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T430 w/ Nvidia graphics - can this power 3 independent displays (2 monitors + laptop screen)?

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T430 w/ Nvidia graphics - can this power 3 independent displays (2 monitors + laptop screen)?

#1 Post by serpico » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:06 am

I've got a T430 with Nvidia NVS 5400M graphics. I do NOT have a docking station. Can this machine run 3 independent (non-mirrored) displays without a dock - two 1920x1080 resolution monitors and the 1600x900 laptop screen?

The laptop has VGA and miniDP ports and I don't have a mindDP cable yet, so I haven't been able to test this out firsthand yet. I have successfully run a 1920x1080 monitor from the VGA port along with the laptop screen.
T430: i5-3320M(2.6GHz), 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 14" 1600x900, NVIDIA NVS 5400M 1GB
W510: i7-720QM(1.6GHz), 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD, 15.6" 1600x900, 1GB nVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
T410s: Core i5 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 14.1" 1440x900
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Re: T430 w/ Nvidia graphics - can this power 3 independent displays (2 monitors + laptop screen)?

#2 Post by serpico » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:20 pm

Just to follow up on this in case someone else has the same question, this setup works. Mini-displayport cable to one monitor, VGA to another and laptop screen. Just plug and play and use Windows resolution tool to extend the desktop across all 3 screens. No dock required.

Of course, now I'm wondering if I can split the DisplayPort signal and add a fourth non-mirrored screen. :)
T430: i5-3320M(2.6GHz), 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 14" 1600x900, NVIDIA NVS 5400M 1GB
W510: i7-720QM(1.6GHz), 8GB RAM, 240GB SSD, 15.6" 1600x900, 1GB nVIDIA Quadro FX 880M
T410s: Core i5 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, 14.1" 1440x900
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Re: T430 w/ Nvidia graphics - can this power 3 independent displays (2 monitors + laptop screen)?

#3 Post by zephxiii » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:01 pm

idk i really recommend a docking station, makes the whole setup so much cleaner and you can easily run off with the laptop. You can get em for 20 bux these days.

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