Need three monitors mirroring the same thing. I think I need a 4 port graphics card but not sure what kind compatible with my Dell optiplex 980 windows xp 32 bit

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You want the quadro NVS 420 it can drive up to 4 monitors. I have a rig that runs 3 and another rig that runs 5 with these cards

 

http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_quadro_nvs_420_us.html

 

 

Answered 04/10/2012 by: ms01ak
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The NVS 420 might be a bit over kill for most applications.  We had a similar issue at our school.  Our Optiplex 980 was used to display some slides (nothing complex) as part of a digital signage system.  We mirrored the displays out to 3 different monitors using a VGA splitter.  Similar to the ones found here : 

http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=vga+splitter&x=0&y=0

If you just need one more display for workstation usage, a USB to (VGA) or (DVI) adapter might also work for you.  It won't do high definition video rendering, but most desktop applications will work fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&Description=usb%20to%20dvi

Hope this is helpful!

Answered 04/10/2012 by: lan.pham
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  • My company just purchased a PCIe Low-Profile video card for a Optiplex 960 and it worked great. It was an ATI Radeon HD 5570. link below.

    http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/VisionTek-Radeon-HD-5570-VHDCI-graphics-adapter-4-port-VGA-only-1-GB/2469881.aspx
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