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Hello all, this is my first post on this site so please be considerate of that.
I have been toying with the idea of entering the triple monitor arena for gaming, and currently my eye is on using AMD Eyefinity.

So I guess first off, does anyone have an opinion on eyefinity or other options?

But my main questions for this forum are what to look for with triple screens.
  1. Its best to keep the monitors identical correct?
  2. Whats the best size for the monitors?
  3. Resolution?
  4. Response time?
  5. What else should I consider?

Also whats a good price range to expect per monitor?
What are your favorite monitors / what are the ones you use?
Also, any video card recommendations?

Of course, one need not answer ALL my questions.
ANY helpful input would be great.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.
Edited by descoladan - 5/22/13 at 7:56am
post #2 of 7
I would personally recommend finding somewhere to test it out before taking the dive.

I bought three monitors just for productivity and the space but also happened to give surround (nvidia) a go too. A part from playing with a lot of settings to get it to work and then adjusting it to make it look nice, I found that I didn't like it at all.

It's pretty demanding and only really used for your peripheral vision. If I knew what it was going to be like, I definitely wouldn't have even bothered going through the hassle of setting it all up.

I do however recommend three monitors for general use. I couldn't imagine going back to 1 now.

Of course though, this is just my opinion and my experience, wait for a few others to chime in and they might say the exact opposite.
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Would it be too difficult to have it setup, then being able to switch from that to a normal triple montior setup?
I.e. having eyefinity off while doing normal day to day things, while keeping the triple monitor setup for the productivity, but then turning it on for gaming?
Is that even a possibility?
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Yeah, you can turn it off but it isn't as seamless as you might think. At least when I used it that is.

I'm by no means trying to put you off, but I don't want you to be disappointed and have expected more from it. I recently saw another member raise some good points that should also be considered.
Quote:

Fish eye

In some cases it is literally like you are in a box, the center screen is normal but the two side screens are like 45 degree angles from the intended POV(point of view(lets ). Now, don't get me wrong, some games you can adjust FOV(field of view), however in many it is locked or only adjustable enough to where the effect is diminished and not removed.

That menu is where?

Now, lets say you play a game like WoW, and you are used to having your menus somewhat centrally located. Now picture half your menus two feet to the left, and the other half two feet to the right. Granted in some games you can fix this with addons, but that seems to be the exception not the rule.

Performance Decrease

Pushing that many pixels with those 2 cards you will have to lower settings from just 1 card and one monitor @ 1080p. So essentially you get an expensive downgrade as far as graphics goes. And games that stress the memory bus will bring your FPS to a screeching halt.

Surround stinks

This is the straw in the camels back for me. Lets pretend that you have three monitors and they all work great. Lets pretend that you want to run a game in fullscreen on only one monitor, as windowed mode gives you lots of tearing and runt frames. So you open up Nvidia control panel and enable SLI. So now you must disable a few, or a lot, of active programs so you can enable SLI, even have to close out of your browser. Congrats, you can now only use 2 monitors, but hey that third one looks great in stand by.

Let's say that you get sick of only using two monitors so you enable Surround mode, closing everything all over again before you can actually switch. Now you fire up your game that you would get about 70 fps in at 1920x1080, but now you are running 5960x1080, because you got to have that bezel correction or it looks goofy. Then you look at your framerate and it is now in the gutter and 20 fps looks amazing. So after your drop settings to as low as is acceptable you are now faced with all the quirks listed above. You decide you will try to just run 1920x1080p in surround mode. More congrats as you now have 2 monitors in standby.

And hey lets not forget, to use all three of your monitors not in surround mode you get to close out of all those programs (the most annoying for me is mouse programs as I switch mouse profiles a lot).

My Opinion

If you are doing this upgrade for gaming go with either 1440p or 120hz. The only reason I went with 3 monitors was for coding and school. If i was into gaming as much as I used to be I would have personally gone for 120hz.

This is a long post

TL;DR too many issues with surround and performance at 5760x1080p for it to be a viable gaming solution.

Edited by Crooksy - 5/22/13 at 7:38am
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On eyefinity you just use windows key + P. Then you choose duplicate or extended . Thats easy

Also if a game dont support FOV there is a little program (flawless widescreen) that helps you with eyefinity and surround.
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So I guess first off, does anyone have an opinion on eyefinity or other options?

Ok first of all dont go with nvidia surround, the reason why is that it is a hassle to set up and disabling surround requires 10-15 steps and to turn it on 10-15 steps which takes about 30-60 seconds to do! AMD on the other hand has a hot key feature that lets you disable eyefinity and enable it with a touch of a mouse Click. Very simple.
Also nvidia limits you on surround by only being able to use 3 monitors and a "Slave" monitor.
AMD on the other hand lets you use Unlimited "Infinite" amount of monitors basically. (Ive seen youtube videos of 12 Monitors on eyefinity)
Another Major Con of nvidia surround is that it has horriable support for surround in windows 8 that it is unusable (not unusable but very annoying) that is why i Quit with nvidia surround for now.

Also when looking for a card look for one with atleast 3 Gb or Vram for 1920*1080*3= 5760X1080
Dont know what you mean by LED vs LCD? I think you have some misinformation about the two.
ALSO since you are Using Eyefinity MAKE SURE!! that the monitor has IPS so that you can see it in the different viewing angles.
Also buy a monitor with thin Bezels and i dont recommend Glossy, its to distracting.

Hope you can use this info on your Future Decisions.
Edited by mastercommander - 5/22/13 at 7:56am
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post #7 of 7
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Okay well I'm not centered on the eyefinity part, but I still would like to know what monitors are best for triple screen.
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