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Desdemona Neptune
Posted - 2009.02.12 15:02:00 - [1]
 

Hello mates -- wondering if anyone has misc suggestions about getting best performance running two displays, with a seperate clients showing on each?

I'm running a pc with Vista, IntelCore CPU(2) 6420 @ 2.13 Ghz, 2 gig ram, my video card is Nvidia 7600 GT.

I've tried it but soon the graphics rendering of the client begins to fall apart. As you can tell I know very very little about this kind of thing, forgive me :) thanks in advance...

Shereza
Posted - 2009.02.12 16:06:00 - [2]
 

There's two big things you can do.

#1 Get a better video card. I run an x1650 Radeon card and I rarely crack 10 FPS on a dual client dual output setup with an Athlon 2600+ CPU and 2gb of RAM.

#2 Better yet, if your motherboard supports it get two video cards. Without having the hardware to test it I suspect that two decent cards would be better for your needs than one totally awesome card.

Well, there's a third thing you could do but it only really applies if you're running Vista, and that's add more RAM. Probably 3-4gb if you're using Vista. I've heard that Vista's memory management is supposed to make up for the fact that it "requires" a larger base chunk than XP but considering this is Microsoft we're talking about and they thought that releasing Vista was a good idea in the first place I'm skeptical.

Mei Chan
Posted - 2009.02.12 16:57:00 - [3]
 

that's actually quite a misconception. TWO is not always better than one, especially with video cards.

You are better off going for like a GTX260, or even better a GTX285 (if you can afford it), than two lesser cards. You will NOT double your fps with two cards.

I can run two monitors and two clients at 1900x1200 but I have a OC'd 8800GTS, Core2 [email protected] and 4GB of ram. YMMV.

Elysarian
Minmatar
Elysarian Corp
Posted - 2009.02.12 18:40:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Mei Chan
that's actually quite a misconception. TWO is not always better than one, especially with video cards.

You are better off going for like a GTX260, or even better a GTX285 (if you can afford it), than two lesser cards. You will NOT double your fps with two cards.

I can run two monitors and two clients at 1900x1200 but I have a OC'd 8800GTS, Core2 [email protected] and 4GB of ram. YMMV.


Not necessarily on a cost basis:

Running two gfx cards (not SLI or Xfire) will allow you to have two fully accelerated displays as long as your drivers support extending the desktop - a friend of mine back in 1998 had a pair of Matrox cards running under Win98 to drive two monitors as he needed the desktop space (he's a 3d animator).

Shereza
Posted - 2009.02.12 19:35:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Shereza on 12/02/2009 19:35:03
Originally by: Mei Chan
You are better off going for like a GTX260, or even better a GTX285 (if you can afford it), than two lesser cards. You will NOT double your fps with two cards.


I didn't say a thing about doubling your FPS.

It's simply my belief that 2 cards will yield better performance in a multi-monitor multi-client environment than a single card will even if the single card is superior to the two cards. Two cards pumping out 25 fps/monitor is better than one card pumping out 15 on one and 10 on another even if the two cards only pump out 30 FPS on a single monitor versus 50 with the single card.

Mind you this experience is based primarily on having the combined FPS output of my video card in that configuration being less than 50% of the output of a single client on a single monitor.

Then again that's also me thinking logically and we all know how well logic works in video games, and real life.

Maldurleon
Posted - 2009.02.13 00:17:00 - [6]
 

Hi guys, I am using two monitors on a single GFX card and only the one client. I just want to be able to browse and chat on my instant messaging without alt+tabbing every few seconds. So I hooked it all up and was happy for about 2 seconds because as soon as I click on the second monitor EVE minimises automatically. So I run it in Windowed mode because it always launches on the wrong monitor when in Full screen mode and that causes this stupid error where my mouse pointer gets stuck. it happens when I accidentally drag my pointer off the windowed eve client while shuffling around my UI that has a mind of its own and scrambles its self up all the time.

This is quite annoying.

Shereza
Posted - 2009.02.13 02:21:00 - [7]
 

My suggestion would be to reinstall your client. Delete everything but the settings folder if you have it in the install folder and then reinstall. That might fix things up a bit.

Along the way if you aren't using them already programs like EVE Launcher and EVE-Mon can help you run window'd clients in a little prettier fashion. While EVE Launcher's getting out of date it works fine and handles multiple (two) clients and monitors simultaneously while EVE-Mon'll only work with one.

Maldurleon
Posted - 2009.02.13 06:22:00 - [8]
 

I don't get how that would help as my settings are all default.


 

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