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GTX 570 SLI : 5760x1080 VS 2560x1600 VS 2560x1440

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Hi,
I'm facing a dilemma in where to go next regarding displays and would like the educated opinions of those who tried one or more of the options outlined below.

My built:
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Monitor: Samsung 32’ HDTV 1920x1080 @60Hz

Games I'm playing - as a casual : Skyrim, SCII WoL, DIII, WoW MoP (hence, mostly Blizz’s games).

Games I’m looking forward to play : Any “must-play’ AAA titles, and the expansions for the games aforementioned

My Issue : I believe my Samsung HTDV doesn’t do justice to what my rig can deliver in terms of display. I am therefore hesitating between three options in where to go next. Note that I don’t mind spending cash as long as it’s necessary and completely worth it (i.e. it’s useful and I’m getting the best bang for my buck).

Option 1 : Triple monitor setup, 5760x1080 @120Hz

Questions for this option:
A. The million dollar question: is a triple monitor setup really worth the money? Would it be really that awesome for the games aforementioned?
B. Anyone has benchmarks for any games for 570 1.28 G SLIs at 5760 x 1080 ? I haven’t found any benchmarks for 570s in NVidia Surround, for any games.
C. Is 120Hz really worth it over a High rez monitor for the games I play ?

Option 2: A single 30’ 2560x1600 IPS Display
Dell U3011 ?

Questions:
A. Is a 30’ single display at 2560x1600 better than 3x24’ at 5760 x 1200 for gaming?
B. IS a 30’ 2560x1600 worth the money compare to a much cheaper 27’ 2560x1440 ? This question leads me to option 3:

Option 3: A 27’ 2560x1440
And jumping in the bandwagon by getting the cheap but seems great Yamakazi Catleap Q270

Conclusion: I guess the big question comes down to what is better and more fun for gaming: a big single monitor with high-end resolution (30’ 2560x1600), a smaller but cheaper 27’ 2560x 1440, or a triple monitor setup at 120Hz. Or screw all that and just get a single 120Hz monitor ?

And as far as the VRAM is concern, it seems that it’s a bit overrated: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/evga-geforce-gtx-670-4gb.html and in some scenarios doesn't change anything.

Everything is very nebulous to me and no matther how much I read on the matter there doesn't seem to be any consensus regading IPS vs 120Hz / 3xMonitor vs 1600p vs 1440p, etc. Anyone here could compare thoses options and advice based on experience ?

Edit: formatting
Edited by Bragelonne - 12/5/12 at 9:44am
post #2 of 13
570 SLI isnt great for surround, but it works. I played BF3 at medium settings right at the VRAM limit and got 50-60 fps. 70ish with tri sli.

Skyrim i mostly maxed with no AA and got.. err.. 60-70 as well? i dont recall too well... im at work and can post numbers later.

Im also using 120hz monitors and havent hit 120 on most games i play... so you might want to reconsider that.

Regarding a surround setup, it does give more immersion and i wouldnt turn away from it especially for FPS. But you might want to check other peoples insights on the other games you play.

I can give more benchmarks later when i get home from work, give me a list of games you want checked out and ill see if i have em.
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Games I'm playing atm : Skyrim, SCII WoL, DIII, WoW MoP (hence, mostly Blizz’s games).
post #4 of 13
I can bench Skyrim for you and possibly SC II as well. From what i know, and i think i tried once, but SC II doesnt go into surround/eyefinity.

You might be better off with a larger and higher res monitor. But once again... VRAM will be an issue

Ill let you know later
post #5 of 13
i had 3 monitors once and it made me sick, seriously, i would get motion sickness.... i went back to just 1 1080p screen. my step father has a 1600p and it is amazing and i would go that way if you have the cash.
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I personally enjoyed my Nvidia Surround setup - it was fun to play around with, i got rid of it as I was tired of trying to watch movies on a surround setup in my room and switched to a 30" monitor, but there definitely isn't anything else like it.
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Originally Posted by rjmana View Post

I can bench Skyrim for you and possibly SC II as well. From what i know, and i think i tried once, but SC II doesnt go into surround/eyefinity.
You might be better off with a larger and higher res monitor. But once again... VRAM will be an issue
Ill let you know later

Thanks.

If SCII doesn't support Surround, well I guess option 1 is out of the way. Now it will come down to 120Hz vs 1440p vs 1600p, and for the games aforementionned I wouldn't know if a 120Hz is really worth it; I'm not a big FPS palyer, even less in a competitive way.
post #8 of 13
I have a U2711 and that's "enough" for my gaming.

I also have a 22" 1080p next to it, and tho indifferent for gaming, I definitely need and like a secondary monitor for my productivity and casual computing activities.
I do think the surround gaming setups are catering a niche, but I feel limited having a single monitor - regardless of resolution.
In many occasions I would prefer 2x 22-24" 1080p than a single 1440p.

The 1600p for gaming I think is overkill, and offers little over the 1440p for the price difference.
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The VRAM limit for the 570s is somewhat limiting for a surround setup. I have 580 SLI @5760x1920 and the FPS i receive from games differs.
BF3 ~ 40-55 Multiplayer High Settings - 2/4 MSAA
Skyrim (modded) 20-30s This varies due to which mods you have and any FXAA injectors you include.
Planetside 2 - 30-50, I would state this is currently unoptimized rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by Bragelonne View Post

Thanks.
If SCII doesn't support Surround, well I guess option 1 is out of the way. Now it will come down to 120Hz vs 1440p vs 1600p, and for the games aforementionned I wouldn't know if a 120Hz is really worth it; I'm not a big FPS palyer, even less in a competitive way.

I'm sure it doesn't support eyefinity/surround. a quick google search shows that. after all it is a competitive game where seeing a little more of the battlefield can lead to an unfair advantage. That seems to be the consensus for why it isnt supported.

Regarding 120hz, it would be something that would be better for FPS games and i havent heard of a 1440p++ monitor supporting that. i could be wrong.

And again, like what everyone else here has said, once you go over 1080p, the 1.25 vram will start limiting you... but it still does depend on what games you run.

anyway, im home and ill run a few benches. give me some time... ive gotta switch my cards around.
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