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GTX680, 3 1980p Screens or 1, BF3 and ArmA2

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November 18, 2012 6:36:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: April 2013
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3D Programming, Rendering
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: https://geizhals.at/?cat=gra16_512
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer nVidia
OVERCLOCKING: not needed
MONITOR RESOLUTION: three 1920x1080 Screens

PRICE RANGE (Grafic card): MAX. 450€ (GTX 680 SOC?)


So, my questions are:

- Can the GTX670 4GB GDDR5 RAM OC+ (EVGA) play on one/three 1980x1020 Screen(s) above 30 fps?
Answer = YES (Very High settings recommend)

- Do you recommend 3 or 1 screen(s)? Why? Is it harder/easier to play?

- [NEW] Why is the right and the left screen stretching in some games?

- [NEW] GTX 680 SOC 2GB vs GTX 670 FTW 4GB, +100 MHz or double GDDR5 RAM?

Chipclock: 1137 MHz | 1006 MHz
Memoryclock: 1550 MHz | 1502 MHz
Shaderclock: 1136 MHz | 1006 MHz
GDDR5 RAM: 2GB | 4GB
November 21, 2012 6:30:20 AM

I bought the gigabyte Windforce 2G 670 GTX couple of day ago and using it with nvidia surround. Until now I only played bf3 with this setup so only have results about this game, maybe I will add some other games later.

Battlefield 3 Ultra, 5760X3600 - 30 FPS
Battlefield 3 High, 5760X3600 - 48 FPS
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January 10, 2013 4:02:13 AM

Thanks for your replies, for BF3 with Ultra it seems that additional 100MHz could be useful to get some more space before it drops under 30 fps.

Other question, is the left/right screen stretching?

(written with Samsung Galaxy S II)
a b Î Nvidia
January 10, 2013 4:08:22 AM

Multiple screens is more of a personal choice I find it easier to play on one. I have a harder time moving my head around all the time to check what is to the sides of me or that is what a multi monitor setup would be like. He prefers Nvidia. If you stick with a single screen stick with your preference you would be great with a 670 or 680 you wouldn't necessarily need a 4 gigabyte solution to play the games you do on ultra and maxed out.
I feel hollow has a good idea of what it would result into with surround setup. However if you were to go with a multi screen setup I would prefer AMD they handle it a bit more efficiently and its less of a pain.
January 10, 2013 7:54:17 AM

I am a bit worried about buying an AMD Card because 5 of 5 friends of mine bought one a long time ago and never want to do it again.

I know that AMD has a 384 bit Bus but I feel more secure by buying a nVidia.

Written with SGS II.
January 10, 2013 9:43:55 AM

I feel like three monitors had imporved my gaming experience greatly.

I bought my card before doing wide search and after I bought it I found out that ATI handle surround display better then Nvidia.
a b Î Nvidia
January 10, 2013 9:55:37 AM

They do AMD does handle it better. However if you feel more secure with nvidia then thats fine a 670 with 4GB should get the job done but you would more then likely want 2 in sli. For stellar frames you can probably get similar to hollow frames.
January 10, 2013 2:04:05 PM

BTW, I just started to play Far Cry 3 and it looks amazing. Three monitors, ultra / high details, 2XMMAS and I'm getting 40 FPS. I think with 4G it would be even better.
January 10, 2013 5:25:38 PM

+1 on multi screen setup is not for everyone. Try friends setup before u blow so much money on it.
a b Î Nvidia
January 10, 2013 6:45:32 PM

Yea I would get a feel for it honestly. If you are into the immersed experience go for it.
January 11, 2013 10:30:29 PM

The problem is that I have no friend with an 3-Screen setup.

Basicly the idea of buying a 3-screen-system came from the small space I have with one 1980x1020p monitor if I work with the Cry Engine 3 SDK.

As I saw on this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIXT2ALlfvc), the right and the left screen are stretched on the sides and that is kind of unusual. However in this video is no stretching (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMSWgKsKzGY).
Maybe it depends on the FOV (Field of View) the game has.

I also heared about the problem that a 3-screen-setup is not better than a 1-screen-setup because you need to turn your head every time you want to see what happens on the left/right screen.

I updated my first comment and added additional information!
January 11, 2013 10:52:10 PM

Hollllow said:
I bought the gigabyte Windforce 2G 670 GTX couple of day ago and using it with nvidia surround. Until now I only played bf3 with this setup so only have results about this game, maybe I will add some other games later.

Battlefield 3 Ultra, 5760X3600 - 30 FPS
Battlefield 3 High, 5760X3600 - 48 FPS


One screen of yours is 1920x3600!?
I think you mean 1920x1200.

You don't have trible high, so you only multiply your length (1920*3 = 5760p).
a b Î Nvidia
January 12, 2013 7:26:41 AM

Was just an opinion you should be spending around 200 dollars on a monitor anyway if you are doing a 3 way monitor setup. No one cares about quality of there monitor do they buying mid 100 dollar monitors? If you average out that each monitor would cost 200 dollars you are paying a little less then 100 dollars at the end for the 1440p and for the fact its a IPS.
January 12, 2013 7:36:36 AM

Yea because nobody buys them except people with too much money or not enough bragging.
a b Î Nvidia
January 12, 2013 8:25:50 AM

I'm not quite sure what you are insinuating I'm just saying those who who purchase 3 monitors should probably spend in the range of the 1 27 inch screen. For example this monitor normally goes for 200 a quality monitor but is being sold for 150. pair 3 of those together now its 450 but normally it would be 600.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 12, 2013 8:30:31 AM

One screen costs about 180$. (1920x1080)
I have allready the first one at home and I am going to buy two more of them :) 
a b Î Nvidia
January 12, 2013 8:42:04 AM

Oh I see well then that changes things quite a bit. Should be interesting this is the monitor I have maybe someday I'll get 2 more I swivel the monitor around to go portrait view.
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