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hey guys,

this is more of a question for future reference than anything else. i have three ENGTX 470s that i will run in tri SLI once i upgrade, and i was wondering if i would be able to run a 6 monitor panel (2 high and 3 wide) all as one giant screen. would the FPS be high enough to just do video streaming? (i plan on gaming on just the bottom three and i know i have enough power for that) and the final part of my question. would i be able to use the monitors as 3 separate desktops (each using 2 monitors) wile working?
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wouldnt the monitor borders suck? maybe 3 projectors would be better or wait for somebody to invent borderless monitors imo..

and to answer your Q.. i dont have a damn clue :/
post #3 of 34
yes you would be able to run 6 screens off 3x 470s...

but not for gaming...

unless the game supports multiple 3d devices... (some flight sims)

as of the 3 different desktops...

i know how 2 do it in linux... but not in windows
post #4 of 34
Nvidia currently does not allow Surround past monitors unforunately. You can certainly run 2 monitors off each card, but SLI cannot be enabled. Unfortunately, this is something that AMD cards have over Nvidia.

If I were you, I would try to open a support ticket with Nvidia's driver team. The more people that pool in demanding more useful features from their development team, the more likely we can hope to see it implemented in the next 1-2 years.
     
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so in other words, i can use them separate, but not as one massive screen? and if nvidia doesn't support it, then how does the 3D gaming work? in the videos they use 3 monitors
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so in other words, i can use them separate, but not as one massive screen?
Correct, you cannot do one massive screen. Nvidia Surround only supports 3 displays currently. They may support more in the future, but there's no confirmed word yet.

If you use them separately, you can always arrange them to whatever orientation you like. However, when it comes time to enable SLI and Surround for gaming, only 3 of your monitors will work. The other three will power down to the idle state.

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and if nvidia doesn't support it, then how does the 3D gaming work? in the videos they use 3 monitors
Do you mean 3D gaming as in 3D Vision? If so, it requires you have monitor capable of 120Hz refresh rate.

If you mean 3D Vision Surround, then you would need three monitors capable of 120Hz refresh rate.

There is also Surround 2D, which only requires you to have three matching monitors (preferably) that have the same resolution, refresh rate, and polarity.
     
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ok... that makes a lot more sense now... and ill definately open a support ticket
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post #8 of 34
oh really? i thought if u just run the cards separately and connect 2 monitors to each, you should have a 6 screens set up. sounds logical. you should ask the driver support team to make sure.
as for gaming in SLI, 3 screens is max.
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Only a few Linux flight sims will support it; you need EyeFinity for that.
 
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that is severely disappointing... and the max with eye infinity is 5... right?
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