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JAG Solex
GunStars
Posted - 2010.03.31 01:02:00 - [1]
 

I'm looking to go with a three monitor setup for games (EVE) and productivity apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, et al)

I've talked to a few so called experts, and each one of them has come up with a different solution, so I thought I would go to the EVE community and see what they are doing... there must be a lot of you out there doing this...

Expert 1: Buy the ATI Eyefinity card and 3 display port? monitors.
Expert 2: Buy 2 decent graphics cards in a SLI setup and 3 monitors
Expert 3: Use existing graphics card (8800 GT) with the Matrox triplehead2go and 3 monitors.

I would like to hear from people who have experience with either of the solutions above, or an entirely different solution. Bottom line is, I want to be able to run 3 clients on 3 separate monitors with max or near max settings. Go.

Oh yah, current comp is quad core 6600 w/ 8 GB "named" RAM / GeForce 8800 GT (1GB Onboard).

Thanks for any help that improves my EVE experience!

FunzzeR
Legion of the Scottish Fold
Posted - 2010.03.31 04:03:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: FunzzeR on 31/03/2010 04:03:49
Personally I run a 4 22" monitor setup with 2x Nvidia 250GT cards without SLI

and I have another secondary work computer with 2x 9500GT cards that runs 4x monitors as well.

Both run multiple clients flawlessly (Tested 5 clients simultaneously) in addition to semi intensive apps such as Premiere/Photoshop/FL Studio. And putting such a setup together has been hassle free for me.

JAG Solex
GunStars
Posted - 2010.03.31 04:57:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: FunzzeR
Edited by: FunzzeR on 31/03/2010 04:03:49
Personally I run a 4 22" monitor setup with 2x Nvidia 250GT cards without SLI

and I have another secondary work computer with 2x 9500GT cards that runs 4x monitors as well.

Both run multiple clients flawlessly (Tested 5 clients simultaneously) in addition to semi intensive apps such as Premiere/Photoshop/FL Studio. And putting such a setup together has been hassle free for me.


Sweeet! Thanks for the info.. I'll check that out. That sounds like the ticket.

Zions Child
Caldari
The Resident Haunting
Posted - 2010.03.31 04:58:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: JAG Solex
I'm looking to go with a three monitor setup for games (EVE) and productivity apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, et al)

I've talked to a few so called experts, and each one of them has come up with a different solution, so I thought I would go to the EVE community and see what they are doing... there must be a lot of you out there doing this...

Expert 1: Buy the ATI Eyefinity card and 3 display port? monitors.
Expert 2: Buy 2 decent graphics cards in a SLI setup and 3 monitors
Expert 3: Use existing graphics card (8800 GT) with the Matrox triplehead2go and 3 monitors.

I would like to hear from people who have experience with either of the solutions above, or an entirely different solution. Bottom line is, I want to be able to run 3 clients on 3 separate monitors with max or near max settings. Go.

Oh yah, current comp is quad core 6600 w/ 8 GB "named" RAM / GeForce 8800 GT (1GB Onboard).

Thanks for any help that improves my EVE experience!



I would go with the first solution, ATI Eyefinity. Works great here (though you do have to check that the inputs are compatible, iirc only two DVI slots on most cards). Also, I remember reading that they will either be releasing a card with 6 inputs or allowing a crossfire setup to work with 6 monitors soon (through firmware upgrade on the second). I believe the entire 5000 series is compatible with eyefinity...

DuffmanPeter
Perpetua Umbra
Intrepid Crossing
Posted - 2010.03.31 12:24:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: DuffmanPeter on 31/03/2010 12:24:11
Originally by: Zions Child
Originally by: JAG Solex
I'm looking to go with a three monitor setup for games (EVE) and productivity apps (Photoshop, Illustrator, et al)

I've talked to a few so called experts, and each one of them has come up with a different solution, so I thought I would go to the EVE community and see what they are doing... there must be a lot of you out there doing this...

Expert 1: Buy the ATI Eyefinity card and 3 display port? monitors.
Expert 2: Buy 2 decent graphics cards in a SLI setup and 3 monitors
Expert 3: Use existing graphics card (8800 GT) with the Matrox triplehead2go and 3 monitors.

I would like to hear from people who have experience with either of the solutions above, or an entirely different solution. Bottom line is, I want to be able to run 3 clients on 3 separate monitors with max or near max settings. Go.

Oh yah, current comp is quad core 6600 w/ 8 GB "named" RAM / GeForce 8800 GT (1GB Onboard).

Thanks for any help that improves my EVE experience!



I would go with the first solution, ATI Eyefinity. Works great here (though you do have to check that the inputs are compatible, iirc only two DVI slots on most cards). Also, I remember reading that they will either be releasing a card with 6 inputs or allowing a crossfire setup to work with 6 monitors soon (through firmware upgrade on the second). I believe the entire 5000 series is compatible with eyefinity...


Yep you are correct, all of direct x11 cards are eyefinity.

OP: I would definitely go with Eyefinity, Nvidia cards suck right now compared to ATI until Fermi will be released and even then...ATI just has much better performance for the price. You can also just get a regular 5850 or 5870 and get a splitter they make for eyefinity so the 2 ports becomes 3. I know a bunch of people doing it.

