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bryandbi
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Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

I have a user with 3 displays. They are all VGA displays. Two with his M72E and the other another PC. We want to consolidate to one PC (Thinkcenter M72e). I dont believe the built in card can support 3 displays. Could anyone suggest an inexpensive video card that supports 3 displays for this tower. Its just for busines so no need for a high end card. Also would prefer passive if possible. 

M72e (core i5)
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd024590

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 (1 or 2GB) is about the cheapest (around 40 bucks) passive card I know of that supports 3 monitors.

 

The only thing I do not know about the M72e is whether the 720 is on the whitelist or not, since the driver page shown here, does not list the GT 710, although it does list the GT 705 & 720.    My guess is that it would work just fine since it uses the same driver as the rest of the GeForce 700 series cards, but I cannot verify that personally. 

 

NVIDIA GeForce GT 710 2GB

https://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-GeForce-PCI-E2-0-Graphics-ZT-71302-20L/dp/B01AZ7W88O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8...

 

Best of luck,

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

Any low end Nvidia card that's on the list in the readme file for the driver for your system with 3 ports, however, most cards will only have 1 port that's VGA.   Check your monitors for what other ports they have.  

 

I'd suggest getting one with the latest DirectX version support to future proof it as much as possible (not for gaming, but your browser, other apps and OS uses it also), possibly a GT 730

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

GT 710 is not on the supported adapter list, and doesn't work (and neither the GT 610.)   The GT 705 does, but it is OEM only and more expensive, and the GT 730 is more common than the 720, making is less expensive. 

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

Thanks I was looking at a 710.

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

Thank you BigAl. I was close to buying a 710 until your post. I appreciate the info.

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

I'm still on the fence about adding a video card.
M72e Ivy Win 7
bryandbi
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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

If it helps at all, I ended up getting a GeForce GT 730 passive 2 gig and its worked for our purposes

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Profile-Graphics-02G-P3-1733-KR/dp/B00LJZQEV4/ref=sr_1_1?s=elect...

 

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Re: Inexpensive video card that supports 3 monitors for a ThinkCentre M72e Tower

Still have not needed one, but I am keeping that in mind. (can't fit two monitors on this desk).  but I may game soon

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