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November 20, 2013 5:50:41 PM

I have all my components listed and yet to get, I really like it, but I have 1, probly the last question: I'm gonna be using a triple monitor setup, maybe dual (2nd one for browsing, iTunes, etc.) i was with nvidia until I saw that you can't separate the screens (so you're gaming on one monitor and the ones on th side doing something else) then I started researching on amd I found the comparison to be Radeon 7950 3gb but I heard that it doesn't have as good cooling as the gtx 760 (MSI version which I wanted to get) and that nvidia has some exclusive features like PhysX or something like that, so it's the final battle, which one should I choose? Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22pXL
November 20, 2013 5:58:48 PM

if you want to game on one monitor with Nvidia, (and likely AMD) you can. You use extended desktop mode, vs surround or eyefinity. The only thing is, if you want to seemlesly move between game and apps you need a game that supports full screen windowed mode. If you don't then the mouse is locked to the game window and you will need to alt tab out.
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November 21, 2013 4:59:57 AM

ah, so I'll be able to game on one monitor and use the other 2 on the sides for something else with nvidia? or will there be black screens in both side?
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November 21, 2013 9:34:37 PM

you can use do as you like as long as you are in extended desktop mode. It's what I do now playing FFXIV in one monitor while having Netflix on the other. If you use Nvidia Surround it will black out the other two monitors.
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November 22, 2013 5:07:51 AM

Aw, so I'll have to go AMD to do that? And would the 7950 be better than the gtx 769?
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November 22, 2013 12:12:46 PM

I think you don't understand what I'm saying. I'll try to break it down.

Whenever your talking about multi monitor systems whether it is eyefinity or nv surround, there are two modes.

1. Combined monitor mode. This is what eyefinity and NV surround are about. The OS thinks of the monitors as a single display with a 5760x1080 resolution. ( 3x 1080p). Since the OS doesn't know any better, it can't divide full screen task between the individual monitors. It's no different then the single monitor.

2. Extended Monitor. The OS sees 3 monitors and thus can divide task between them. But full screen games will not span the 3 monitors. They wil use only the one marked primary.

In short you can do what you want with either nvidia or AMD. You just need to use extended desktop mode.
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November 22, 2013 12:22:15 PM

Just as a side note. The some nvidia cards can power 4 displays. Here you can set 3 in NV surround and have 1 side monitor. In this case the OS sees 2 monitors. So you can play games across three monitors. And have a 4th for whatever.

I pretty sure AMD is capable of the same thing. But you may need a second card to run 4 monitors.
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November 22, 2013 12:32:10 PM

PsyKhiqZero said:
Just as a side note. The some nvidia cards can power 4 displays. Here you can set 3 in NV surround and have 1 side monitor. In this case the OS sees 2 monitors. So you can play games across three monitors. And have a 4th for whatever.

I pretty sure AMD is capable of the same thing. But you may need a second card to run 4 monitors.



you can run 4 off o single amd card if it supports it. im running the same thing as you with my 7950. if you had two cards you could run 8 if it suited your fancy.
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November 22, 2013 12:58:56 PM

Thanks, sry for not understanding at first xD you cleared up everything for me tho
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November 23, 2013 10:42:01 AM

In windows 8.1 is there a extended mode, although is it true that when you open a game it will only play one monitor out of the three (thats what im looking for)
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November 23, 2013 10:54:11 AM

and in win7 does extended desktop mode work 2x dvi and a hdmi
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November 24, 2013 10:01:50 AM

@Jtec
Yes windows 8.1 (and all version as far back as XP) supports extended desktop mode and full screen games will only display on the "primary" monitor.

Whether or not you can use 2x DVI, and a HDMI port on a single card for extended desktop mode depends on GPU in question. But if the GPU is capable, then it will work in any version of windows that supports extended desktop mode.
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