The Surround Gaming Story
Surround Gaming is to NVIDIA as Eyefinity is to ATI. There are clear flaws with Surround Gaming, though. They'll bother some people, while others they won't. I wrote a while ago on my Blog that I think NVIDIA will win the Multi Screen Technology battle because they'll be more aggressive with the marketing. In saying that, though, with the implementation of the technology in the GTX 400 series not being perfect, ATI still do have a leg up.
The first thing I want to get answered is:
Will Surround Gaming support three 2560 x 1600 screens at native resolution? - Yes
I was actually the one to come out and say that it doesn't look like surround gaming would support monitors above 1920 x 1080. It's clear now that the technology will. It seems that when NVIDIA announced the surround gaming support on the GF100 page at the NVIDIA site, the whole focus was on the 3D side of things which at the moment there's no 120HZ screens above 1920 x 1080.
You'll need two video cards to run Surround Gaming? - Yes
Just as ATI can't run two DVI connected monitors and a HDMI one from a single card, NVIDIA can't do this either. What this means is that you'll need to have two video cards offering us four Dual Link DVI ports.
So I don't need a DisplayPort monitor for Surround Gaming? - Yes
And this is what makes it a bit bitter sweet. If you're running three monitors already and you get two NVIDIA cards, you'll be able to run all three via Surround Gaming without an expensive adapter.
So, the good news is that you don't have to buy an expensive adapter or a DisplayPort enabled monitor.
The bad news is that you'll need to buy two graphics cards which means a bigger PSU, a motherboard that supports SLI and a few other things.
The bad news might not be an issue for a lot of people; at the end of the day the adapter needed to get a third DVI monitor working on an ATI based graphics card won't boost performance, unlike a second video card. Of course, the video card will cost more than the adapter. Like I said; a bit bitter sweet.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The GTX 470]
- Page 3 [The GTX 480]
- Page 4 [The 512 CUDA Core Story]
- Page 5 [The Yield Rate Story]
- Page 6 [The Launch Supply Story]
- Page 7 [The Surround Gaming Story]
- Page 8 [The Reviewers Guide Story]
- Page 9 [The Fancy Tech]
- Page 10 [The Fancy Tech - Continued]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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