NVIDIA Optimus - ThinkPad Multiple Monitor Configurations

Selected ThinkPad systems, with NVIDIA's Optimus technology, support multiple external displays along with an active ThinkPad display.

The following dock and non-docking configurations are available:

  • Triple Display Configurations
    • ThinkPad-only
    • ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 (4337)
    • ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 90W (4338-10U) or ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 170W (4338-30U)
  • Quad Display Configurations
    • ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 (4337)
    • ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 90W (4338-10U) or ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 170W (4338-30U)

 

Triple Display Configuration: ThinkPad-only

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to two external monitors, for a triple display configuration.

Dual Monitors

ThinkPad-only Triple Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd Display: VGA analog monitor attached to the ThinkPad VGA analog port.
  • 3rd Display: DisplayPort monitor attached to the ThinkPad DisplayPort monitor port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad discrete graphics systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad-only Triple Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T420, T420i, T420s, T420si, T430, T430i
  • ThinkPad T520, T520i, T530, T530i
  • ThinkPad W520, W530

Note : T430s and T430si don't support the “Triple display configuration”. They need two Display Port to configure a triple display setting, therefore a docking station is required.

 

Triple Display Configuration: ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 - 90W (4337)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to two external monitors, for a triple display configuration.

Two monitors with dock

 

ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd and 3rd Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock

    For Optimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad discrete graphics systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si
  • ThinkPad T420, T420i, T420s, T420si, T430, T430i, T430s, T430si
  • ThinkPad T520, T520i, T530, T530i
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520 Dual-Core models, T520i Dual-Core models

 

Triple Display Configuration: ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 90W (4338-10U)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to two external monitors, for a triple display configuration.

Two monitors with dock

 

ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd and 3rd Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock

      For Optimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock Plus when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad discrete graphics systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si
  • ThinkPad T420, T420i, T420s, T420si, T430, T430i, T430s, T430si
  • ThinkPad T520, T520i, T530, T530i
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520 Dual-Core models, T520i Dual-Core models

 

Triple Display Configuration: ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 170W (4338-30x)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to two external monitors, for a triple display configuration.

Two monitors with dock

 

ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd and 3rd Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock

    For Optimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock Plus when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad discrete graphics systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 Triple Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si
  • ThinkPad T420, T420i ,T420s, T420si
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520, T520i (all models: Dual-Core and Quad-Core)
  • ThinkPad W520
  • ThinkPad T430, T430i, T430s, T430si
  • ThinkPad T530, T530i
  • ThinkPad W530

 

Quad Display Configuration: ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 - 90W (4337)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to three external monitors, for a quad display configuration.

ThinkPad with three external monitorstors.jpg

ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock

    For Optimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T420, T410s, T410si, T420s
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520 Dual-core models
  • ThinkPad T430, T430i
  • ThinkPad T530, T530i

 

Quad Display Configuration ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 90W (4338-10x)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to three external monitors, for a quad display configuration.

ThinkPad with three external monitorstors.jpg

ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock Plus
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock Plus
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock Plus

    For Optimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock Plus when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T420, T410s, T410si, T420s
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520 Dual-core models
  • ThinkPad T430, T430i
  • ThinkPad T530, T530i

 

Quad Display Configuration ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 - 170W (4338-30x)

Supports an active ThinkPad display, and up to three external monitors, for a quad display configuration.

ThinkPad with three external monitorstors.jpg

ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • 1st Display: Active ThinkPad display
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th Displays: Any combination of the following:
    • DisplayPort on ThinkPad
    • DisplayPort on Mini Dock Plus
    • DVI digital port on Mini Dock Plus
    • VGA analog port on Mini Dock Plus

    ForOptimus enabled ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i discrete graphics systems, all additional displays need to be attached to ports on the Mini Dock Plus when attaching a monitor to the dock's VGA analog port.

Note: DisplayPort monitor cables are available that allows attachment of DVI digital or VGA analog monitors to a DisplayPort monitor port.

The following ThinkPad systems, with NVIDIA Optimus technology, support ThinkPad Mini Dock Plus Series 3 Quad Display Configuration:

  • ThinkPad T410, T410i, T420, T410s, T410si, T420s
  • ThinkPad T510, T510i
  • ThinkPad T520, T520i (all models: Dual-Core and Quad-Core)
  • ThinkPad T430, T430i
  • ThinkPad T530, T530i
  • ThinkPad W530

 

Software Requirements

Microsoft Windows 7 using the procedures for extending the number of displays. For more information, go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Move-windows-between-multiple-monitors

 

Mini Dock Series 3 rear view

 

Mini Dock Plus Series 3 rear view

 

Additional information
Lenovo Support: Docking Stations and Port Replicators: Reference Guide - A list of docking stations and port replicators
www.lenovo.com/optimizedforbusiness - Information on ThinkPad systems offering NVIDIA's Optimus technology
NVIDIA Optimus ( www.nvidia.com/optimus ) - Information on NVIDIA's Optimus technology
Lenovo Support: Monitors - Reference Guide - A list of monitors
Lenovo ThinkVision Monitors ( www.lenovo.com/thinkvision ) - ThinkVision monitor information
Lenovo Support: NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 7 (32-bit) - ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i
Lenovo Support: NVIDIA Optimus Display Driver for Windows 7 (64-bit) - ThinkPad T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T510, T510i
Lenovo Support: NVIDIA Switchable Graphics adapters versus NVIDIA Optimus Graphics adapters - ThinkPad T410s, W510


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