Triple Monitor setup

I had a little bit of a windfall, and thought about splurging on a triple monitor setup. I saw a few sporadic mentions of such around GWJ, but didn't know if anyone had an actual recommendation to make?

I was thinking about 3 of these:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_...

I'm using a Radeon HD 7800, but figured I'd be updating that at the same time.

Honestly, I'm not playing much cutting edge graphic games these days (still LOTRO most of the time), but the space would be nice for these aging eyes.

As always, goodjers, any advice is greatly appreciated.

To clarify, are you hoping to run a game at 11520 x 6480 at a decent frame rate, or just use the extra real estate for multitasking?

If the first case then I don't think even the latest and greatest GPU is going to do much for you at that resolution.

Would these be good for work? I need something better than 1080p.

krev82 wrote:

To clarify, are you hoping to run a game at 11520 x 6480 at a decent frame rate, or just use the extra real estate for multitasking?

If the first case then I don't think even the latest and greatest GPU is going to do much for you at that resolution.

great point.
These are what I meant to link:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_...

sorry for the head fake.

You will need dual graphic cards to game with a triple monitor solution. Especially 3 1440P games. There are games today that tax even high end GPU's on a single 1440P monitor. So if you are serious about gaming you will need dual Vega 56 or 64's.

I gave up triple monitor gaming in 2015. Frustrated with drivers and lack of games that supported it without various hacks

TheGameguru wrote:

I gave up triple monitor gaming in 2015. Frustrated with drivers and lack of games that supported it without various hacks

Well that's good to know. I'm not looking for more hassle.

Is it true then, that a case-by-case (or game-by-game) approach is just that much more tedious than the simplicity of seeing -if-it-works?

Could just go for an ultrawide monitor. That gets you some of the extra width of a triple monitor, but without a lot of the driver support problems. At that point, you just have to worry about whether a game supports the ultrawide resolution, and whether your graphics card can push that many pixels.

You also mentioned aging eyes, bear in mind higher resolution tends to make things appear smaller. More screen real estate won't intrinsically help here either, only if used to stretch the same resolution image across a bigger area might it help, but the loss of image quality will in turn at some point make it unreadable.

Chaz wrote:

Could just go for an ultrawide monitor. That gets you some of the extra width of a triple monitor, but without a lot of the driver support problems.

Anyone using one they'd recommend?

(edited for spelling)

I'm not a fan of Ultrawide either.. at this point I'd rather just get a large quality 4K monitor. The only upside right now is that there are some nice G-Sync and FreeSync ultrawides and very few quality 4K's with either of those features.

TheGameguru wrote:

I'm not a fan of Ultrawide either..

For the same reason you stopped three monitors? I thought at one point you had made the comment that there wasn't enough support for the aspect ratio of ultrawides?

I think what he's saying is that he's primarily a fan of G-Sync and Freesync, and you can get big ultrawides that have one or the other, where most 4K screens don't.

Jakobedlam wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

I'm not a fan of Ultrawide either..

For the same reason you stopped three monitors? I thought at one point you had made the comment that there wasn't enough support for the aspect ratio of ultrawides?

As Malor said below.. I like the features that many of the high end ultrawide monitors have. They are coming out with high refresh rates and support for G-Sync or FreeSync. I should probably also check on out these days when I had one in 2015 the support for the resolution and aspect ratio was sketchy. But there are so many of them today that I have to think the support in games has to be better.

I still prefer a large 4K monitor but I you can't go wrong with a nice 34"+ Ultrawide either.

Why not just get one of these:

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https://www.theverge.com/circuitbrea...

I use an LG 55” 2016 C OLED 4K tv as my monitor. It’s great. But you need a deep desk to get at least a few feet back. Honestly I wish it was 43” and flat and it would be a perfect monitor.

Do you still need to be cautious of things like 4:4:4 chroma when looking at OLED tvs as monitors?

krev82 wrote:

Do you still need to be cautious of things like 4:4:4 chroma when looking at OLED tvs as monitors?

Yes absolutely...especially at 4K

So does that mean that most of them are doing 4:2:2 and you want 4:4:4, or the other way around?

Malor wrote:

So does that mean that most of them are doing 4:2:2 and you want 4:4:4, or the other way around?

Last I checked all the current and last year LG OLED’s will do 4:4:4 @4K. 60hz. You want 4:4:4 for the most part for everything. Once you turn on HDR though it can go to sh*t though. At least on Nvidia. Haven’t tried AMD yet.

Once you turn on HDR though it can go to sh*t though

Would you happen to have a pointer to an explanation? I'm rather curious; it doesn't seem like something that really should go wrong.

Is HDR wider than 4:4:4, perhaps?

Malor wrote:
Once you turn on HDR though it can go to sh*t though

Would you happen to have a pointer to an explanation? I'm rather curious; it doesn't seem like something that really should go wrong.

Is HDR wider than 4:4:4, perhaps?

So an update in August apparently fixed it.. you can now enable 4K 4:4:4 @60hz with HDR (8bit though not 10bit)

Is 8-bit even HDR? Is anything over 4:2:2 officially HDR? I thought that required 10-bit channels?

Yeah you can get "HDR" with 8Bit but you are correct its quasi HDR.. real HDR is 10bit and for the most cases that is what you want.. I'll have to see if the 8Bit version on Nvidia actually looks decent...typically it ends up looking weird and I disable it.

Apparently you can get 10bit HDR at 4:2:2 which makes my head hurt trying to understand it.