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Hi folks!

 

I've seen some pretty nice youtube videos on people having a triple monitor setup. That said, I know plenty of simmers simply just use a big flat screen TV. I mean, the range of view is extraordinary with a triple monitor setup, but how do you compare it? I will probably go for one of these setups one day, but now I'm really insecure...

 

For instance, I'm currently using this 24 inch monitor from BenQ but it has rather thick edges so If I buy two identical monitors and put them next to each other, the gap between each monitor may be rather big. 

 

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You will probably regret it...

I have 3 x 23 inch 1920x1080 LG´s in Eyefinity. Looks OK, but 1200 would be better.

Now I want to try a 4K monitor. 

 

The madness is neverending, LOL!

 

:wacko:

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You have also to consider your overal system power, i lost 40 % fps approximately when i switch from 1 screen to surround on 3 screen. In some scenario especially with rain and overcast cloud, i have to revert back to one screen to maintain fluidity which negate the interest to have 3 screen. On the other hand, in thoses scenarios, there is nothing to see on the side screen often.

 

Another issue of 3 screen is the distorsion on side screen which reduce immersion. There is one thread about a tool to eliminate this but i have never used it as i think it could reduce again my fps.

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I too was considering adding 2 further 27 inch monitors to my existing monitor. I was nervous about the extra cost and loosing performance even with the GTX780 I upgraded to about 3 months ago.  I recently moved and had the chance to play with a 42 inch LED that we were not using and I have to say I haven't looked back. I was thinking about putting TrackIR on my Christmas list as were getting close :)

 

I now use my 27 inch monitor on the PC that I am running PFPX, EFB & ASN

 

Richard

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I've seen some pretty nice youtube videos on people having a triple monitor setup.

 

I have a 3 X 24" Dell monitors I got for around $200 each.. totalling $600 and I love it... I can't go back to single monitor no matter how big it is...  Flying the PMDG 777 or the Aersoft Airbus, the VC views are like being on the inside of these aircraft...vision is mostly  the three windows (one to the left and two in front of you). The peripheral vision.

 

a large monitor gives you more sky ....

 

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Thanks Jim.. I figured out howto post from flickr... I have too many screenshots loaded there.. LOL :)

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I run one 42" LCD and two 27". The two little ones are used for things like popup windows you don't want in the way. I click and drag them. Like the atc window. The other has 3 cougar overlays on it for when I fly the super bug which I use the buttons as you would in a real FA18. You can also insert the templates into it when needed and use them for other things like opening doors, asking for fuel and the such. All programed through Pete Dawson's wonderful program FSUIPC. The one big monitor works well with Track IR 5. Just my thoughts on the matter. My current machine has three video cards in it and I use the two little off of one card. I think they are evga 760's. Good luck, as I am on the fence about doing the same thing. Cpt out. :lol:

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I have a 3 X 24" Dell monitors I got for around $200 each.. totalling $600 and I love it... I can't go back to single monitor no matter how big it is...  Flying the PMDG 777 or the Aersoft Airbus, the VC views are like being on the inside of these aircraft...vision is mostly  the three windows (one to the left and two in front of you). The peripheral vision.

 

a large monitor gives you more sky ....

 

 

 

 

 

WOW, that looked great. Did you experience any loss in FPS while jumping to three monitors? I'm currently using a GTX 760 which works excellently atm.

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Did you experience any loss in FPS while jumping to three monitors?

 

I have the GTX 670.  Maybe I lost a few FPS I didn't notice much. But I don't fly with too much clouds and tunderstorm etc... Maybe with the new P3D V2.4 and after I get the 980 maybe I can fly with heavy clouds. :)

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I fly FS9 with REX and a lot of PMDG and other commercial add ons on a 42" LG LED.  It is fantastic with very high quality and excellent visual performance.  I have a 24" DELL LCD for moving maps and gauges, etc.  I used Triplehead2go with 3 LCDs for several years--a 24" center and 21" side monitors--and that was great.  I do miss the fuller peripheral vision from triple LCDs, but I became frustrated with the limited vertical height of the screens physically, so I decided to switch to one large LED screen.  I love the bigger cleaner single screen with its large vertical height, and I use my hat swiitch for peripheral vision, but it's still not the same as triple monitors.  I am thinking about possibly getting a 55" LED now although a better thing to do would probably be 3x32" LEDs.  The trouble is you need a lot of space for that kind of set up and then a lot more PC and video horsepower!

 

JS

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I have a 3 X 24" Dell monitors I got for around $200 each.. totalling $600 and I love it... I can't go back to single monitor no matter how big it is...  Flying the PMDG 777 or the Aersoft Airbus, the VC views are like being on the inside of these aircraft...vision is mostly  the three windows (one to the left and two in front of you). The peripheral vision.

 

a large monitor gives you more sky ....

 

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I like this setup as well, what's the vertical resolution of your monitors? One thing I don't like is the constant panning up and down to see the full vertical depth of the instrument panel.

Jim

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Well, my two cents worth on this triple monitor setup, I used a triple monitor setup over the last 4 years. I have 3 28" Hanns 28 Monitors for a 5760 x 1200.  Hanns-g Monitors were the best for the buck in 2011. These monitors are cheap but for FSX they are great. This setup has been fun, but with 4K Monitors dropping in price, even has me wondering....

