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Choosing a gaming monitor to create eyefinity setup

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Hello everyone, my first post here.
I have recently decided to go eyefinity because i love my racing sims. I would like to keep the 2 monitors i currently own and buy a new one and do a 3 monitor eyefinity setup. I have some questions though....

Is eyefinity possible with 3 monitors with different timings?
1x 1920x1200 26" @ 60hz
1x 1920x1080 24" @ 60hz
1x 27" 1920x1080 @120hz

Here is the story,
I recently built a racing simulator rig and i am trying to choose the better option for a triple monitor setup for it without breaking the bank.

Right now, i have a Samsung T260 @ 60hz which is a 16:10 monitor with quite a bit of input lag and a 5ms response time. It was fine for gaming for the last 3-4 years and the picture quality after calibration wasn't bad either.

I also got a 23" Samsung P2370 which i am planning to use in this eyefinity setup also, it runs at 1920x1080 @ 60hz.

My PC is an i7 950 with an ATi 6950 2GB ( an upgrade is also possible if needed but i think i will be ok)

I was more interested in going for a 27" 120hz monitor for my racing rig, for obvious reasons.
Another option is to get a nice IPS panel monitor with the lowest possible input lag numbers and a low response time.
So here are my options considering i don't give a ***** about 3D and i am actually focusing on speed.

1) Get a 24" Benq 2420T 120hz - This way i can use this one for my center screen, my old 26" and the 23" i got for the other 2 monitors. The problem here is that the old 2 monitors are only 60hz, which brings us to my next question, i know you can mix different resolution monitors in an eyefinity setup, but can you also mix different timings? (such as 120hz and 60hz)

2) Get a 27" Asus VG278HE which is 120hz or 144hz - The same as #1
3) Get a 27" Dell U2713HM which is 1440p and 60hz - Same as above but they will all be 60hz so i dont think there will be a problem.
4) Get 3x 24" Benq 2420T ... this is the most expensive option but surely will be nice having 120hz while racing.

If the idea of having a 120hz monitor fails because its not possible to combine it with the 60hz monitors there is also another question , is it possible to have a 1440p monitor in eyefinity with 1080p monitors?

So, what do you guys think, please let me know in your comments. Any recommendations / advice are welcome.

p.s. The samsung 120hz monitors are not available where i live for some reason.
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Shameless bump because i am going to spend lots of money and i don't want them to go to waste. smile.gif
post #3 of 4
afaik for eyefinity gaming you need same resolution and refresh rates. but check with eyefinity users. so if its as i said then going for 120 hz is a waste.

also i have no idea how the HD 6950 will perform with your racing sims in eyefinity. find out about that too.
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post #4 of 4
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Here is an update.

I finally bought the Asus VG278HE which is 144hz @ 1080p

I want to match it with my old 27" screen which is 60hz @ 1080p and....
my other old 24" which is 60hz @ 1080p also.

I am connecting my 144hz monitor on the 1st dvi connector of the gfx card using a dual link dvi cable
I am connecting the 27" on the displayport output of the graphics card using an active adapter
I am connecting the 24" monitor to the 2nd (bottom) dvi connector of my gfx card.

I can enable ATi eyefinity just fine.
The problem is, as expected, all 3 monitors run at 60hz.

I have tried the instructions given in this thread : http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1602727 ( about in the middle of the page) and i could not get powerstrip to launch AFTER setting up eyefinity.
I guess it does not work as he described it anymore, keep in mind that post is like 2 years old.

Any thoughts on getting the middle monitor to run at 144hz while the other 2 stay at 60?

Any help much appreciated.
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