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Single ultra wide versus 3 monitor surround question?

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by ToTheMax, 28 Apr 2019.

  1. ToTheMax


    Joined: 28 Nov 2012

    Posts: 667

    Couple of years ago I had a triple 27" setup and loved the extra screen real estate and the odd game that supported it was amazing. Desktop multi tasking was second to none. Upgraded to a single 40" monitor and also loved it but the back light died just now and it's out of warranty so now upgrade time again.

    All of the above was at a lowly 60hz, and everyone raves about high refresh rate nowadays. I was considering maybe a single ultra wide like the LG 34GK950F but have concerns with desktop multi tasking on only one screen, gaming will probably be amazing though.

    However for less money I could get say 3 AOC CQ32G1's with Nvidia now supporting freesync, have both high refresh rate gaming, great multi tasking, and the occasional surround game using Nvidia surround. Desk space isn't an issue.

    Am I mad to consider surround setup again given the above? What's the current state of multi monitor support in gaming?
  2. pp111


    Joined: 22 Oct 2018

    Posts: 644

    The market certainly seems to be going towards larger and larger single monitors, although I still prefer a second monitor so I can keep an eye on other things while gaming.
    The one thing you have to consider though is what graphics card do you have and what games do you play? I have a monitor similar to the one you are looking at, and it's a great monitor, but it also takes a lot of graphics card to drive it. Although say a 1070 will drive a monitor like that, it will be at reduced game settings. To drive it confidently with all the modern titles you need a 2080ti. This may well massively increase the cost for you.
  3. ToTheMax


    Joined: 28 Nov 2012

    Posts: 667

    Yeah this is also my concern, multi monitor gaming when I had it was really niche and it seems to be even more so nowadays. Maybe I'm remembering tri monitor setup with rose tinted glasses and I should go a single hi res display.
  4. dessimpson

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Oct 2008

    Posts: 1,800

    Location: Gloucester

    I've got an 35" g-sync ultrawide and a 27" 1440p second screen.
    The second screen is used mainly for skype, gpu-z, afterburner etc. but I wouldn't be without it.
  5. Bugbait


    Joined: 13 Jan 2018

    Posts: 440

    Location: London

    I had a 31" 4k screen as my main and a 25" 1440p as a secondary to the side. Switched the 4k for a 34" UW 1440p due to Citrix scaling problems with remote client access though. Both worked well and I much prefer a large single, main screen for the seamless extra screen area.