Display spanning is quickly becoming the high-mark for serious gaming machines of all budgets, with more powerful cards allowing higher resolutions. Yet, as panel resolutions higher than 1080p become harder to find, do we really need more than two cards?
While there were two special cases where only a set of four GeForce GTX 480 cards in quad-SLI would suffice, there was one game where even a pair of GTX 460 cards would push smooth frame rates to our test limit. For those willing to forgo AA modes at the maximum quality settings of Crysis and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, a comparison of average frame rates could be helpful.
The best news for mid-budget buyers is that the GeForce GTX 460 SLI solution is generally acceptable for spanning three 720p displays, allowing added visual immersion at the cost of some granularity.
Even with a triplet of 1600x900 monitors, the cheapest solution in today’s test is usually good enough.
AA kills the cheapest solution when using three 1080p monitors, yet two GTX 480 cards are a viable option at most settings. We should remind readers of to the two games mentioned at the top of this page, where the combination of AA mode, maximum settings, and maximum resolution require four cards.
- A Broader Perspective
- The Test Platform
- Additional Hardware And Benchmark Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark
- Benchmark Results: Alien Vs. Predator (DX11)
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (DX9)
- Benchmark Results: Crysis (DX10)
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 (DX11)
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Performance Analysis
- Energy And Efficiency