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  1. I use two PCs. The first and slightly weaker, i7-3770k with a R9 290X has one monitor set as VC. The second a i7-4930K with GTX 1080 runs a three monitor surround cockpit external view. I use wide view and wide traffic to sync the two and the performance is excellent. I get 40+ FPS on the GTX 1080 with all the scenery settings at max. (Flying over KSFO) My VC is capped at 60 but can get in to the 100s if allowed. But I have all the scenery at minimum has it's not required. Just one more thing to note. I use very fast SSD for my Boot drives and I have P3D installed on second very fast SSD in both PCs. This gave me about a 25% improvement in frame rate. I think it's due to the fact that P3D uses a lot of info from C: drive. Hope that Helps
  2. Hi. I also have the 1080 running surround view on three monitors. But my 4th monitor is on a second PC which I use for the virtual cockpit. I've just connected it to the 1080 and it does work. There's a few things you need to do... Launch P3D and go into windowed mode, you can press Alt-Enter to do that. Drag the view to cross your three 24" monitors to almost fill them. Open the GPS window, right click and select undock. Drag this window to your 4th monitor and stretch it to almost fill it. Press Alt-Enter again to enter full screen mode again. If it does not fill all three monitors (It didn't when I tried it) Go to the Menu - Options - Setting and check the full screen settings are correct.... The Display now has two options, ensure it's on the Surround view one The Resolution should be the biggest one, I have 5920 x 1080 x 32 for mine. Press OK and you may have to press Alt enter again. Mine was a bit reluctant to do it, but it got there in the end. Hope that helps.
  3. Hi everyone. I’ve struggled finding reliable information on multi-PC setups, so I thought I would share my findings here. Yes I do have multiple licenses (That’s that out of the way) My main use for my computers is photography, and that has influenced some of my buying decisions, a 27” Eizo coloredge is not necessary for a flight sim! PC 1 (Main flying computer). This is a 6 core I7 with 32Gb RAM, water cooled and clocked at 4G. I have a R9 290X connected to 27” (1920 x 1200) and a 23” (1920 x 1080) monitor. The R9 allows me to run a mismatched monitor eyefinity setup with my VC spread across both monitors. This runs at ~60fps with maxed out textures for both the cockpit and terrain. I turn down the scenery content because it not required for the VC, but because I do see the landscape scrolling past, I have the terrain detail maxed out. PC 2 (Main forward view). This is a 4 core I7 with 16Gb RAM, water cooled clocked at 3.7G. It has my oldest GPU, a GTX670 connected to my Eizo 27” (2560 x 1440) with a 30’ field of view. This also runs at ~60fps with maximum terrain detail and textures. But I do have some of the scenery detail trimmed back. PC 3 (Left and right views). This is a Mac-Pro 2 x 2.66 Xeon CPU with 32Gb RAM and a GTX680 GPU Running Bootcamp). Connected to 2 23” (1920 x 1080) Monitors. These run at ~40fps with the same settings as forward view. PC4 (Weather/Mapping/Navigation etc) My aging Mac-Book-Pro again with bootamp. I run with Pilots, Orbx and Sim720 scenery and REX with soft clouds and giant Sun! All 3 PC have the latest 2.5 with hot fix applied. My network views are controlled with Wideview and wide traffic. I’ve tried the built in network set up, but that looses the ATC facility. I have also tried other third part weather live view system, but I found it tricky to get going and it had more of a FPS impact. To calculate the field of views a drafted out the layout in CAD (I’m an engineer) including the bezel gaps. From that I could calculate the angle of view and offset to several decimal places. This gives me a perfect alignment. My weather is Pilots FS Global real weather running on the Mac book pro, which syncs to multiple PCs perfectly. One main improvement I found was running P3D on separate SSDs to my boot drives including the Mac Pro, I have bootcamp on one SSD and P3D on a OWC accelsior running at 6Gps. I had the outside views configured the opposite way round with the Mac-pro being my main view. I was getting better FPS on the side views, but after about 30 mins the side views would CTD! Despite lots of adjustments to detail levels I couldn’t get it 100% reliable. Since the swap I have not had one CTD. All of the above has been quite an investment in both time and pocket money. But it’s a lot cheaper than a Cessna!
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    ATI vs. nVidia?

    Hi all. I'm a bit late on this. I recently moved from 680 to a R9 290X. I was using three HP 23xi monitors in surround, but I could not keep them at maximum resolution. I soon discovered one of them had a different polarity setting. Two were ++ one was +-, I got a female monitor!!!! There are work arounds for this which worked fine until I had a reboot, then it would drop back to 900 lines from 1080. The 290X has no problems with this, I recently flew a 3.5hr flight from KSFO to KVNY in my A2A 172. No problems at all. My system I7 3770k 3.5 @ 4.7 (I have it water cooled) 16bg of 2400 xmp memory at 2400 3 HP Pavilion 23xi monitors in eyefinity. 1 Eizo 27" coloredge also on the 290X used for VC (Too over the top for simming, I use it for photography) Hope that helps someone. Regards. Wooly