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i feel like taking the plunge and order the 690

but it only supports 4 monitor (supposedly) but in reality it seems like it only supports 3, as if the HDMI port is used, another ports gets disabled

AFAIK even if i have 2x 690 in SLI it can only power 2 separate row of 3 monitor each

so that still doesn't provide me the desired effect of using all 6 monitors at once in game for a large 5760 x 2160 display
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nVidia as far as I know will only support 3 screens in gaming. You need Eyefinity6 cards or the Asus DCII cards in order to run 6 monitors in games. The 6xx series can display all 4 at a time, but one functions separately from the rest.
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Originally Posted by AllGamer View Post

i feel like taking the plunge and order the 690
but it only supports 4 monitor (supposedly) but in reality it seems like it only supports 3, as if the HDMI port is used, another ports gets disabled
AFAIK even if i have 2x 690 in SLI it can only power 2 separate row of 3 monitor each
so that still doesn't provide me the desired effect of using all 6 monitors at once in game for a large 5760 x 2160 display

AFAIK, GTX690 can drive up to four monitors. But, three monitors will be grouped together for gaming while the fourth one is an accessory monitor (outside of the group) for displaying other softwares.

For GTX690 SLI, this is also true. But if you disable the quad SLI and have two GTX690s running independently, then you can have two groups of three monitors and two accessory monitors, all acting independently.

However, in addition to using an Eyefinity 6 card, you can still achieve 6 monitors setup with Nvidia cards, including GTX690 and GTX690 SLI. You can use Matrox TripleHead2Go unit. One such unit will convert three monitors into one Single Large Display for tje OS to see. So, if you use two units, then you can have a 3x2 or 6x1 group. There are two versions of a TH2G, one DVI version and one Display Port version. Each unit costs about US$300.

Well before Eyefinity, I have used one to achieve 3x1 for surround gaming. But I do not have six monitors to try the 3x2 configuration (yet).

Product links:
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/displayport/
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/connect_multiple_gxms/#close

Newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815106011

5760 x 2160 (or 5760x2400)
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11520x1080/1200
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hmmm... that's a very interesting concept

i've read about the matrox 3ple heads a few years back, never actually played with one, as the ATI cards pretty much did that build-in

and if I got this route, that's about $600 over head on top of the two 690 (aprox $2200)

basically that's a bit overboard tongue.gif

i'll go for the 690 SLI setiup, definitely not spending $600 extra on an extra converter that might or might not even work.
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Imagine ultra-widescreen gaming in 11520x1080 D: No one could ever sneak up on you again

On topic: Despite owning mostly nvidia cards, I've never been a fan of Nvidia Surround, and always favored the Eyefinity setup.
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Here's how I see it...

Asus GTX690
* About $1000 per card so you're spending about $2000 on the two cards.
* The most you'll get with either one or two cards is 3 monitor surround. You can run more than 3 monitors with them, but if you plan on going with 3D/2D Surround Gaming; it only goes up to 3 displays.
* The 690s are 4GB cards, but they're dual core cards so each core gets 2GB each and even a 3 display setup will already push the 2GB of VRAM to its limits when you game.
* Power consumption will be through the roof with two of them beasts running in one rig and let's not forget that you still need to cool them.

Asus 7970 DCu II
* $499 per card and you can run up to six monitors on a single card. I'd say you'd need at least two in order to run six displays smoothly while gaming, but that still makes it just about 1/2 the cost of getting the two 690s.
* These are 3GB cards and you'll need the extra VRAM if you plan on doing six displays. Six 1920x1080 screens arranged in a 3x2 landscape array will add up to 5760x2160; that is a crap load of pixels to load per screen refresh.
* Power consumption would be much less with two of these and they'd be much easier to cool than the 690s.

And then there is the little thing about two 680s being crammed into a single PCB and that PCB only having so much available space for the power phases... There's a reason two regular 580s stomped a 590.... The single core versions tend to have better power delivery, or at least the same power delivery, but it is not being split in halves to feed two cores instead of one.

Just my 0.20C
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the only reason i'm contemplating a SLI 690 setup is simply because the same old story with AMD/ATI poor drivers

they always have top of the line technology, but the drivers always like 6 month behind

it's pointless to have the top of the line card, when you can't even use it properly until 6 month later... sigh... redface.gif

that's exactly my dilemma right now.

currently got 2x 7970 in Crossfire, they run OK, but not as well as it should, and with a lot of trouble to get them working right

nVidia has always had better driver support than ATI, i did hear about the recent issues with the 680 but those got sorted out relatively quickly compared to ATI
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For those who wish to try the Matrox TripleHead2Go, below are two demonstrations, using a single GTX280 to drive six 1680x1050 monitors. This was done back in Dec 2009 and Feb 2010. This technology is even more mature/refined now due to newer GXM software improvements.

(for FPS, the crosshair is right in the middle, as expected redface.gif )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VIzHtsAlfQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lppSDVi94Dc
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hmm... very interesting, it seems to actually works even with just 1 card and 2 of those matrox 3ple heads,

now I'm getting tempted biggrin.gif

then that will simply be 2 DVI out, one to each matrox box, then from there each box splits to 3 monitors

i guess it's time to put up some ads to offload my 2x 7970 to get the new setup thumb.gif
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hmm... very interesting, it seems to actually works even with just 1 card and 2 of those matrox 3ple heads,
now I'm getting tempted biggrin.gif
then that will simply be 2 DVI out, one to each matrox box, then from there each box splits to 3 monitors
i guess it's time to put up some ads to offload my 2x 7970 to get the new setup thumb.gif

As the GTX690 is so newly released, there is a chance that Matrox software has not been updated for it yet. In fact, I just check the GXM Compatibility List and it only lists up to GeForce 500 series only. But this webpage might not be updated as well.

So, I suggest you to email Matrox technical/customer support and ask them to confirm if the Digital TH2Go and GXM software are already updated to support GTX690. Frankly, I would not be too surprised if they say 'not yet'.
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