Article Summary: How to configure a Dell OptiPlex XX10-series and XX20-series system with Intel HD 4000 Graphics for 3 Displays
This article will provide information on how to configure a Dell OptiPlex XX10-series and XX20-series (OptiPlex 7010, 7020, 9010, 9020, 3020) system for three (3) LCD displays. The Intel HD 4000 Graphics can provide output to three (3) displays; one on-board VGA and two on-board DisplayPort (DisplayPort ONLY) connections. Intel HD 4000 Graphics are only available on systems equipped with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor.
Systems with i3 Intel Processors are limited to 2 displays. So are systems with Intel HD 2500 graphics. On these systems, regardless of cable configurations a 3rd display is not possible on the Intel Integrated Graphics of an i3 Processor. For a 3rd display a USB graphics adapter
The equipment required to setup the system in this configuration is listed below:
- (1) OptiPlex XX10-series and XX20-series (OptiPlex 7010, 7020, 9010, 9020, 3020)
- (2) Digital LCD displays with DVI or DisplayPort Input
- (2) DisplayPort cables (one for each digital display) or Active Dual-Link DisplayPort to DVI Adapters (Dell Part Number XT625/R478G)
- (1) LCD display with analog VGA connection
- (1) Keyboard
- (1) Mouse
NOTE: The OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One (AIO) does not have 3 display capability due to the lack of DisplayPort Connections.
Properly configured, the Intel HD 4000 Graphics can display to 3 displays (1 - Analog and 2 - DisplayPort) in either clone or extended mode. The analog display VGA LCD display, the 2nd and 3rd displays must be connected via DisplayPort digital connections or by using active dual-link DisplayPort to DVI adapters . The system should be configured as follows:
- Connect the 1st digital connection (DisplayPort or active DisplayPort Adapter) to the computer graphics adapter, and the other end to digital display 1. Connect the power cable to the display and power on the display. Position the display in your desired location.
- Connect the 2nd digital connection (DisplayPort or active DisplayPort Adapter to the computer graphics adapter, and the other end to digital display 2. Connect the power cable to the display and power on the display. Position the display in your desired location.
Note: The digital outputs must be DisplayPort/Active DisplayPort Adapters. Passive Single-link DVI adapters & VGA adapters for the DisplayPort connections only allow for 2 displays at a time in the Intel HD 4000 graphics control panel. DisplayPort to DisplayPort or active DisplayPort DVI connections are required on both digital displays to enable the option of a 3rd display via the VGA connection.
- Connect the analog (VGA) LCD display to the VGA connection on the system. Connect the power cable to the display and power on the display. Position the display in your desired location.
- Power on the system. Once at the Microsoft Windows desktop, we will need to access the Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel.
- Right-Click the desktop, click graphics properties, and you can adjust the resolution and LCD locations for the multiple monitors using the Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel. You can also change the default display of the system to any of the three displays.
Current Dell LCD Display models that have DisplayPort technology are:
- Dell UltraSharp U2211H 21.5 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U2212HM 21.5 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U2311H 23 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U2410 24 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U2711 27 in. Display
- Dell UltraSharp U3011 30 in. Display
Note: The Dual-Link DisplayPort adapter has a USB and a DisplayPort connector. Each adapter will require 1 dedicated USB port.
Intel HD 4600 Monitor Supported Modes:
640 by 480 (75 Hz)
640 by 480 (60 Hz)
720 by 400 (70 Hz)
800 by 600 (75 Hz)
800 by 600 (60 Hz)
1024 by 768 (75 Hz)
1024 by 768 (60 Hz)
1152 by 864 (75 Hz)
1280 by 1024 (60 Hz)
1280 by 800 (60 Hz)
1280 by 1024 (75 Hz)
1600 by 1200 (60 Hz)
1680 by 1050 (60 Hz)
1920 by 1080 (60 Hz)
1920 by 1200 (60 Hz)
2560 by 1440 (60 Hz)