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30" 25x16 or 3x 1920x1200

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30" 25x16 or 3x 1920x1200

Total: 6 votes (2 blank votes)

  • 30" 25x16
  • 25 %
  • 3x 1920x1200
  • 25 %
  • 3x 1920x1080
  • 25 %
  • 50" Plasma 1080p
  • 25 %
  • None of them. Save the money. Or Explain in a post.
  • 0 %
June 16, 2010 12:40:21 PM

Hey everyone. I would like the opinion of what you would do.

Rig
Core i7 920
5870 (Maybe add a 5970 or 2 more 5870's?)
6gb ram.


If you where to do some gaming, would you prefer a Single 30" 2560x1600 screen? ~$1000

Or 3 x 24" (ish) 1920x1200 screens? ~$1000

I have done some reading on Eyefinity and it looks fantastic.

Basic math tells me that 30" = 4.09 MP image while 3x 1920x1200 = 6.9 MP image and 3x 1920x1080 = 6.02 MP

What would you choose and why?

I also left some other options in the poll.

Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
June 16, 2010 1:04:00 PM

Theres a difference between the two and that is aspect ratio and screen quality.

$1000 can buy you 1 really good IPS panel with better color and viewing angle.

Or $1000 can buy you 3 cheap TN panels with lesser color and pretty bad viewing angle but a lot of screen space.

So quality or size?

Apart from that the aspect ratio is different two. A object would look much sharper, better, and of course bigger in 2560x1600 because of the more pixels for the same aspect ratio.

3x 24" monitors won't change the image sharpness or size but increase viewing area. So everything would look exactly the same as a single 24" monitor but there is 2 extra on a side showing extra scenery. This is only if the game supports eyefinity resolution. If it doesn't then the normal 16:10 image just gets stretched across as the screens neither increasing viewing angle or picture quality.

For desktop work, eyefinity is definitely superior but a single large monitor is definitely better for video gaming in my opinion. Most of the time you simply would not need the side screens because all the action is concentrated on the middle on anyway and most games don't even support eyefinity and some games never will to balance the game.
June 16, 2010 1:49:20 PM

All very good points. I was using a 32" 1080p screen on my desktop 2' away.

Sharpness is not a huge deal for me.

Thanks for the response.
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June 17, 2010 2:15:44 PM

or get a bigscreen 1080p tv. with either of these options, your gonna need a powerful graphics card, add another 5970, and overclock it to crossfire 5870 levels, and have trifire 5870 performance. the only reason 5970 performs at 5850 crossfire performance is because ati arent allowed to produce a card which is over 400w, its easily overclockable, and cheaper than two 5870s, and ati encourage the voltage tweaking because of this
a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2010 3:20:14 PM

The 5970 uses full cypress chips which can easily clock to 900mhz core and the memory on the 5970 is rated for 1200mhz which can go to 1250 or 1300 quite easily. The only thing holding back the clocks would be heat.

A 5970 can drive a 2560*1600 monitor at medium to high settings for most games. There are a lot of console ports and simply less demanding DX9 games which the 5970 can easily max. At 3x1920*1080 which has about 6MP of resolution, I think you would need more than a 5970 or 5870 crossfire to handle that on medium settings.
June 17, 2010 3:43:41 PM

That is true. 3x 1080p is 50% more resolution than the 30".

I know it doesn't scale that well, but my 5870 ran a single 1080p screen perfectly.

I'm actually starting to lean towards the large plasma. I think it would get more use for the money.

Thanks for the replies.
a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2010 4:43:04 PM

Get 3 monitors in eyefinity, a big monitor doesn't give you the same experience. Eyefinity is the future of high end gaming. Also for the guy who says its a quality vs. quantity argument, its not get three of these:

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/pr...

That is a beautiful IPS monitor for $260, a great deal. I wish that was around when I bought mine.

Anyway, get 3 of those and an active DP connector and enjoy, eyefinity kicks ass.

Also a 5970 or 5870 crossfire will perform excellent with this extreme resolution:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3621/amds-radeon-hd-5870-...

Look at those benchmarks, a single 5870 can play most games completely maxed out at this insane resolution with acceptable framerates. Those that are can't wont need to be put to medium to play either, we are still talking high settings to get playability. Now add into the equation another 5870 or 5970 and you are golden.
a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2010 4:45:53 PM

Clob said:
That is true. 3x 1080p is 50% more resolution than the 30".

I know it doesn't scale that well, but my 5870 ran a single 1080p screen perfectly.

I'm actually starting to lean towards the large plasma. I think it would get more use for the money.

Thanks for the replies.


Getting a large HDTV is not good for PC gaming, the pixel density will be low and it will look like shlt from anything but 8-10 feet away, for a 50". That simple won't work well since you will need the screen to be far away for you to enjoy it, giving it no benefit over a standard monitor.
a c 216 U Graphics card
June 17, 2010 5:38:00 PM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Most of the time you simply would not need the side screens because all the action is concentrated on the middle on anyway and most games don't even support eyefinity and some games never will to balance the game.


I personally have never done eyefinity, so I don't have personal experience, as I doubt you do either, but what I imagine it to be like, has nothing to do with needing. It just adds more immersion because now you have peripheral vision shown on your sides along with the normal center view your used to.

Being more immersed sounds like a winner to me.
a b U Graphics card
June 17, 2010 5:44:55 PM

Exactly bystander, I have actually tested it and it really does work well to convey peripheral vision. Its great FPS, racing, and stradegy games. I tried MW2, GRID, and Company of Heroes. They all worked great, though the HUD in Company of Heroes looked horrible and stretched but the actual game scene look great.
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