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hey guys im new to nvidia surround and i was wondering is there anyway to cheaply improve my system via overclocking or anything else so that i can maximise its performance for nvidia surround for games like bad company 2 and soon to be BF3 as sometime i can play bc2 on medium to high settings and sometimes i cant and its starting to bug me if oc'in is a soloution could you please provide a guide to follow for dummys like me tongue.gif

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Check out the other Surround gaming thread you posted in, I've replied to your post.
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hey guys im new to nvidia surround and i was wondering is there anyway to cheaply improve my system via overclocking or anything else so that i can maximise its performance for nvidia surround for games like bad company 2 and soon to be BF3 as sometime i can play bc2 on medium to high settings and sometimes i cant and its starting to bug me if oc'in is a soloution could you please provide a guide to follow for dummys like me

thanks
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has known issues with triple-wide setups that are not present in Vietnam. If you're getting frequent crashes, it's the game and not Surround.

Beyond that, in a general sense, I would suggest overclocking those 470s (use something like MSI Afterburner, even if they're not MSI cards) but mine get so hot when I do overclock them that I'd not really recommend it; especially since you will run face-first into that 1.25GB VRAM wall when you start turning details up.

Follow one of the first-gen Core i7 overclocking threads to get your CPU speeds up a bit - I saw a bit of a framerate bump going from 2.66GHz (i7 920 stock) to 3.8GHz, but nothing big enough to get seriously excited about - Surround just gives the GPUs so many pixels to push that the CPU acting as a bottleneck on performance is minimised in all except older games.

Other than that, I'd set the resolution to where you want it (Surround) and details to minimum, and watch the framerate and VRAM carefully with something like the FPS OSD offered by MSI Afterburner. Start turning settings up, and watch to see when VRAM usage starts getting into the 1150MB region; it's after that you'll probably notice framerate dropping like a rock as the card starts swapping texture memory first to system RAM, then when that's full, to the HDD. Which is really, really painful - 1fps painful.

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Check out the other Surround gaming thread you posted in, I've replied to your post.
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hi all

I'm using 2x a GTX480 for nvidia 2D surround gaming.
But I have some problems, these problems are concerning my keyboard and headset.

When I'm going to play a game with nvidia surround enabled, my Logitech G19 keyboards stops working, my keys are not reacting.
I tried different games, but all games have the same problem.

Then about my headset, when I'm playing a game my headset makes distorting noises.
When I'm watching a movie or listening music my headset works correctly
i hope some one can help give me some answer

I think it has something to do with the usb ports, I think surround is messing up my USB ports.
I spend a lot of money for my setup and then you get problems, this makes me cry

I hope some one can solve my problem.


thx
What is your setup?

And asking USB to cope with audio actually makes it do a lot of work - if you've got keyboard, mouse, USB headphones (and other sundry USB devices) all on the same 'hub' then they'll fight for I/O time and bandwidth, which would match with what you're seeing - in a high-stress situation (gaming) they get flaky.

Try to put keyboard/mouse/headphones on seperate hubs (you're usually looking at mobo integrated USB boards to be grouped into pairs on hubs) you can look to see when they're on seperate hubs by opening device manager and setting it (under View) to "View Devices by Connection" - then open the tree until you see lots of "USB Enhanced Controllers" (or similar).

There are a few threads around on net with others that share this issue. Seems to be peculiar to the Surround+USB audio+G19 scenario.

nVidia Forums

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Thread on eVGA forums

Curious - looking into this suggests that the issues I had with that KVMP switch a few months ago might not have been purely the KVMP, but related to the fact that suddenly the system was having to cope with the mouse and keyboard being run through the same port/hub on the mobo. Seems to be an issue with the Logitech keyboards with screens in them. Even so, the KVMP had the issues with all the systems I tested it with, so it obviously wasn't compatible with the G15 like they said it was.
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Finally took the dive into triple monitor setup, 3 of the new dell u2412m. Don't have a spyder3 elite so the color is a bit off.....

Starcraft 2 with 2 screen black out is a bit disappointing though
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Finally took the dive into triple monitor setup, 3 of the new dell u2412m. Don't have a spyder3 elite so the color is a bit off.....

Starcraft 2 with 2 screen black out is a bit disappointing though
Your setup looks great.
 
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Finally took the dive into triple monitor setup, 3 of the new dell u2412m. Don't have a spyder3 elite so the color is a bit off.....

Starcraft 2 with 2 screen black out is a bit disappointing though
Is that Lego Technic I see down in the bottom right hand corner? 8)

As for Starcraft 2, blame Blizzard for thinking Surround/EyeFinity is cheating. Widescreen gamers went through exactly the same persecution when widescreen monitors first came out.
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Is that Lego Technic I see down in the bottom right hand corner? 8)

As for Starcraft 2, blame Blizzard for thinking Surround/EyeFinity is cheating. Widescreen gamers went through exactly the same persecution when widescreen monitors first came out.
I do think it's "cheating" for a game like SC2 since you'd see triple what someone sees, which is important for RTS, but not for FPS or driving, because there it really doesn't benefit, only more enjoyment.


Does SC2 support 3x 16:9 in portrait? Aspect ratio would be 16:9.48, just between 16:9 and 16:10. Or does it just lack custom resolution support?
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I do think it's "cheating" for a game like SC2 since you'd see triple what someone sees, which is important for RTS, but not for FPS or driving, because there it really doesn't benefit, only more enjoyment.


Does SC2 support 3x 16:9 in portrait? Aspect ratio would be 16:9.48, just between 16:9 and 16:10. Or does it just lack custom resolution support?
Yea lol its an old school lego technic that i got it about 18 years ago....... Yea tried sc2 with potrait mode though its a bit less than native res so its a bit blurry and cant really play well since my unit can get hidden woth inside the bezel....
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I do think it's "cheating" for a game like SC2 since you'd see triple what someone sees, which is important for RTS, but not for FPS or driving, because there it really doesn't benefit, only more enjoyment.

Does SC2 support 3x 16:9 in portrait? Aspect ratio would be 16:9.48, just between 16:9 and 16:10. Or does it just lack custom resolution support?
Dunno about portrait mode. And if implemented correctly, it's not cheating, because the fog of war is still present and the HUD would be on the centre screen. To each their own, though; I've given up arguing about it (as long as I can do Surround in sim games and FPSs) as the flow of technology will probably prove me right in the end.

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Yea lol its an old school lego technic that i got it about 18 years ago....... Yea tried sc2 with potrait mode though its only up to 3000 something x1920 so its a bit blurry and cant really play well since my unit can get hidden woth inside the bezel....
Don't use a bezel corrected resolution, and they won't get hidden.
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Dunno about portrait mode. And if implemented correctly, it's not cheating, because the fog of war is still present and the HUD would be on the centre screen. To each their own, though; I've given up arguing about it (as long as I can do Surround in sim games and FPSs) as the flow of technology will probably prove me right in the end.
Oh right, Fog of war. Obviously I don't play a lot of RTS.

Personally, if It'd work but only with fog of war on the side monitors, I'd disable it because it's easier to control the mouse movement on a single screen. But each to their own.
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