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Help me decide: ACD 27"/Dell U2711/Triple U2311

Poll Results: Which display set up?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Apple Cinema Display 27"
  • 62% (5)
    Dell U2711
  • 37% (3)
    Triple Dell U2311
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
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I have been reading up on these and these are my choices at this point. This will be for my main rig TriSLI 570's.

Do I try Surround Vision with 3 U2311's? I have never tried 3 monitor set ups, I think I would like it but don't know.

I do however like large display monitors, but have grown tired of my 305T Plus and want to make the jump from S-PVA to IPS. I do like LED backlighting as I have an EX2220X for my backup rig. I have heard many a gripe about the U2711's anti glare coating, and I refuse to modify it because with my luck if I did mess it up or it died eventually I'm sure they would decline my warranty.

Basically same price for all the setups, U2711 ~$900, ACD ~$950, and the triple U2311 ~$960.

There have been a lot of threads on this lately so I have been reading a ton elsewhere and chiming in where appropriate.

Would love other OCN'ers opinions on this choice.

My main uses will be mainly gaming and watching video with a small amount of photo editing and perhaps some video editing depending on where the next couple years take me. I play a lot of turn based strategy, RPG's, FPS, a little RTS, and just got an awesome joystick and will be getting IL2, AC10, and BF3 (godamn jets, if you can't beat em join em).

Thank you!
Edited by Segovax - 4/26/11 at 6:52pm
post #2 of 5
I'd like to see everyone else's opinion as well.

I prefer to use 1 large monitor, especially for gaming, but it doesn't provide as many pixels as 3 2311's
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post #3 of 5
I'm still waiting for a solution to the bezel dilemma..maybe when projectors are more affordable/manageable

Anyways, I prefer and recommend a large monitor..I think the ACD and U2711 are both quality units so I would take the one you can get for cheaper, so I will be putting my vote into the U2711 for this poll.
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post #4 of 5
Tri SLI 570s will run into VRAM limitations with whatever option you choose, though it will be worse with surround. You'll likely have to make sacrifices to AA/textures in more demanding titles like Metro, DA2 and Crysis 1/Warhead. For example:


Max in game settings w/AAA = over 1.4GB VRAM usage on my rig.

That said I'd recommend a single large screen, and of the two choices the U2711 is the better option imo. The ACD uses a white LED backlighting instead of RGB, which actually sacrifices color fidelity compared to standard CCFL.

The U2711 is als a wide gamut monitor, meaning it can display colors outside of standard sRGB color space (If you do any photo editing or printing this is a sticking point). ACDs are limited to sRGB.

As far as the anti-glare is concerned, it is noticeable, but imo the lesser of two evils compared to seeing light reflections everywhere. Personal preference, but I prefer that over gloss.

If this is just for gaming though, you can't really go wrong with either screen.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post
Tri SLI 570s will run into VRAM limitations with whatever option you choose, though it will be worse with surround. You'll likely have to make sacrifices to AA/textures in more demanding titles like Metro, DA2 and Crysis 1/Warhead. For example:

Max in game settings w/AAA = over 1.4GB VRAM usage on my rig.

That said I'd recommend a single large screen, and of the two choices the U2711 is the better option imo. The ACD uses a white LED backlighting instead of RGB, which actually sacrifices color fidelity compared to standard CCFL.

The U2711 is als a wide gamut monitor, meaning it can display colors outside of standard sRGB color space (If you do any photo editing or printing this is a sticking point). ACDs are limited to sRGB.

As far as the anti-glare is concerned, it is noticeable, but imo the lesser of two evils compared to seeing light reflections everywhere. Personal preference, but I prefer that over gloss.

If this is just for gaming though, you can't really go wrong with either screen.
Thanks. I was considering upgrading to 2 or 3 580's to cope, but I really only notice my VRAM limiting me like you said when I turn up the AA and when you are playing at 2560x1600 you don't really need much AA tbh... at least I don't.

Edit: I found an Apple Cinema Display for $800 locally on CL... if he lets me talk him down and it's in perfect condition I might just get it.
Edited by Segovax - 4/26/11 at 8:16pm
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