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hmm.. they better add it if not....false advertising!!

I was so close to buying a forth monitor, it isn't even funny redface.gif
But they obviously want to make it work! So we'll see smile.gif
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Im just hoping the make it so i can game at 1080 sli enabled and still have the other monitors on. I only use surround for 2 games and its a hassle to messing up my desktop everytime i want to switch to a single screen game....

but... maybe 2x680s and a 4th monitor will be in my future if they get that ironed out!! and a bigger desk of course smile.gif
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Has anyone else experienced paging issues while gaming. In Starcraft 2 I sometimes get a paging file error, where other times all 3 of my screens will go black and i'm forced to restart. I still have audio though, so the computer hasnt crashed, there is just no way for me to get my display back without a restart. This also happens to me in crysis sometimes but not as often. I'm only using 8gbs of ram so maybe thats the issue. Ive tried setting my paging file from off all the way up to 16gbs. It seems better when its higher but still doesn't solve the issue for me. I don't think its a over heating issue either because my gpus don't go above 85C, which is hot for a normal card but not that out of the ordinary for gtx480s.
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It is a VRAM issue not a system ram issue. I only run with 4GB of system ram and have no issues for example.

The game pulls from the pagefile when the VRAM limit is hit in order to prevent dips in fps.


Try disabling Windows Aero prior to launching a game.

You may also try increasing your pagefile size.

If that does not work I would try reducing some settings, most notably AA. I would also look in to converting as many games as you can to FXAA because I have had favorable results over the game settings.
   
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It is a VRAM issue not a system ram issue. I only run with 4GB of system ram and have no issues for example.
The game pulls from the pagefile when the VRAM limit is hit in order to prevent dips in fps.
Try disabling Windows Aero prior to launching a game.
You may also try increasing your pagefile size.
If that does not work I would try reducing some settings, most notably AA. I would also look in to converting as many games as you can to FXAA because I have had favorable results over the game settings.

Thanks for the tips, I'll try some of your suggestions. I find it strange that it doesnt happen often in bf3 though. I would think if it was a vram issue it would occur most in that game. Prehaps it is vram but the driver support for bf3 is much greater than sc2 or crysis 2 so its being used more efficiently? Not sure, I'll see if I can find a solution.
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Due to the modern implementation of what nVidia used to call TurboCache (a way of using system RAM as VRAM so they could market GeForce 6 cards with 16MB of VRAM as if they had 1GB) their cards appear to cache to the system RAM before hitting up the pagefile. At least that's what I've observed... with 6GB of VRAM, if I have Surround settings which max my cards out, they swap to sysRAM; if they fill that (which they do) they hit up the pagefile. With 12GB of RAM, the only two games I've seen push sysRAM usage up to crazy levels are Crysis and Metro 2033... that was back with the 460s, though - not tried it with the 680.

I don't know why, but caching VRAM contents to sysRAM isn't exactly efficient. There's a huge overhead, some of which can be written off to the fact that with SLI, the contents of VRAM are mirrored, and thus I presume that the cards can't reference the same sysRAM addresses at the same time, despite needing identical data (if it's texture memory, as they don't cache the framebuffer) and then the driver needs some extra space reserved for figuring out what is where.

...

Anyway, the point of this information is a fairly simple... test your RAM out. It may be possible one of the sticks has an problem, and that Starcraft is the only thing writing to that address. BF3 utilises VRAM very well from all reports. DICE appear to have done an excellent job with the new Frostbite engine; if you have the VRAM, it'll use it... if not, it won't be greedy. wink.gif
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Did the new patch for The Witcher 2 break surround redface.gif
I set to 5906x1080 but it plays at 1920x1080 mad.gif
I know it isn't my drivers, because it was working before the patch!
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Not tried Witcher 2 since EE came out. I'm going to install it at some point today to test, now you've said that.
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That would be cool thumb.gif
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I can confirm that with the Enhanced Edition, The Witcher 2 does not work in Surround.

I wonder whether it's working in EyeFinity? That was what it failed to work with before - worked perfectly in Surround, didn't work in EyeFinity.

I may or may not bother to contact CD Projekt about this issue, given that it was working pre-Enhanced Edition.

What I get is pillarboxing - fullscreen centre screen; about 3" on each side monitor with picture and nothing on the rest. Pity. frown.gif I've been playing BFBC2 a lot again - the last patch makes Surround work without issues and it runs very, very well at max on a 680 @ 5760x1200.
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