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Okay, I've got some questions about 3 displays vs 1. I'll be running 3-way SLI with 3GB 580s, and I want to maximize the performance of those cards. If I had real mad money, I'd just run 3 30" displays, but I'm not that loaded... so I'm having to choose between 1 30" or 3 24" displays.

The biggest question I'm running into is how much better is the S-IPS panel? Is it worth it to go with a 30" display with a better panel, and likely use less of my video cards, or go with 3 24" monitors and run at a much higher resolution at the cost of a lower-end panel?

I'll probably have to accommodate room for the 3 24" monitors as well, where I won't have to move much of anything around for 1 30" display. I've never run more than 1 display at a time, but I'm (almost) going all out with my next build, and I wanted to get whatever would push the video cards the hardest. After all, if I'm dropping a lot of money on the video cards, I might as well push them as hard as I can.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 18
I think for pure gaming, if you are going to get 3GB cards then get the triple monitor setup

- they do offer 24" IPS panels for decent $$ - with a 30" a single 580 or SLI 580's is the most needed, the 3rd one would be a waste as you'll see no difference in performance or settings

- just make sure to get a board with NF200 (if you are going SB, which I would recommend having previously had tri-sli 580's) - Asus WS Revolution is probably the best board that you can get for tri-sli
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;14240497 
I think for pure gaming, if you are going to get 3GB cards then get the triple monitor setup

- they do offer 24" IPS panels for decent $$ - with a 30" a single 580 or SLI 580's is the most needed, the 3rd one would be a waste as you'll see no difference in performance or settings

- just make sure to get a board with NF200 (if you are going SB, which I would recommend having previously had tri-sli 580's) - Asus WS Revolution is probably the best board that you can get for tri-sli

Thanks. I already am going to use the WS Revolution, for just the reason you stated.

Do you know off the top of your head any 24" IPS panels?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176165&Tpk=24%22%20S-IPS

3 of those don't sound too bad. Really wish SAMSUNG made an S-IPS display.
Edited by vikingsteve - 7/16/11 at 6:43pm
post #4 of 18
i dont have much experience with multi screen, but i tried 3 monitors (1x24", 2x19") when i had some spare monitors for a while, at the time i was running a ATI HD4890. It was good, but most games (i found) were hard to set up in multi monitor. The easiest game was MS flight sim X and that was pretty cool! Last christmas i was going to do the same as you, but ended up buying an Acer HD projector instead. I know if you get the ATI eyefinty cards, its a breeze to setup and most games now auto detect multi monitors, but my wife doesnt see the point of more than one monitor, so that set up will be a long way off for me!
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Well I'm just about sold on 3 displays now... the real question; where will my tower go? I'm going to have to build a stand for it on the side of my desk or something. I've got a bit of room between the wall and the desk. It'll make a nice project for the winter.
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Originally Posted by vikingsteve;14240770 
Well I'm just about sold on 3 displays now... the real question; where will my tower go? I'm going to have to build a stand for it on the side of my desk or something. I've got a bit of room between the wall and the desk. It'll make a nice project for the winter.

Had to put mine on the floor, oh well biggrin.gif
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Do 3 Dell Ultrasharp 24" IPS panels. (U2410 or older U2408 if on tight budget)
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post #8 of 18
dude that is MASSIVE resolution. you are insane (i like it though, so dont worry haha)

HP makes insanely good S-IPS monitors, so that one is a good choice. you will not be disappointed.

read up on response time, though. my monitor has similar response time and some games that look like they are running smoothly have a jerkiness when i turn around or something. I am thinking it is a response time issue.

can anyone offer any insight on this for the OP? those are expensive monitors so i wouldnt want them to be purchased if they arent exactly the best for gaming.

(usually S-IPS monitors are used for art applications, which arent impacted by response time)
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I would recommend IPS so that you can have the peripheral monitors not quite pointed directly at your head without losing any image quality. The reason for this is because most games get a distorted field of view in the peripherals, and when I had my eyefinity setup I preferred to have my peripheral screens about half way between parallel to the center screen and oriented towards my head. this really helped alleviate most of the issues that are presented by the gamer's perspective at a wide field of view. My only problem was that I didn't have IPS, so those peripheral screens were a nightmare.

If you can fork out the money, I think the Dell U2410 is the best choice for a 24 inch screen. You'll get extremely thin borders around the screen and they're swivel-able if you prefer 3 monitors in portrait.
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Originally Posted by un1b4ll;14240826 
I would recommend IPS so that you can have the peripheral monitors not quite pointed directly at your head without losing any image quality. The reason for this is because most games get a distorted field of view in the peripherals, and when I had my eyefinity setup I preferred to have my peripheral screens about half way between parallel to the center screen and oriented towards my head. this really helped alleviate most of the issues that are presented by the gamer's perspective at a wide field of view. My only problem was that I didn't have IPS, so those peripheral screens were a nightmare.

If you can fork out the money, I think the Dell U2410 is the best choice for a 24 inch screen. You'll get extremely thin borders around the screen and they're swivel-able if you prefer 3 monitors in portrait.

i am currently using one of HP's s-ips 30 inchers and i can press my face up against the screen and still see everything clear as day. zero image quality loss at 90 degree viewing angle.
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