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okay

Here is the overall future agenda.

I want to put together a gaming setup where i have 3 HD projectors(im talking about the ones that do 2500x1600 resolution if they exist) if not, ill go with the regular 1900x1200 or 1080p projectors.

on a curved custom designed projector screen with the image synced with Nthusam(a projector software that blends a seamless image using either nvidia surround or eyefinity)

the total resolution i guess would be 7500x4800? mabey?

with my current rig will i be able to play games at this resolution at 60 FPS or above?

my guess is probably not. But you tell me.


I am under the impression that to get absolute best performance from a setup like this, i may need the latest EVGA SR-2 board or whatever and the latest Xeon c606 processors.

what do you think? or will my current setup suffice?

im thinking because of the extra PCIE 3.0 Bandwidth on the EVGA SR-2 series motherboards that graphics performance will be better?
post #2 of 11
Your final resolution with 3 2560x1600 projectors would be 7680x1600. I don't know if your current setup will suffice, someone with more gaming knowledge will have to answer that.

I can say that going with Xeon E5 processors and the C602/C606 chipset would be pretty pointless. Your current X79 platform is capable of PCI-E 3.0, if you upgraded to PCI-E 3.0 GPUs like the GTX 680 or HD 7970. I should note there was some question as to whether the GTX 680 will currently run at PCI-E 3.0 speeds on X79. nVidia was validating it, but I'm not sure if they've finished yet.

Your 3960X is probably capable of clocking to 4.6 GHz as well. At that speed it should be vastly faster than the non-overclockable 3.1GHz eight core Xeon E5-2687W, at least in lowly threaded situations like games. It should also just about match it in multithreaded situations. Such an SLI setup will take a lot of CPU power, but its not the sort of situation where a lower clocked 8 core will have an advantage over a higher clocked 6 core.

My advice would be to keep your current setup, and see if it will run games satisfactorily at that resolution. If not, consider upgrading to GTX 680s (you should probably go with 4GB if possible), or possibly 7970s. Getting a Xeon or the C606 chipset will not help you with graphics performance.
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okay but what about dual xeons and 4 4gb gtx680's (once they come out with hydro copper versions of the 4gb gtx680's)

wont the extra CPU be necessary to run 4way sli gtx680's at 16x 16x 8x 8x like the SR-X?
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I hate you....








Please post pics of progress as it comes along though. redface.gif





Also ya I feel an OC X79 should do the CPU trick fine even with Quad SLI. You always have the option of upgrading to the Xeon's later if you must but your current setup should give you a good idea once you get some faster GPU's. (Depending on the game, even the 580's may be able to drive that res for the most part).


Now start talking 3D Vision mixed into that mix and well, you may as well see if Watson could give you a hand lol. (Or OC the Xeon's and wait for a GTX 690 Quad 4GB setup)
     
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The new gen of xeon's don't overclock at all and they're pretty much useless for gaming. The only xeon's you could go with would be last gen in an sr2 and that's also not the best option. The best option is what you have now. If you haven't already you'll need to overclock that 3960x as high as it'll go.
 
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Also take note that the future IB-E will work in the X79 which will probably include an 8core of some sort areound that time as well. Just stick with what you got now and if you want some major OC to back it up, pick up a phase change cooler or something lol.
     
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okay but what about dual xeons and 4 4gb gtx680's (once they come out with hydro copper versions of the 4gb gtx680's)
wont the extra CPU be necessary to run 4way sli gtx680's at 16x 16x 8x 8x like the SR-X.

As each LGA 2011 CPU has 40 PCI-E lanes, two CPUs would be necessary to run at 16x 16x 8x 8x. I suspect that the clockspeed hit from using the Xeons (ie going from 4.6 on the 3960X to 3.4 GHz on dual top end Xeon E5s) would more than negate any gains from using 16x 16x 8x 8x vs a PCI-E 3.0 8x 8x 8x 8x setup that would be possible with a single LGA2011 CPU. It really is a pity that the multiplier and the BCLK strap ratios are locked on the Xeons, it takes away so much potential.
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As each LGA 2011 CPU has 40 PCI-E lanes, two CPUs would be necessary to run at 16x 16x 8x 8x. I suspect that the clockspeed hit from using the Xeons (ie going from 4.6 on the 3960X to 3.4 GHz on dual top end Xeon E5s) would more than negate any gains from using 16x 16x 8x 8x vs a PCI-E 3.0 8x 8x 8x 8x setup that would be possible with a single LGA2011 CPU. It really is a pity that the multiplier and the BCLK strap ratios are locked on the Xeons, it takes away so much potential.

you see?

thats what im talking about.

with one 2011 i73960 and 4waysli your only getting 8x 8x 8x 8x

but my question is with 2 xeons stock frequencies, is there a bottle neck when using 4way sli?
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you see?
thats what im talking about.
with one 2011 i73960 and 4waysli your only getting 8x 8x 8x 8x
but my question is with 2 xeons stock frequencies, is there a bottle neck when using 4way sli?

But remember, it is 8x PCI-E 3.0 which would be the same as PCI-E 2.0 X16 I believe. So even at 8.0 it should be enough for any high end graphics of this coming generation. But you definitly want a new 3.0 capable graphics card to take advantage of it.
     
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Yeeah. well, the only WQXGA projector (technically there are 6 variations) come from the UK @ projectdesign...and given their uniqueness or shall we say monopolistic priveledges, the skrilla for the base line with lamp and 3 dlp...runs like 40k....so I had to deflate my ambitions for a single instantiation of such sweetness....;however, if you are able to proceed...consider me your new best friend and potential roommate.


O.o I'm going to settle for an affordable WUXGA 1900/1600 b/c i dont see reasonable prices in the forseeable future.

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