Supported Configurations for Three Displays

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07/07/2021

In most cases, the following configurations options support three independent displays:

Note Thunderbolt (TBT) uses the USB-C connector to transmit display data.  Not all USB-C systems are compatible with TBT. To determine if TBT is supported, look for the Thunderbolt symbol or contact your equipment manufacturer.

Table 1: Supported configurations with two DisplayPort connections. For most Intel Graphics Products, this is the only configuration that supports three external displays.

Display 1 Configuration Display 2 Configuration Display 3 Configuration
DisplayPort DisplayPort HDMI
DVI
VGA
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (USB-C)
Built-in display

Supported configurations with two DisplayPort connections

Table 2: Supported configurations with a built-in display

Display 1 Configuration Display 2 Configuration Display 3 Configuration
HDMI
DVI
VGA
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (USB-C)
HDMI
DVI
VGA
DisplayPort
Thunderbolt (USB-C)
Built-in display

Supported configurations with a built in display

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Considerations for a built-in display (e.g. a laptop screen)
Built-in displays typically use connector types: Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) off the chipset, eDP off a mobile processor, or LVDS.

To check if your built-in display uses an eDP or LVDS connector type:

  1. Open the Intel® Graphics Command Center:
    • From the Windows Start Menusearch for Intel Graphics Command CenterClick the Intel Graphics Command Center icon to open the application.
  2. Select Display.
  3. Select Information.
  4. Check the Connector Type field.
Or
  1. Open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel:
    • From the Windows Start Menusearch for Intel Graphics Control PanelClick the Intel Graphics Control Panel icon to open the application.
  2. Select Options and Support.
  3. Change System Information to Built-in Display.
  4. Check the Connector Type field.
Supported configurations

To find the maximum number of screens and resolution supported by your Intel® Graphics Devices, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the product specification site.
  2. Search for your processor model. If you don't know your model number, you can use the Intel® Processor Identification Utility.
  3. Under the Graphics Specifications section, find the maximum resolution specs and maximum number of displays supported by the graphics controller included in that processor.

Most combinations of HDMI, DVI, VGA, DisplayPort (DP), and Embedded DP (eDP) are supported on Graphics for 3rd Generation Intel® Processors and newer. If you are unsure on which Generation your processor is, you can identify the Generation of Intel® Core™ Processors.

The following combinations are not supported:

Unsupported Configurations
Display 1 Configuration Display 2 Configuration Display 3 Configuration
HDMI HDMI HDMI
DVI DVI DVI
HDMI HDMI DVI
HDMI DVI DVI

For the following graphics products:

  • Intel HD Graphics 4000/2500 of 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Intel HD Graphics of Intel® Pentium® Processors 2000/G2000/G2100 series
  • Intel HD Graphics of Intel® Celeron® Processors 1000/G1000 series

The following configurations support three independent displays:

  • If two of the displays are DisplayPort monitors
  • If one of the displays is Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
  • If the built-in display is an Embedded DisplayPort (eDP)
Related topics
Enabling Three Independent Displays with Intel® Graphics Controller
Maximum Resolutions Supported in a Three Display Configuration
Troubleshooting Issues With Multiple Displays
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