Hello, I have just set up 3x dell ultra sharp 17 monitor, installed 2x nvidia 8800gt/gts cards all-be-it on a crossfire board, so no SLI link, I am wanting to know where to go from here in reference to software for such a set-up and also top games played in triple mode, me and me young son are into driving and shooting/action games, thanks
Yeah, each card has 2 DVI ports on it, so the OP can run 4 monitors for Windows desktop. The minute SLI is enabled, only the 2 monitors on the primary card will work.
In the OP's case, there's no SLI option at all because it's a Crossfire board, so games will only run on the primary monitor of the primary card. Of course multi-monitor-aware games like World in Conflict or Flight Simulator X will use both monitors attached to the primary card.
thanks dudes for the replies, think I am going to have to bite the bullet some more and invest in some ATI/Radeon cards maybe the 4850/4870's, since the mother board is new to me (P45 Platinum), at least I have got all three monitors running indepent (ish) at the moment
The 5000 series cards have Eyefinity which allows you to run 3 monitors off 1 card (you will need one of you monitors to have DisplayPort though).
You can probably use Eyefinity to run 3 monitors with Crossfire - maybe look into a pair of 5770s in Crossfire.
February 14, 2010 5:30:09 AM
I am a photographer, so use eye 1 hardware & software to calibrate my digital screens (Dell Ultra sharp 17) to correct screen/print colour resolution problems, 3 screens obviously increase my productivity but I also enjoy gaming.
Now my boy has gradually taken over the PS3 and I have a new board & cards etc etc I wish to get into PC gaming more, hence the original question, but wish to use all three screens for ultimate effects,
OK, first off you'll need a game that is actually multi-monitor aware. Unless you do a crazy ultra-wide resolution as a single desktop and get the game to use that you'll probably end up just using the primary monitor.
You'll also need a more powerful graphics card to drive such a resolution than what you already have too.
I'd strongly suggest looking into the Radeon 5000 series (5770 and above really) and see where that takes you.