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how to setup 2 monitors o 1 x 580 gtx

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May 26, 2011 3:08:31 PM

I have recently purchased 2 x 27" 3d monitors with a 580 gtx 3GB Phantom....

i have the monitors setup as "EXTEND THESE DISPLAY" mode. and it works fine in normal mode UNTIL ....

i want to use these monitors for DUAL gaming on games such as CRYSIS... IT DOESNT WORK....

the game only runs on the main monitor....

ANY HELP would be perfect


Thank u

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May 26, 2011 3:26:37 PM

Some games aren't written to be run on multiple screens.

The few that are however can be configured to do so under their options page when you load the game.
May 26, 2011 7:41:48 PM

But crysis is one of those games that can be played on dual monitors.... theres tonns of videos on youtube.....

and in the gme the only options are to play the game as WINDOW MODE or FULL SCREEN....
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May 26, 2011 9:28:17 PM

increase the resolution in the options menu


edit: in game of course
May 27, 2011 9:42:36 AM

ive already done that... im running it max RES 1920 x1080

by the way im unning W7
May 27, 2011 11:15:23 AM

Nvidia surround requires two or more graphics cards.
May 27, 2011 11:43:50 AM

ok... so if i have two GPU's n 2 monitors.... i should be able to get it working yeh...?
May 27, 2011 12:00:26 PM

sajuuu said:
ok... so if i have two GPU's n 2 monitors.... i should be able to get it working yeh...?

Yes that is correct. You require two or more cards in SLI to use Surround (unless you have a GTX 295 or 590 but those are just two GPUs packed onto one PCB).
May 27, 2011 12:12:42 PM

wel, ive got a 580 phantom at the moment....

BUT i was considering to slap in my 295 gtx is well.... will it work?

my motherboard is: asus rampage II extreme
May 27, 2011 12:20:50 PM

sajuuu said:
wel, ive got a 580 phantom at the moment....

BUT i was considering to slap in my 295 gtx is well.... will it work?

my motherboard is: asus rampage II extreme


Yes Surround will work with your GTX 295. However, the game would only be running on the GTX 295 and not the GTX 580 as you cannot SLI the two together. Your GTX 580 would just be wasted.
May 28, 2011 11:39:20 AM

karma831 said:
Yes Surround will work with your GTX 295. However, the game would only be running on the GTX 295 and not the GTX 580 as you cannot SLI the two together. Your GTX 580 would just be wasted.



Cant i make the 580 as the main GPU...? and use the 295 for physx?
May 31, 2011 2:08:12 AM

sajuuu said:
Cant i make the 580 as the main GPU...? and use the 295 for physx?


Yes but then you won't be able to SLI or use Surround.
May 31, 2011 9:48:07 AM

ok.... wat IF i swap my 580 for a 590 and get some 2nd cheap GPU... will that do the trick?
May 31, 2011 8:37:15 PM

sajuuu said:
ok.... wat IF i swap my 580 for a 590 and get some 2nd cheap GPU... will that do the trick?


Yes that would work. The 590 is a dual gpu on a single PCB so its considered an SLI which supports Surround. You wouldn't need a second GPU if you had that (unless you want it for PhysX).
June 1, 2011 9:50:45 AM

ok, ive sent back my 580, and for the time being got my 295 back in there, and i can't seem to get it working on dual gaming... any advice plz? this 295 is a dual gpu is wel
June 1, 2011 2:22:11 PM

Sorry I forgot that you also need three monitors. It doesn't work with just two. Also the three monitors have to have the same resolution, refresh rate, and sync polarity.

System Requirements
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3dv-system-requirements-su...

Instructions.
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/endus...


I've personally run both Nvidia's Surround (GTX 280 SLI) and ATI's eyefinity (single & dual HD 5850s). The latter is definitely less of a hassle in my opinion. Its also usually lot cheaper as you can run it with two/three monitors or even with just a single card.

Edit:

Here is a great post from tzetsin at hardwarecanucks regarding Surround and Eyefinity.

Quote:
I absolutely without a doubt hands down suggest ATI's eyefinity. Anyone who argues this is an idiot and i'll tell you why...

First off, the biggest reason i recommend eyefinity to surround is that you only need ONE GPU. People are going to argue that with a resolution that large, SLI would kick its ass. They arnt wrong, but they're stupid. In REAL WORLD experience, i notice NO difference at all gaming on my dual gtx 480 vs my single AMD 6970 or 5870. so while technically the frames are higher on the SLI system, there is zero value.

Even if you were to notice a "slight" difference (and you likely wont) there are many other reasons against Surround. These include the extra cost of having a PSU that can power them, The fact that only SLI capable motherboards are surround compatible (higher cost as well as forces you into larger cases) Fermi doesnt run cool I dont care what anyone says, so you'll have to pay special attention to case cooling. I "had" to water cool mine, it wasnt a performance or asthetic choice. And if all that wasnt enough to sway you against it, if you didnt know already, Surround is still not "officially" supported by NVIDIA. Surround works ONLY on a couple of drivers that are getting pretty long in the tooth. Eyefinity is officially supported and is getting pretty mature actually.

Some people might say that eyefinity isnt any better because it needs a dongle, well that dongle doesnt require any special hardware, its 40 bucks and requires no extra power... not much of an argment. SLI is still going to cost you more than the cost of the extra gpu.

There is only ONE advantage to surround over eyefinity and that is you can have a "second" monitor active (3 in surround = 1) where you'd need a second card (not xfired) to run anymore monitors than the 3 grouped. Even that one advantage is moot considering that a slave junk card is however cheep you want, doesnt require any real hardware change and barely costs more power... and who has room for more than 3 monitors on their desk anyway?

Now IF you want surround AND 3d, you HAVE to go surround. but think long and hard before you decide, 3d will halve your FPS, so your going to have to run a 480 or better to enjoy anything even close to full IQ, its going to be RETARDED hot, you'll need extreme cooling, and/or headphones so you dont go def from the fans, if that doesnt deture you and you can invest the time and cash to make it work, surround 3d is pretty F*in awsome.

hope that helps.
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