Originally Posted by Nowiser
Intially I am going to be playing on a 23 or 24 inch, at 1080p. How does the eyefinity work with three monitors? I have seen a bit of those deals on newegg with 3 monitors and cards and was wondering how it all worked.
In short with AMD eyefinity or Nvidia 2d surround you trick windows into believing you have 1 big monitor with a resolution of 5760x1080, or with monitors in portrait mode 3240*1920. the resolution may be slightly bigger after Bezel correction because it fakes pixels where the bezel is so your image doesn't seem to jump an inch between the monitors but seems to flow behind the monitor bezel.
The reason multi-monitor gaming is done with an odd number of monitors is basically so the center of the screen doesn't fall on a bezel. So you can have 3 or 5 monitors for the best results.
As far as your graphics options if you were to go for a 3 monitor setup AFAIK you would need a single AMD card, a Nvidia 590 or Nvidia SLI because I don't think Nvidia supports 3 monitor gaming without SLI. Also they say more video ram is best for pushing this many pixels, I believe this comes into play more when running Anti-Aliasing and Multisampling or other similar effects. I haven't really run into any limits on my 2gb of video memory because the games I have played have had issues running these effects
I was coming from a 2 monitor setup, but generally it was gaming on the one monitor with a web browser in the other. This came in handy when playing slow paced games like World of Warcraft. Now I just enjoy seeing more stuff off to the sides now with my eyefinity setup. I will admit, it is not perfect as not all games support it very well. Many games have things pinned to the sides so without downloading mods you may find yourself turning your head a lot to see the mini map or other points of interest. As mentioned I really have only extensively played WOW and Dragon Age Origins since setting it up. WOW is very mod based anyway so it wasn't to much of a problem, but as for Dragon Age I just learned to live with my action bars being on my left monitor along with my party, and the mini-map stuck on the right, and as a result I have an uncluttered center monitor for playing the game.
As far as performance In WOW I have everything enabled except multisampling, and I am stuck in DX9 because eyefinity doesn't work in DX11 mode, but I get consistently over 60fps with the occasional dip to maybe 40s in raid. Don't think I ever looked at FPS in Dragon Age, but I have everything enabled but frame buffer effects there too and it runs at 60FPS solid with Vsync enabled. I don't know if its an AMD driver issue but when I enable multisampling or the Frame buffer effects in Dragon Age both games have driver crashes instantly.Edited by Mr.Sakamoto - 8/17/11 at 6:41pm