayed in its full range of functions on every display.

A completely free alternative to Displayfusion is the multi-monitor tool.

This program doesn’t take care of pretty backgrounds, but offers good information content.

It lists the open windows per monitor and shows the window size and relative positioning.

Windows can also be moved to the other monitors by clicking on them in the lower area and selecting the appropriate option in the upper command line.

In addition, individual monitors can be deactivated and the main display can be quickly adjusted with a click.

Also on board is a live preview display that shows you all screens as one continuous area so that you can immediately examine changes.

An installation of the program is not necessary.

The Actual Multiple Monitors program combines the free version of Displayfusion and Multimonitortool and is available as a 30-day trial version.

It takes care of managing backgrounds and screensavers on multiple displays, brings the Windows taskbar to each screen and expands opened windows with additional options, for example, to send them to another monitor with a click of the mouse.

Another interesting feature is the ability to divide a monitor into smaller display areas.

The alternative: Curved display instead of multi-monitor

Multiple monitors consume more power and take up more space on the desk.

If you use a very large monitor or even a TV as your PC display instead, you won’t be able to view the large screen area without constantly moving your head.

That’s why more and more manufacturers are offering curved monitors as a compromise between ergonomics and large screen area.

Because of their curved screen, these models offer a much wider picture format with an aspect ratio of 21:9, allowing more content to be displayed side by side than on a single, conventional office flat screen. In addition, the curved design is advantageous because it is closer to the human eye in terms of image impression – because our field of vision is actually designed for wide viewing areas.

In addition, there are improved, ergonomic features for the viewer: with a curved screen, you don’t have to turn your head back and forth so much to obtain the various information from the open windows, because the corners of the curved screen are inclined towards you.

Ideal are models with a maximum screen diagonal of 34 inches and a resolution of no more than 3440 x 1440 pixels.

This combination allows a high level of detail without the need to move the monitor further away from you.

Only when it comes to gaming, there may be some minor limitations, such as black borders on the left and right side of the game display.

This is because the individual games must explicitly support the 21:9 ratio.


Are you interestet in more hot tech deals? Subscribe to our Email-list and we let you know when the best deals come up.

Leave a Comment