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I've been wanting to go to a surround setup for a while now, and with my currently dying monitor I figure now's as good a time as any to start shopping. How do these two setups compare? Please list as many points about the two setups that you guys can think of, keeping in mind that I've never done a long term multi-monitor setup. Which one is easier to run with my two 680s (until next gen AMD launches)? Which will be better for gaming, especially first person shooters? These are the kinds of things I'm trying to learn.


7680 x 1440 overclockable IPS
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Here are my inputs:

7680 x 1440 overclockable IPS:
-Ultra-high resolution is a good plus.
-IPS panel means excellent picture quality and viewing angles
-Overall this will give the best picture quality (IPS Screen, Ultra Resolution)

5760 x 1080 120Hz LB with AA:
-120Hz is definitely a big step up from 60Hz
-Lower resolution will allow for higher FPS
-AA is another big + when gaming.
-Overall this will give the best video quality (more fps, 120Hz)

My personal opinion for FPS games is to get the 2nd option which is 5760x1080 120Hz since this will allow for 3D gaming if you ever decide to try and is a whole 'nother gaming experience from standard 2D. The 7680 x 1440 will eat up your 2x680's and you might get around 50fps or lower depending on graphics and IMHO you won't notice the higher resolutions as much with FPS games between 7680 x 1440 and 5760 x 1080. If you are not going 3D, the 120Hz will make everything a WHOLE lot smoother than 60Hz and it really is a better experience overall.

Bottom line: I'd take the higher FPS on a 120Hz screen with less resolution than the lower FPS on a higher resolution and 60Hz screen given your choices.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
Edited by BeastRider - 8/16/13 at 1:19am
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I agree with Beast on that one since the dual 680's will be pushed if you want to do 3D gaming and the 1440 is quite intensive so you would get lower fps...no one like frame lag :/ either way the setup will be pretty BA though
 
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I personally don't like Surround all that much for Gaming, but I absolutely cannot stand it done with TN panels as both side displays look so bad compared to the center. With IPS/PLS you get consistently across all three screens.

Regarding GPU power, though... What I have found to be my favorite multiple monitor setup outside of5-way portrait is hhaving a single 1440p or 1600p in the center in landscape, and then a total of two, one per side, 1440x768 or 1600x1200 in portrait. It gives you the boost in peripheral vision with far less GPU drain, and for non gaming the side monitors are perfect for productivity! Cheap, too!
   
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Huh, never considered that setup nleksan. I'll look into it.

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Originally Posted by nleksan View Post

I personally don't like Surround all that much for Gaming, but I absolutely cannot stand it done with TN panels as both side displays look so bad compared to the center. With IPS/PLS you get consistently across all three screens.
Each to their own. Some people cannot stand motion blur. For me, the color shift is the lesser of evils, compared to motion blur. You do need to stay in your sweeet spot if you plan to do surround 120Hz gaming, there's not much leaning room like you can do with IPS monitors.

During ideal situation of framerate=Hz, the comparision is as follows:

60Hz IPS -- baseline
120Hz overclock PLS -- about 40% less motion blur (1.7x clearer motion)
120Hz TN -- 50% less motion blur (2x clearer motion)
144Hz TN -- 60% less motion blur (2.4x clearerr motion)
120Hz LightBoost -- 85 to 92% less motion blur (7x to 12x clearer motion)

The dramatic motion clarity of LightBoost has made several people such as l88tbastard and CallSignVega to go to triple surround 120Hz. Also, 120Hz works best when you can sustain triple-digit framerates, so you will want to upgrade to a dual 780 SLI in order to get such framerates in recent games. You will also want to adjust your AA to use FXAA because LightBoost looks vastly better with 120fps locked (e.g. Adaptive VSYNC or VSYNC ON), you don't want to turn heavy AA on and see your framerate unlock itself away from 120fps. (fast pans such as http://www.testufo.com/#test=photo viewed in Chrome browser, looks as clear in high speed, as when stationary).
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