Can I connect multiple monitors to an Asus Z97-A motherboard?

The motherboard has multiple video ports.  Ideally I want to connect one HDMI monitor and one DVI or HDMI.  Can I do this with this motherboards on board video?  Thanks in advance.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
No.  When you connect a monitor to a video port on a motherboard, the other one automatically is disabled.

If you want multiple monitors you will need to install a graphics card that supports dual monitors (Most of them do) or get a USB adapter such as

This is because the onboard video doesn't have the ability to drive more than one monitor.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Your Z97-A board has an Intel HD 4600 Graphics Chipset so you can get up to three separate displays out of it (provided one is VGA).   You can certainly get the two (HDMI and DVI) that you require - but you'll need to do this by using a DisplayPort to DVI adapter  (you can use EITHER the HDMI port OR the DVI port but not both as a straight connection).

So HDMI output to HDMI and DisplayPort output to DVI for the two outputs you want.

You can read more about the capabilities and maximum supported monitor configurations on Intel's site:
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
note: it is the cpu that drives the graphics not the motherboard.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
So dual monitor capabilities, I'll need a specific CPU?
Let me quote the specs from ASUS:
Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D/RGB/DisplayPort ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4060 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously
DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays
So it has both HDMI and DVI onboard.
Then from the main advert
Connect up to three independent monitors at once using video outputs such as DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
So dual monitor capabilities, I'll need a specific CPU?

David is correctly pointing out that graphics processing with the HD 4600 chipset is delegated to the CPU. All the CPUs recommended by Asus for your board are capable of up to three monitor support.  If you want to confirm this look at the first part of the Intel page I linked to  under "Which Intel graphics and chipsets support three independent displays?"

The bottom line is you can get your dual display but you just can't do it by using the built-in HDMI and DVI at the same time, you can use one of those and you'll need to use the DisplayPort output for the other.

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The "bottom line" is wrong - if I read the specs that I quoted, it says we can use DVI and HDMI together and, guess what, we do that here :)
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