Why can't I use all 4 of my displays at once?


I just got a 3rd monitor for my setup and after plugging it in one of my monitors wouldn't display anything.(I have 2 27 inch LG monitors that are the same and a 55 inch tv that i sometimes use and one of the LG's wouldn't work) After a while of trying to figure out what was wrong with my monitors I found out after going through the NVIDIA Control Panel that I could either use my 2 LG monitors alone or if I wanted to use more than 2 displays, I couldn't use both LG monitors, I could only use one or the other. Not sure what's going on but I figured someone here might know. Here's two screen shots of what I see. (The one not in use is display 2)


  • PowerSpec_MikeW
    PowerSpec_MikeW PowerSpec Engineer
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    What model is the GPU? If you go to Configure Surround at the top can you setup three of the monitors in 3D Surround and one as an auxiliary monitor? Can you set the monitor that's disabled from disconnected to extend in the Windows Display Settings instead of Nvidia Control Panel?

  • PowerSpec_MichaelB

    What you are likely seeing is DSC (Display Stream Compression) limitations for your pixel bandwidth. The RTX 3090 Ti can support a maximum resolution of 7680x4320 when using a single DP 1.4a/HDMI 2.1 cable with DSC at 12-bit color and 60hz. This means if you cut this in half, you can support two 4k 60hz displays under the same conditions. To add a third display, you'll need to either compromise on refresh rates (30hz) or resolution (dropping down to 1440p or 1080p).

    You can do some shenanigans like adjusting the color depth, disabling HDR and G-Sync to save some bandwidth, but there is no guarantee it will work due to how much bandwidth you are needing. I would recommend starting with a lower resolution on each panel then slowly increasing until you hit your limit. From there, tinker with Nvidia's custom resolution feature to define specific refresh rates for each panel until you can get them all to display within the bandwidth limitation.

  • Ross24

    It’s a MSI SUPRIM X 3090 ti and I can’t set up 3D surround to connect all three because I’m not able to select my two LG’s and my ultrawide at the same time. I tried to extend it in windows display settings but nothing happens even after I confirm before it reverts back.
  • Ross24
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    edited September 2023

    Im not exactly sure what you mean because I’ve been able to run 2 4k monitors @160hz great but then I add a third monitor and I can’t use them together(They’re all connected through separate ports, 3 DisplayPorts and 1 HDMI).I swapped one of the 4k ones with a 4k tv and it ran just fine but as soon as I try to use both my 4k monitors it won’t let me enable them both. I’m assuming it’s not but could this be happening because they’re both the same monitor?
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