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    Posted: 04 May 2023 at 1:18pm
Hi All,

I've got a i5-12600k, 32 gigs RAM, and a GTX 3070.

Is that sufficient to run a second monitor? Specifically, gaming on one monitor while doing stuff like watching you tube (or game guides) on the second monitor?

Thanks
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 May 2023 at 4:11pm
I dunno.... let's see. I have an i5-4570 / 16Gb Ram / and an EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 and I run 3 monitors constantly (Elite:Dangerous on the big 2560x1440, 3rd party E:D assitance sites like Inara, EDDiscovery, EDengineer and Materials Helper on the mid-sized 1920x1080, and Discord & Spotify on the baby 1600x900) pretty constantly and consistantly.

Do I expect slowdowns? Not really but I'm not surprised when it happens. Usually loading screens, etc and it seems that the bottleneck in all that is the RAM. Even at that the slowdowns are minimal and minor.

Maybe I'm just used to it, but I'd think that with your specs you would be just fine. Unless your running everything in galactic quality resolution.

Let's see what the experts have to say...
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 May 2023 at 9:43pm
Yes it can do two monitors. NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 specs say it can support up to 4 monitors.
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  Quote fwfdfireman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 May 2023 at 4:23am
Did it for years on my last PC, usually playing a game, pausing and watching a vid. or tutorial on that game, then going back to the game. Even ran two monitors actively while running my ships simultaneously in EVE Online back in the day.

Like Snaike said, if both monitors are active then you might have to adjust graphics quality a bit. The game and resolution will dictate all that.
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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 May 2023 at 8:30pm
Originally posted by OgreMkV

Hi All,

I've got a i5-12600k, 32 gigs RAM, and a GTX 3070.

Is that sufficient to run a second monitor? Specifically, gaming on one monitor while doing stuff like watching you tube (or game guides) on the second monitor?

Thanks


Bro running monitors requires damn near nothing at all, especially if you have a dGPU with more than say 2GB of VRAM.


The part that will start to hinder your performance is when you have to do 3D rendering (IE playing a game). Your desktop, browsers, even video is all 2D.  That's nothing. iGPU's struggle with playing games and running video on a second monitor because of memory restrictions typically.

With a 3070, you could run a nice UW 1440p monitor to game on, and a couple of 4K HDR monitors for media consumption and never notice a hiccup in performance.

Extra monitors is nothing at all. Don't over think it. It'll be fine.
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 May 2023 at 2:52am

Whoa
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Good to see you. Maybe we'll get a DST4ME post!
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 May 2023 at 3:17am
I'll wait with you, hose!
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