Originally Posted by Uraniumz
I'd be interested in your results. I read the "how to" about a week ago but myself nor my friends have a 8800gt laying around. I might buy one and try it out if I get fed up without my lightboosted goodness being gone. Its just such a dramatic change going to triplewidescreen 120hz lightboost. It was very dissapointing going back to three separate screens just to have it work. I really wasn't interested in playing anymore lol, just because I felt I had been handicapped. Its a stupid reason, but the difference was just that dramatic. And fyi I have seen that movie, it was excellent.
Well, today I have decided to pull the pin on 2d Surround. For the time being anyway. Technology just isnt good enough yet..
The 8800gt arrived and I installed it. Got the old PC up and running and started having problems. XP was needing this done for the drivers to be installed. It wanted that done for Powerstrip to be installed. And then there was this, and then that.. .. And then I got to thinking.. If I cant play current a near future games at a solid 120Hz for Lightboost, whats the point of doing the mod?!?. Lightboost and 2d surround worked excellent for BF3 but times moving on and BF4 for one needs more power and so will other games too.
So I ran some tests. First was 2d surround. (remember no lightboost) For BF4 on the campaign, with Ultra settings and everything maxed in the nvidia CP the most I could get was around 50-60 steady frames. It looked really choppy and for a FPS shooter was basically not playable for me.. In order for me to have this particular game running at 120Hz was to set everything to "crap" setting. (low) and lowest settings in the nvidia CP. Even then there would be dips from 120 down to 100 and back up.. And often enough to be a little annoying if Lightboost was indeed running. .. I then ran BF4 in the campaign on Ultra and nvidia CP maxed but on just a single monitor and with the three 680's now SLIed. AND with lightboost on, something that couldn't be done on the span display..
Now can I say ****. People!.. When you have a game FULLY locked at 120Hz.. And I mean locked that it never moves.. Lightboost is like looking at pure CRT.. I can honestly say I've never used lightboost properly the way it should be until this test day.. When I first tried a single monitor Lightboost test ages ago when lightboost worked in surround as well, I only had two 680's. I then got another 680 for surround and just sat on that 24/7.. I never tried single monitor in tri SLI.. This is a game changer.. I played through the same level in BF4 on the single monitor and lightboost and then back to back played the same level but in triple span display.. The game play didn't even match up. I wouldn't even rate then in the same group. The peripheral view of 2d surround (which is frankly the whole reason you want it) is totally negated by the drastic lowering of eye candy and the constant dips from 120.. To run a good game on high or ultra settings while using 2d surround needs more VRAM than a single monitor (duh I know). And from what I've experienced in games like BF3, BF4, Crysis, Drift 3 that they all used more than 3 gig of vram when you canked the eye candy settings.. Now to me that means the only cards on the market today are the Titan 6Gb and the 680 4Gb..
So I'm now about to sell my two VG278HEs and sit on this single VG278H and use lightboost for a few months with a solid 120Hz locked, until the Asus 1440p is released and get one of those. Cant wait for a 27" with 1440p and a gamer.. Its what the 27" niche is missing..