 

I do like the idea of upgrading to a 4k monitor in the future, but I know my GPU is going to have to be upgraded if I still want a triple Monitor setup.

 

So bottom line would I buy 3 Monitors instead on 1, only after I saw FSX on a 4k Monitor at 40+ inches, I will let you know cause I just bought a Samsung 50" 4K TV. Personally I would not buy three monitors in tell I saw FSX with a Large 4k Monitor setup.

 

Just my thought.

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what's the vertical resolution of your monitors?

 

1200

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Well, my two cents worth on this triple monitor setup, I used a triple monitor setup over the last 4 years. I have 3 28" Hanns 28 Monitors for a 5760 x 1200.  Hanns-g Monitors were the best for the buck in 2011. These monitors are cheap but for FSX they are great. This setup has been fun, but with 4K Monitors dropping in price, even has me wondering....

 

I do like the idea of upgrading to a 4k monitor in the future, but I know my GPU is going to have to be upgraded if I still want a triple Monitor setup.

 

So bottom line would I buy 3 Monitors instead on 1, only after I saw FSX on a 4k Monitor at 40+ inches, I will let you know cause I just bought a Samsung 50" 4K TV. Personally I would not buy three monitors in tell I saw FSX with a Large 4k Monitor setup.

 

Just my thought.

 

Could you kindly provide some pictures of your setup then?

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I will send you Pics if you want,.... please just send me a PM. and I will email them to you.

 

John.

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Just my thoughts, the stretching of the outer two monitors does take some getting used to, but over time you get used to it. One of my mates has a large single monitor, but always seems to find excuses to come over and use mine instead!

 

 

I cannoit see myself going back to a single monitor, and the bonus is if you use your PC for other things other than FSX having muliple websites and spreadsheets all on display at once is great !

Cheers

 

Ps Havent noticed much real performance hit with 3 screens either, but have learnt to turn off the FPS and not get obsessed by them (too much !)

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I'm very happy with my triple 27 inch benq gaming monitor setup. I've seen some projector setups that look really cool, but I don't think a single big screen would give me the same field of view.

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I used to run a Samsung 27" 1920 x 1080 over the last two years, this past weekend, finally gave in and picked up a Samsung 28" 4K U590D monitor and my jaw "dropped to the ground" when I fired up pmdg777 on FSX on 4K resolution  3840 X 2160 UHD (Ultra High Definition)...amazing vivid colors that I have not seen on FSX before...

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Gotta vote for a single large screen here.  For about 2 years, I ran FSX with three Samsung 27-inch 1080P monitors.  I became tired of the peripheral distortion of the side monitors, along with the decrease in performance vs. a single screen.  Since then, I have switched to a single 42-inch 1080P HDTV (and P3D), and I won't go back.  I like the increase in performance of a single monitor, and the fact that for the general aviation aircraft that I mostly fly, get gauges that are nearly actual size.  The future for me will likely be a single large 4K monitor/TV.

 

Cheers,

 

Gerald

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My setup uses 3 30" lcd HD tv's. I uses Denali' Distortian fix and the wide outside view looks great.

 

I started with 1 15" monitor 14 years ago. Then I added 2 more . Looked great back than.

Then I bought 1 21" monitor. Later 2 21" extra.

Etc etc.

 

Everytime 1 bigger monitor looks more appealing till I start missing the immersion.

 

Therefore I will always end up with a 3 monitor outside view.

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Don't forget that peripheral vision immersion also applies to the vertical dimension as well. I get a much greater feeling of height with a big TV compared to my previous 3X24's. Flying through a sea of clouds, with the earth just visible way below, in spot view is just amazing with a big TV.

 

gb.

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I used to run a Samsung 27" 1920 x 1080 over the last two years, this past weekend, finally gave in and picked up a Samsung 28" 4K U590D monitor and my jaw "dropped to the ground" when I fired up pmdg777 on FSX on 4K resolution  3840 X 2160 UHD (Ultra High Definition)...amazing vivid colors that I have not seen on FSX before...

 

What graphics card du you have then? Do you have to use DSR to run FSX in that resolution or does it become an option when you have a 4K screen?

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What graphics card du you have then? Do you have to use DSR to run FSX in that resolution or does it become an option when you have a 4K screen?

I have a single EVGA 660ti card and surprisingly, it is able to support running 4K at max resolution.  I am not familiar with DSR and of course not running with it...performance wise, I did not see any frame rate degradation that I already had from 1920 x 1080 to UDH 3840 x 2160, but you gotta see it to believe, the 777 panels are just plain gorgeous!

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I have a single EVGA 660ti card and surprisingly, it is able to support running 4K at max resolution.  I am not familiar with DSR and of course not running with it...performance wise, I did not see any frame rate degradation that I already had from 1920 x 1080 to UDH 3840 x 2160, but you gotta see it to believe, the 777 panels are just plain gorgeous!

 

I have a single EVGA 660ti card and surprisingly, it is able to support running 4K at max resolution.  I am not familiar with DSR and of course not running with it...performance wise, I did not see any frame rate degradation that I already had from 1920 x 1080 to UDH 3840 x 2160, but you gotta see it to believe, the 777 panels are just plain gorgeous!

 

That sounds awsome. I'll think my next purchase will be an 28" or 32" 4K screen then.

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