The bolded is not entirely accurate. There is very little (if any) penalty to using a second display; worst thing about it is that it can cause the idle clocks to be a little higher than normal (power consumption when the PC is idle will be higher than it would have been with one display). I'd probably experiment with 'dual outputs' before buying any kind of splitter.Hello guys. I am hoping someone out there has a similar situation as me and has found a solution.
I am currently waiting for the delivery of my Samsung Q7DR television. I will use it as a big monitor for my PC, through which I stream, play games, 4K movies, and music. I have a Vega 56 Video card with dual outputs. My Receiver is a Yamaha TSR-7850.
Here is my issue. I want to take advantage of the VRR/FreeSync capability of my Samsung, however, since the TV doesn't have eArc (there is a rumor it may get an update to implement it, but I highly doubt it.) I'm stuck either having low-quality sound by plugging the HDMI directly into the TV to take advantage of the VRR, but will only pass 2.0 channel audio to the receiver via ARC, or not being able to use the VRR since the Yamaha doesn't pass through/support FreeSync/VRR. I could cancel the TV order and go for an LG model which has eArc, but that would be quite a bit more expensive.
I have, in the past, setup dual monitors on my setup and had the receiver act as a monitor and had it play the sound, while the TV displayed the video. This isn't optimal though, as I have been told that because there is a dual monitor setup going, the video card is using extra resources making that second display output for the receiver.
Is there any better solution? Someone at one point mentioned buying a splitter/audio extractor. Is there such a device that will passthrough atmos/TrueHD signals, while supporting HDR10 and VRR/FreeSync?
If anyone has dealt with this and knows an answer, short of returning the Samsung and getting a TV that has eArc, please let me know.
Source on negligible performance hits from running a second display: overclocking/benching. Never seen any dips/jumps in perf when adding/removing screens.