Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa;13239094
Knocked a 20" monitor back onto it as I was moving a laptop around on the desk.From your XS thread
So AMD's only option for 3 30" is dual 6990s? Ouch.
If you used no AA, would two 6990s be able to handle 3 30" or would it still need over 2GB/GPU?
Was this with only 1 bridge used? Would both bridges connected still cause a bottleneck for quad-fire?
Can you 4-way 6950s if they're flashed to 6970s? (Do the drivers still see it as a 6950?)
When are the MST Hubs actually coming out?
I was hoping to get 3 6950s and 3 ZR30w but with the whole screen tearing fiasco on single GPU 6000s and Xfire bridge bottleneck, I might have to hold off till Kepler for 3x 30". $100 more per GPU with the 6990 and $550 3GB 580s seem too expensive. Why couldn't AMD just put 3 DP on 69xxs and come out with a new bridge?
What a lot of people do not realize is that in portrait mode, for ultimate image quality you need Vsync with triple buffering. Screen tear is unbearable otherwise. The only option then if you want AMD is the 4x DP 6990. The 6990 only has a single crossfire bridge. Beyond that, I cannot comment on how dual 6990s would work with such a high resolution as I have not tested them and AMDs latest drivers.
The MST hubs are some mythical being that you can never actually view with your own eyes.
Originally Posted by Zero4549;13239144
I'm pretty sure samsung and LG make a few direct back lit LED LCD TVs... not sure if its cought on for the monitor market yet... If not, I cant imagine it taking much time. Price is the biggest factor here... those TVs are stupid expensive.
Yes, there are direct LED back lit TVs. I could not find any
computer monitors though.
I hate either / or solutions. I played Portal 2 on the Acer for a couple of hours last night. Man 120Hz is so awesome. Everything seems so life-like and fluid. 27" is the perfect size for a 1080P 120Hz screen. I thought the pixel pitch would be too large but it is actually quite a nice screen to use.
Now I have not purchased this monitor for 3D. I only value the 120Hz 2D. Just for the heck of it I charged up the included glasses and gave 3D some testing time. The first time I tried 3D was back on my 22" Viewsonic last fall. I found 3D gaming woefully disappointing. Trying 3D with the Acer and with all game settings in games like Metro2033 maxxed to the hilt and still getting 120+FPS on a Quad-SLI system only cemented my previous impression of 3D. I do not like shutter glasses 3D technology at all
. I'd rather be poked with a cattle prod all day than do 3D gaming with those annoying flickering glasses. 2D at 120Hz is far
superior game play in my humble opinion.
Now do not get me wrong, 3x 30" IPS in portrait is an amazingly immersive experience. Six times the resolution of 1080P on a 50" wide display setup is hard to beat. Now my system is ridiculous overkill for a single 1080P 120Hz screen. If I were to build the perfect system around this Acer, it would be a 2500K with Tri-SLI 1.5GB GTX 580s or 3x unlocked 6950s.
Now I keep talking about 120Hz because I love it so. That is why I took the Acer apart, to perform a proof of concept on 3x 27" 120Hz 1080P screens in portrait. I am not sure if it is placebo, but 120Hz seems to be less straining on my eyes. Maybe it is having 3x 30" bright monitors staring at me, or maybe it is the 90-degree rotation of the pixels in portrait that causes more strain. I have noticed everything is designed for a vertical pixel layout vs horizontal. This isn't that noticeable in games but it is in Windows and reading text etc.
Right now I am back to the either / or situation. Have that beautiful 120Hz and mediocre picture quality or have the IPS beautiful colors, black levels, two times the resolution etc but stuck at mediocre 60Hz. One great thing about the Acer being LED back lit is the heat level. This thing is barely warm to the touch. My 3x 30" CCFL back lit setup feels like having a space heater on my desk.
Not sure what direction I am going to go yet as playing games at 120+FPS on a 120Hz screen is very very smooth, fluid and easy on the eyes. I will also test out the Samsung 27" 120Hz offerings before I make a final setup decision.
PS: Sorry for no pics on the Acer disassembly. I went to grab the camera but the battery was dead. Plugged it into the charger but I got so "into" the technical challenge of disassembling the Acer without breaking anything that I forgot about the camera.Edited by CallsignVega - 4/23/11 at 9:59am