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    Default Double Monitor or Extra Wide Single?

    I'm currently running P3Dv4 on a triple monitor (1920x1080 x 3) setup. But even my 1080 Ti has trouble keeping up with high settings at a decent FPS. When I add a small 4th monitor for Air Manager, I have to go down to low settings in many areas of the globe.

    I'm considering trading in the triple monitor set up for a 3840x1080 ultra wide monitor, which would be the equivalent of 2 of my current monitors side by side.

    I wonder if anyone would know if a single wide monitor at 3840x1080 would give me better performance than 2 1920x1080 monitors side by side would. Or is 3840 going to behave the same regardless of how many monitors it covers?
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    Your triple monitor setup is seen by your graphics card as a 5760x3240 display load. I use a curved LG 34" 3440x1440 Monitor with a 1080Ti graphics card, that I am quite happy with, and it would ease the load on your card somewhat. You get an uninterrupted display ratio of 21:9, which limits the vertical view a little, but not a big problem.


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    Oh, of course. With a 3 monitor setup it's going to multiply both the horizontal AND the vertical x3! So a single wide monitor won't do that to the vertical like 3 monitors does. That makes perfect sense. Thank you, johnost!
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    So is a GPU upgrade the only solution?

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    If you go single you may want to consider 42 in or above.

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    Thank you, flytv1. I'm trying to decide between a 43" and a 49". The 49" really being way too expensive.

    Actually, I'm also now considering an entry level 34" 21:9 just to test the waters on a wider monitor, compared to multiple monitors.
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    Basics:
    (1920x1080 x 3)
    10 + 10 + 10 = 3 x 10
    And
    (A x B) + (A x B) + (A x B) = 3 x (A x B)
    3x (A x B) =
    3 x A x B
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    (1920x1080) + (1920x1080) + (1920x1080) =
    = 3 x (1920x1080)
    = 3 x 1920 x 1080
    (as it's multiplication you can simply remove those brackets.)
    In case you want proof you can remove the brackets? here you go:
    3 (1920x1080)
    = 3 x 2.073.600
    = 6.220.800

    And 3 x 1920 x 1080 = 6.220.800 as well.

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    It is not as johnost claimed:
    3 x 1920 x 3 x 1080
    {{As that would be 9 x 1920 x1080 --which is 18.662.400 }}

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    Your current screen area is only = 3 (1920x1080) pixels.

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    You said the curved screen would be 3840x1080

    3840 : 2 = 1920
    So your curved screen which is the same area as 2 x 1920 x 1080
    and therefore, like you said before Kirk, the curved one is as big as two of your current screens combined.

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    You should be able to somewhat guestimate the effect of switching to the curved screen by simply
    disconnecting one of your current large monitors.
    With only two monitors connected the area is the same as the curved would be, and therefore the fps should be somewhat comparable.

    Exactly comparable/the same? probably not. But as close an approximation as you are going to get. A much closer approximation anyway then by asking anyone here or anywhere else.
    Last edited by il88pp; 12-11-2019 at 05:39 PM.

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    Thank you, il88pp. I actually followed most of that.

    And, of course, it makes more sense to set up 2 monitors to get an approximation of what I could expect with a single 3840 <--> . Although, I'll bet it would be closer if I use nvidia surround to combine them into one 3840x1080 rather than 2 at 1920x1080.

    But, yes, you're absolutely correct... I can get the information myself with what I already have!
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    Oops! Sorry about my mistake - your 3-monitor video card load should of course be (1920x 3)x 1080=6,220,800. My 34" 21:9 monitor is 3440x1440=4,953,600 pixels compared to your 2-monitor setup at (1920x2)x1080=4,147,200. I would think that the 2-monitor setup with bezels in the center would be less desirable. Another consideration in monitor choice may be refresh rates, which typically are between 60-144/sec, as I would expect higher refresh rates to increase the video workload. I wish you good luck!


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    Thank you, johnost. The information you've given me has been helpful. And, yes, I tried the 2 monitor setup, but that's just not doable with the bezels in the center.

    It turns out that my low fps was due to a different issue (undocked ATC/GPS windows) and not so much the multiple monitor setup. But I think I may still move to a single 3840x1080 monitor. Anything smaller and I'm not sure it would be worth it.
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