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cul8erppl January 6, 2011 10:54 AM

3 monitors vs 1 big monitor
 
Hopefully a quick question...

I have a Giga Radon HD6870. I run eyefinity on 3 monitors when I game. 19" left; 22" middle; 19" right; total resolution is something like 3xxx X 1024.

If I game on 1 big 40" monitor instead, where I can go 1080 resolution, is there any difference with the above setup?

If so, what would they be? Thanks.

CMetaphor January 6, 2011 10:57 AM

The difference would be less detail, as the resolution is dropping significantly. Also, when you have 3 monitors you can also do 3 things at once (im currently on 2 out of my 3 monitors at the same time, doing different things), with one big monitor you can't do that.

Chumpy January 6, 2011 02:53 PM

Yeah im very torn between my single 1920x1200 IPS panel or going 3 x 2209wa 1680x1050. Flight sims and Race sims 3 monitors is just so intense and immersive. But the rest of the time I would be stuck with a single small monitor.
I think 3 monitors is best for gaming.

Boggins January 6, 2011 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chumpy (Post 471393)
Yeah im very torn between my single 1920x1200 IPS panel or going 3 x 2209wa 1680x1050. Flight sims and Race sims 3 monitors is just so intense and immersive. But the rest of the time I would be stuck with a single small monitor.
I think 3 monitors is best for gaming.

Don't downgrade, upgrade! Add two more 1920x1200 monitors. That's what I did.

lowfat January 6, 2011 03:54 PM

I'd always choose a single larger monitor. Although not at the expense of resolution.

belgolas January 6, 2011 05:00 PM

You will not want 40" of monitor at 1080P because at close distance the visual quality wouldn't be good. A 30" monitor at 2560 x 1600 in my opinion is the best solution but it is also way overpriced. If you really feel like spending money upgrade your 2 monitors to the same as you center one. Or upgrade them all with slim bezels.

Reason why I haven't gone with triple monitors is the bezel and not all games work well on 3 monitors. 1 large monitor is better than 3 personally.

Chumpy January 6, 2011 08:37 PM

Haha Boggins, True but easier said than done. 1800$ in 3 monitors is too much for me to justify.

dustin1706 January 6, 2011 09:17 PM

I'm just using 1 27" 1920x1200 for now, and I find that it is just big enough to have two things side by side. two webpages, webpage/spreadsheet/ webpage/movie etc.

Personally, I don't think that any current monitors have a thin enough bezel for me to want to go triple monitors. I am just going to get a good 30" like a dell U3011 and put it beside my 27. I'll used the 30 for gaming and both for multitasking.

ipaine January 6, 2011 09:28 PM

A single monitor has some advantages as do multiple monitors.

I still say gaming in general (some driving/flight sim exceptions) is better on one larger monitor, but I still like having at least one other monitor on the side. I know I have a 22" as my main and a 19" 4:3 on the right side. That one shows me time, cpu usage, temps, gpu usage, network usage, etc. This way I can easily keep an eye on this information while I am gaming.

Now if I had the money I think the best way to go is a 30" 2560x1600 monitor in the center with two 20" 1600x1200 monitors on the side in portrait. This gives you a resolution of 4960x1600. That is what I would do if I had the money.

If you had to choose from 3 smaller 19-22" monitors or one really nice large 27"-30" I think I would go with the single large but only with a really nice monitor like the Dell Ultrasharp or something.

cul8erppl January 6, 2011 09:33 PM

thx for the opinions everybody...very well put...

i decided to keep my 3 monitors...using the 40" LCD as a tv instead...

Hooked-up my other machine to the 32" tv...i think that works out best, LoL...


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