JAG Solex
GunStars
Posted - 2010.03.31 15:09:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: DuffmanPeter
Edited by: DuffmanPeter on 31/03/2010 12:24:11
Originally by: Zions Child


I would go with the first solution, ATI Eyefinity. Works great here (though you do have to check that the inputs are compatible, iirc only two DVI slots on most cards). Also, I remember reading that they will either be releasing a card with 6 inputs or allowing a crossfire setup to work with 6 monitors soon (through firmware upgrade on the second). I believe the entire 5000 series is compatible with eyefinity...


Yep you are correct, all of direct x11 cards are eyefinity.

OP: I would definitely go with Eyefinity, Nvidia cards suck right now compared to ATI until Fermi will be released and even then...ATI just has much better performance for the price. You can also just get a regular 5850 or 5870 and get a splitter they make for eyefinity so the 2 ports becomes 3. I know a bunch of people doing it.


Thanks for the info guys. I will look into this Eyefinity more. The main reason I was not sure about it was because of the ports.. only 2 dvi ports? But if you can get a splitter to get around that, then it may work. Just so we are clear.. the splitter doesn't effect performance at all?

Thanks again for info, I'm just trying to figure out the best way to go.

DuffmanPeter
Perpetua Umbra
Intrepid Crossing
Posted - 2010.03.31 17:55:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: DuffmanPeter on 31/03/2010 18:21:19
Originally by: JAG Solex
Originally by: DuffmanPeter
Edited by: DuffmanPeter on 31/03/2010 12:24:11
Originally by: Zions Child


I would go with the first solution, ATI Eyefinity. Works great here (though you do have to check that the inputs are compatible, iirc only two DVI slots on most cards). Also, I remember reading that they will either be releasing a card with 6 inputs or allowing a crossfire setup to work with 6 monitors soon (through firmware upgrade on the second). I believe the entire 5000 series is compatible with eyefinity...


Yep you are correct, all of direct x11 cards are eyefinity.

OP: I would definitely go with Eyefinity, Nvidia cards suck right now compared to ATI until Fermi will be released and even then...ATI just has much better performance for the price. You can also just get a regular 5850 or 5870 and get a splitter they make for eyefinity so the 2 ports becomes 3. I know a bunch of people doing it.


Thanks for the info guys. I will look into this Eyefinity more. The main reason I was not sure about it was because of the ports.. only 2 dvi ports? But if you can get a splitter to get around that, then it may work. Just so we are clear.. the splitter doesn't effect performance at all?

Thanks again for info, I'm just trying to figure out the best way to go.


I am pretty sure it does not, I know many cases of people using it and it does not effect performance. Another option thought would just be to crossfire 2 5770's then you don't need the adapter and you have a good gfx setup.

Here:
Splitter

I think that is it. Check out hardforums video card section if you need more information. They have setups using it.

EDIT: Check out this vid, it is a eyefinity card with 6 monitors, figured I would put it here since it is way cool.
Eyefinity

Klashed
KNET Intelligence
Posted - 2010.03.31 19:34:00 - [8]
 

Edited by: Klashed on 31/03/2010 19:34:42
I used to run three monitors using an 8800 GT as a primary then kept it cheap using an 8400 GS as the secondary just for the extra ports.

If you're interested in running even across all three: http://www.eve-search.com/thread/983141/page/1

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.03.31 20:02:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: DuffmanPeter

I am pretty sure it does not, I know many cases of people using it and it does not effect performance. Another option thought would just be to crossfire 2 5770's then you don't need the adapter and you have a good gfx setup.

Here:
Splitter

I think that is it. Check out hardforums video card section if you need more information. They have setups using it.

EDIT: Check out this vid, it is a eyefinity card with 6 monitors, figured I would put it here since it is way cool.
Eyefinity


I peed a little. Embarassed

I want that 3x2 setup just for working, screw gaming on it lol.

JAG Solex
GunStars
Posted - 2010.04.01 06:09:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: DuffmanPeter



EDIT: Check out this vid, it is a eyefinity card with 6 monitors, figured I would put it here since it is way cool.
Eyefinity


Damn.. that is sweet! I think we have a winner.. Shocked

Kazuo Ishiguro
House of Marbles
Posted - 2010.04.01 11:21:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: DuffmanPeter
Here:
Splitter

I think that is it. Check out hardforums video card section if you need more information. They have setups using it.


Here is a list of adapters that definitely work with eyefinity, and the supported max. resolutions:

http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-dongles.aspx

Some of the DP-VGA adapters don't support particularly high resolutions, so you might want to consider a DP-DVI adapter instead, for future-proofing.

The limits stated are for a single monitor connected to the adapter, not the combined eyefinity resolution (e.g. 3840x1024 in my case). If you just want 3 1280x1024 monitors, go with the cheaper VGA adapter.


Shanter
Posted - 2010.04.01 15:40:00 - [12]
 

So, on a side note, are there any bezel-less or ultra-thin bezel monitors out there?

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.04.01 16:03:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Shanter
So, on a side note, are there any bezel-less or ultra-thin bezel monitors out there?


I have an LG with an extremely small bezel but it's DVI.


 

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