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So I recently ended up with 3 monitors (each 1680x1050 native), and have been messing with Nvidia surround. So far I've tested it with L4D2 (which works quite well and I like), Crysis (eats too much vram), and then I found a fov hack that allows for surround with Mirrors Edge. I figure, this game was pretty much MADE to be played this way.

The problem is, that I get terrible fps with the sig rig with SLI. I get maybe 20ish fps using 5040x1050 with everything set to low and physx off. If I lower the res to something like 38..x768, then I get more like 30-40 fps. It's the only game that runs this slowly in surround. Is there something I'm missing here with settings or something?
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Mirrors Edge seems to hate SLI, like Amnesia: The Dark Descent... since Surround is basically a software hack-job on top of SLI, end result is games run terribly in Surround if they don't like SLI.

Here's a couple of threads which may be of interest. The first contains a possible workaround.
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Thanks. I saw a similar post about changing the rendering thing in Nvidia inspector, and did that but it didn't seem to help.

Ah well, what can ya do. Surround gaming doesn't really seem to be my thing anyway.

Thanks for the help though!
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Hm, that's a pity.

I like Surround a lot; for the sort of games I'm playing right now, it doesn't make a lot of difference (if it works at all) but for racing games Surround brings a whole new level of immersion. Still, I can see why it wouldn't be for everyone. It's quite a shock to suddenly have that much to look at. It's annoying when games support Surround, but don't put the HUD on the centre monitor correctly, too. That can spoil things a bit.
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Yeah, I've only tried surround with fps games, maybe that's the problem. I like it on L4D2, but don't use it much, or feel like i'm using it much. Once in a while, I notice a zombie coming up from the sides that I normally wouldn't have seen, but I'm still pretty fixated on the center monitor.

I noticed with F.E.A.R. 3 it does what you mention with the hud; very annoying.

It also seems that 1 GB of vram is a bit of a limiting factor for surround as well. So far, L4D2 uses right around 970-990, and Crysis 2 uses over a GB a lot of times (maxes around 1012).

I keep wanting to LOVE it, but I find myself going back to my single 1080p monitor. Hehe.

I was really hoping it would work well with ME since it seemed like a game made for it!
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That's what you're supposed to do. If you're trying to look at all three screens equally, you're doing it wrong. Surround is for immersion - making the gaming experience feel more like 'real vision' - you don't watch the world with a limited FOV with blinkers on, which is essentially what you're doing when using a single monitor. You focus on the centre (the 'focal point' and to the sides is peripheral vision; you can see what is there, but not with the clarity that you can if it was actually at your focal point.

Games try to recreate this effect on a single screen with seriously overzealous depth of field (when you're using ironsights/scopes, for example) but don't do it very well.

Do what you have been doing - focus on the centre, the side monitors are there simply for immersion, not for focussing on.

You'll find that VRAM is a very real limiting factor in Surround - check my signature for a link to a comparison review between 1GB and 2GB Surround for some info you might find interesting. Chances are, if you had 2GB cards, you'd find Crysis 2 using a lot more than that 1012MB; around 1000MB is where things tend to start maxing out due to requirements of framebuffer space for each frame rendered.

Also, Surround does take some time to get used to. You've probably (just like me) been playing games on a single monitor for years, and are used to the way it works on a single monitor. Going Surround (particularly because many devs screw up the HUD) is like relearning how to game.

Come say Hi in the nVidia Surround Gaming thread too.

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Yeah, I've only tried surround with fps games, maybe that's the problem. I like it on L4D2, but don't use it much, or feel like i'm using it much. Once in a while, I notice a zombie coming up from the sides that I normally wouldn't have seen, but I'm still pretty fixated on the center monitor.

I noticed with F.E.A.R. 3 it does what you mention with the hud; very annoying.

It also seems that 1 GB of vram is a bit of a limiting factor for surround as well. So far, L4D2 uses right around 970-990, and Crysis 2 uses over a GB a lot of times (maxes around 1012).

I keep wanting to LOVE it, but I find myself going back to my single 1080p monitor. Hehe.

I was really hoping it would work well with ME since it seemed like a game made for it!
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I shall find that thread and do so.

Yeah, I see what you're saying about the "focusing" part. At times, I do feel VERY immersed in the game, but not like I thought I would be. I'm still trying it out and giving it a chance though; I want to like it. And I'll take a look at the link in your sig. I figured that it would probably use more than the 1 GB it's showing it is.

I guess, having never played on a triple-screen set up, wasn't really sure what to expect.
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Some pretty crazy stuff there in your thread...

Conclusion: I won't be doing much surround gaming with newer games with these 1 GB cards. Of course, Crysis 2, even at 1080p eats the limit of vram. Dang...
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Some pretty crazy stuff there in your thread...

Conclusion: I won't be doing much surround gaming with newer games with these 1 GB cards. Of course, Crysis 2, even at 1080p eats the limit of vram. Dang...
You could always sell those 560 Ti's and grab a couple 2gb 6950's if you absolutely must game in surround. Your cards are by no means slow, but I really do think that 2gb is the bare minimum for gaming in surround/eyefinity.
    
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Yeah, I love these cards in SLI. Hell, I loved the single one I had to begin with; it did amazingly well in all the games I play.

I don't foresee myself really getting too into surround gaming, so I'm going to stick with these cards for a while I think. The next big game for me will be BF3, and I don't plan to play that in surround, so I should be ok.

Well, RO:2 also, but that doesn't look to be as graphically demanding as BF3.
Edited by Reloaded83 - 8/22/11 at 9:35am
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