Suppose someone has a desire for a lot of monitors. Like, A LOT of monitors – day traders, multiple VR headset owners, game devs with 15 different working windows flying around, etc. – someone for whom the 2-4 additional integrated video ports on a motherboard start becoming a selling point. In an era of $1600+ 3.5-slot monstrosities, “just buy a second GPU, bro” is perhaps not the scintillating wisdom it once was. :rolleyes:
Enter ASUS’ 4090 cards. Each – from the lowly non-OC TUF to the high-end Strix – all feature five video ports (3 DP, 2 HDMI), despite Ada’s spec hard-limiting the number of addressable outputs to four. This is ostensibly to save the user with several HDMI-only monitors the expense of seeking out active adapters, but is it possible to put the extra video slot to further use?
Whatever the use case, assume someone has five monitors, only four of which need to be active at any given time. Is it possible to plug all five devices into, say, a 4090 TUF, then disable one device in software (i.e., Windows “Display Settings”/Nvidia’s “Control Panel” or even a third-party app, if necessary), and continue with the remaining four devices active? Would such a process require a reboot, or is Windows/Nvidia’s software robust enough to juggle the transition gracefully?
Can any fresh new 4090 owner please test this and report back?