Quad graphics gaming

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My dream has always been to get to the point where I could have 4 monitors all side by side so I can use peripheral vision while gaming, I think now, with limitations of cards, games and my pocketbook it will still be a drea, but I was wondering if anyone out there has accomplished this and if so what card did you use.

I know you can use the Nvidia Quad for desktop publishing and such but can they handle games?

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I have 5 monitors side by side on my desk but I connect them to 7 computers. Two dual monitor setup and rest of computers share the other monitor with KVM.
 
Only a few games support special setups for that. Flight sims usually allow you very weird setups (I have seen pictures of systems LANed together to provide 20+ monitors for MS's Flight Sim), I have also seen Flight SIM running natively on an R9000Pro alongside another R7000PCI for triple monitor support. It played the game ok, but when going to desktop you only had 2 monitor sektop and blue nothingness on the third monitor (because hydravision only supports up to 2 monitors IIRC). The only card that handles surround gaming out of the box is the Parhelia, and then it's only 3 monitors. I don't see why you'd want 4 monitors (unless one is above or below) as that would give you slit screen center, which is terrible for gaming IMO.

According to MSI, ATI will be adopting some kind of triple-monitor support (SurroundView) in future products (or at least MSI will with it's ATI RS480 powered IGP Mobo).


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that SurroundView was mentioned in the 9100 IGP artical

it may not be that far off from having tri monitor games, depending on how well they can bump up that 9100, maybe they'll opt to put on a 9600 in the future, and dedicate some Ram on board to feed it? who knows...

would having only a 9100 be enough to support a second/third cam while the main card(ie 9800Pro) handled the first/second monitor?

as for having 4 monitors.. i my self would rather only have 3. however a 4 might be nice for an above screen used as a rear view mirror for racing games... or simply a back cam for FPSers...but placing that monitor would be a pain in the ass.

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Nah, give me one in front, one on each side, and one above the one in front.

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Yeah, I thought it was the RS480, but you're right. Feel stupid since I posted this just last week here;

<A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mainboards/display/20040129100830.html" target="_new">http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mainboards/display/20040129100830.html</A>

Still a PR release at this point it seems. But hopefully the direction that will be adopted. With an RS480 it would just be so much sweeter, since that one has integrated DX9 capable graphics chip (likely R9600SE power level).


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trying to remeber now but there was a site that someone posted a while back with some pretty amazing machines...

one of the things they had were multi monitor set ups. I'll post a link if i find it.

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ok i can't find it anywhere.. and realy want to now.
these computers had a STONE engrave in the shape of you company logo or initials put on the cases...



their logo was a lower case L in writing(looks like a ribbon)

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FOUND IT!!!! :)

<A HREF="http://www.go-l.com/monitors/grand_canyon/features/" target="_new">go-l.com</A>



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Yeah, they were reviewed in Maximum PC.

The problem with their setup, only Quadros, a Matrox G450MMS, or a Cologrgraphic Solutions (2/4 R9000 chips on their boards) are availible so not good for gaming and VEY expensive.

Nice display, but terrible cards running it. But there's really little option for that since it has 4 displays.

The Displays themselves are the Gand Canyons, they do have 3 Monitor versions too, which I would prefer. But thesesystems would be handy for Video editing and things like monitorin various exchange markets, etc.

Gaming, I still think that this would lag, despite those wicked chilled CPUs.

Now HERE you go;

<A HREF="http://www.go-l.com/monitors/cinerama/features/index.htm" target="_new">http://www.go-l.com/monitors/cinerama/features/index.htm</A>

And see the monitor can do it's own calisthenics to stay in shape. [winkl]

BTW, you can get that L logo in like 32 different materials. Oooohhh! :cool:


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yea i wasn't too happy with the cards trhey provide...

would the monitors not work if we used our own Vid cards?

like a 9800 and what ever the best PCI card is?

ya i like that logo idea its great

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The problem is the program used to support multi monitor.

You can use 1 top end card and 2 PCI cards, but you have to get specialised programs. Neither nV nor ATI are very good with multi-monitor support really. The cards they have listed are 4 in 1 card where everything is on one card. I think they are trying not to populate the rig with extra cards.

You can put multiple monitors together with PCI card with the AGP, but it's a little inelligant, because support is a little iffy, especially in gaming. But I know of a few programs that support a large number of monitors on one rig, one has a max of 8 and the other is 12 IIRC.

I also don't think they are looking for serious frame rates really. It's the novelty of multi-monitor support, for things like digital imaging and for large workspaces.

Their single monitor solutions come with overclocked R9800s, and that would be the main focus. They did look very nice, but nothing special IMO, beyond the monitor.

They have GREAT ideas but they weren't actually working at the time Maximum PC reviewed their stuff (about a month or two ago). The idea of a RAM drive is great and could me ulra fast load times for programs, including Windows if you were to dedicate your OS onto part of the RAM-drive.

All in all I just couldn't see myself spending that kind of money on any rig.


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