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      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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      • Last Updated :17 Jun 2014
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