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8 Monitor Setup - Streching an application over all the monitors

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Hi !

I need to build a 8 monitor solution to display one big schema.  The application used is RSView32 from Rockwell Software so it's nothing complex.  It works perfectly on dual monitor system so I believe I should be able to use it on the 8 monitors.

I am planning on buying a Dell T7400 workstations with the following slots :
1 PCI-e x8 slot wired as x4
2 PCI-e x16 Gen 2 graphics slots

Do you believe that I could buy 2 PNY QUADRO NVS 440 PCIE X16 video cards to put on this system and use my 8 monitors at once for only one program stretched over all of them ?

I know things like UltraMon and Zenview Manager can help the management of the windows but it would be only one application that I would maximize / stretch over all desktop.

Nobody at Dell can help me on this so here I am with the experts...
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Hi

Using 2 PNY 440 will not pose any problem, In fact you can even use 3 to get 12 monitor display ( only in vista, XP will stop at 10 monitor ).

If you want to use all the monitors for only one application, you can configure all the monitor to "extend" the first one.  On all the applications, when you will maximize them they will stay on your main screen.  To use the others you will need to move the windows around and resize them yourself.

These kind of configuration are pretty common in the financial industry where graphs and tables need to be everywhere :P
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by:Francois_Tremblay
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Thanks for the swift answer.

Dell is not carrying the NVS 440 anymore so I was wondering if there was a compatibility problem.

I have also been told that for some applications it works and for others it does not work...  is there any information on that somewhere?  I often see setup were people are using lots of monitor but when you see the "pictures" it's always something different in each monitor.  I have a 3 monitor system on one video card and I can stretch an Excel spreadsheet to use the 3 monitors but I was unaware of how it works with 2 video cards.

I also saw a posts about someone using a NVS 440 and a Dell T3400 and that was not working.  Appeared it was because the NVS 440 was a PCIE 1X and he needed a 16X but there was no follow up on that problem after this.

That's the video card I'm thinking about :
http://www2.pny.com/NVIDIA-Quadro-NVS-440-x16-P1823C37.aspx

And the PC :
http://www1.ca.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/precn_t7400?c=ca&cs=calca1&l=en&s=biz
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In fact dell are still selling them ... don't if they will install it if you ask them.

PCI-E x16
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/PopupProductDetail.aspx?cs=04&l=en&c=us&sku=A0615374

PCI-E x1
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/PopupProductDetail.aspx?cs=04&l=en&c=us&sku=A0615585

You just need to be sure to take the one you want ( i recommend the x16 as it will be faster and not much more expensive ).  The forum post you are talking about is surely related to this.
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I contacted Dell Support and they were unsure if the chassis could fit two of these cards in fanless of fan version even though they have 2 PCIE x16 slots.

They are supposed to contact their own tecnical support in Austin , TX and they should have an answer for me within a few days.

I'll be forced to buy a video card I won't need as the T7400 needs to come with one of the suggested video cards and I'll simply install the 2 other ones myself.  

Thanks for the help.
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