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So, Im not as extreme as some of the people on this forum when it comes to displays, but my recent want for a U3011 made me look at other options due to the extreme price of an IPS display in that size. I quickly realized I could reach that much screen real-estate with a dual or triple monitor setup.

This had all started when I was building a new setup for myself based on the 8150 CPU from AMD and a Gigabyte G990FX-UD7 Board. The monitor I was using is from 2006 and was an Asus I had purchased for a little under 200$ at the time. So I wanted an upgrade, but 3D Monitors were just starting to come out... I waited. thumb.gif Good call on my part, as 120Hz monitors seem to be making themselves more available then when I had started my Project RaindropS build.

My current plans are as follows, and I will be posting pictures when I get the chance as I am still doing a good amount of research for this project.

For the triple monitor setup, I am going to require 2 GTX 680s (Right now AMD graphics cards are not scaling to my liking as far as OC goes, and I am looking for a compatible card to go with my WC setup). I am currently running a pair of GTX 280s care of a member on OCN, Syrillian had been using before his unfortunate demise.

The monitors are going to be a trifecta of BenQ XL2420T LED-Backlit 120Hz 3D Monitors on an XFX Stand.

Any input into this setup would be greatly appreciated as I am going to be using it mostly for gaming and a bunch of 3D modeling work as well.
Edited by PeteJM - 4/19/12 at 5:44am
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Actually a single 680 can do triple monitor surround, nVidia evolved in this regard. For more than that you will still need AMD.

As far as display real estate goes - yeah, you can get more pixels for the same price with multiple displays. For a 1000$ you can get either 30'' DELL at 2560x1600 or 5x 1920x1080 DELL's (both IPS) at 5400x1920.
399

However, if I would be starting today I would take a good long hard look at these eBay Catleaps (whitchever names they come in nowadays) which offer damn awesome number of IPS format pixels at damn awesome price. I mean 2560x1440 at approx 270 euros (one of the cheaper end offerings) is outright steal! If I would be starting assembling my screen array today I would probably be atm sitting on 3x cateleaps instead of 5x DELLS tbh. And collecting money for adding two more of these catleaps for awesome ~18 megapixels of screen real estate. That would be approx 150% of my current screen area for approx 137% of the price.

BTW the blue square on the picture is 2560x1600 as windows engineers figured that no one will ever have larger screen so thats the size they made the windows login screen.
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I actually did take a look at the Catleaps but had ruled them out due to my needs of zero dead pixels and a warranty if I have any troubles. Since no-one has had one of these displays for more than 6 months, I really would like to wait until someone has had one running at 90+ HZ until then...

As far as a 680 doing 3 displays, you are correct somewhat.

HDMI & Single Link DVI can do this on the card @ 60 Hz
But the 680 only has Display Port 1.2 and one DVI-D port which means I would need two to use all 3 of the BenQs at 120 Hz
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I actually did take a look at the Catleaps but had ruled them out due to my needs of zero dead pixels and a warranty if I have any troubles. Since no-one has had one of these displays for more than 6 months, I really would like to wait until someone has had one running at 90+ HZ until then...
As far as a 680 doing 3 displays, you are correct somewhat.
HDMI & Single Link DVI can do this on the card @ 60 Hz
But the 680 only has Display Port 1.2 and one DVI-D port which means I would need two to use all 3 of the BenQs at 120 Hz

The GTX 680 has two DL-DVI ports, one of which is a DVI-I port, and the other which is DVI-D. Both will output enough bandwidth to drive a BenQ at 120hz. That aside, 2x GTX 680s would be an excellent idea for pushing Surround at 120hz.
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Interesting... I had gotten bad information off of the egg then. It lists DVI, DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI... Checked the GeForce product page and it supports the DVI-I and DVI-D specs...
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Interesting... I had gotten bad information off of the egg then. It lists DVI, DVI-D, DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI... Checked the GeForce product page and it supports the DVI-I and DVI-D specs...

DVI-I and DVI-D are effectively the same thing. The only difference is VGA capability, and if you don't care about VGA capability, they are no different. DVI-I (integrated) = DVI-D (digital) + DVI-A (analogue).
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Actually a single 680 can do triple monitor surround, nVidia evolved in this regard. For more than that you will still need AMD.
As far as display real estate goes - yeah, you can get more pixels for the same price with multiple displays. For a 1000$ you can get either 30'' DELL at 2560x1600 or 5x 1920x1080 DELL's (both IPS) at 5400x1920.
However, if I would be starting today I would take a good long hard look at these eBay Catleaps (whitchever names they come in nowadays) which offer damn awesome number of IPS format pixels at damn awesome price. I mean 2560x1440 at approx 270 euros (one of the cheaper end offerings) is outright steal! If I would be starting assembling my screen array today I would probably be atm sitting on 3x cateleaps instead of 5x DELLS tbh. And collecting money for adding two more of these catleaps for awesome ~18 megapixels of screen real estate. That would be approx 150% of my current screen area for approx 137% of the price.
BTW the blue square on the picture is 2560x1600 as windows engineers figured that no one will ever have larger screen so thats the size they made the windows login screen.

I took a look at the catleaps and appreciate the input. I really dont like a few things about them, including the warranty support. So I will most-likely be going with some dell monitors.
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Was doing some solid reading into stands today. Looking at some of the reviews about the XFX stand on the internet, as well as some verified owners off of Amazon I was quite dissuaded.

However, I did find a nice stand by Ergotech which also costs 2/3 the price of the XFX and is of better quality. So this is an overall win.

Ergotech Triple Horizontal LCD Monitor Arm Desk Stand (100-D16-B03)
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I was quite surprised at the quality and weight of this stand. Most users are able to suspend 3 25" monitors from it with no problems, and since I will be using 3 BenQ Displays, this seems ideal.

My only concern now is for dead pixels, and the touch sensitive bezels on the displays being forever lit due to monitor proximity.

--- BIG HOWEVER ---

Who would want to see a triple stripped down LG Panel (Using Stripped Catleaps)

My idea here would be to take the panels and boards from the Catleap displays and keep them clocked at 60 HZ. However, to mount them on the same stand and use the massive screen real-estate. Ideas?
Edited by PeteJM - 4/27/12 at 1:52am
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