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#1 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 18:32

Hi,

Lately I've been stumped to find that no one (as far as I can tell) produces a double-wide (8:3 or 32:9) monitor, except for those ridiculously overpriced curved displays. Does anyone know of a double-wide monitor for less than $1000?

If not, … anyone want to start a business venture :D I'm pretty sure they'd sell like hot cakes amongst gamers and various IT professionals.
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#2 VonHelton

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 21:21

Hi,

Lately I've been stumped to find that no one (as far as I can tell) produces a double-wide (8:3 or 32:9) monitor, except for those ridiculously overpriced curved displays. Does anyone know of a double-wide monitor for less than $1000?

If not, … anyone want to start a business venture :D I'm pretty sure they'd sell like hot cakes amongst gamers and various IT professionals.

I'm currently using dual monitors with a total rez of 2880 x 900, so I feel your pain.

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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#3 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:23

I used to have a triple head setup with 3x 21.4" 16:9 screens. It was nice, but:

1) It required an additional $300 device on top of the cost of the monitors.
2) It used a non-trivial amount of power to run all 3 screens.
3) If one of the screens were to die, you're shit out of luck.
4) The bevels between the screens were annoying as hell.
5) Even the fastest video cards out there will struggle to run 5040x1050.

A single 32:9 display would solve all of these problems, and would be worth up to about $1000 in my opinion.
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#4 VonHelton

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 06:32

I used to have a triple head setup with 3x 21.4" 16:9 screens. It was nice, but:

1) It required an additional $300 device on top of the cost of the monitors.
2) It used a non-trivial amount of power to run all 3 screens.
3) If one of the screens were to die, you're shit out of luck.
4) The bevels between the screens were annoying as hell.
5) Even the fastest video cards out there will struggle to run 5040x1050.

A single 32:9 display would solve all of these problems, and would be worth up to about $1000 in my opinion.

I looked at the curved monitors you're talking about. They are *not* one screen, but 3 (or 4, in this case) panels side by side. In the pics you can clearly see the lines.

Look closely at this pic….

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#5 O_Taipan

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:21

I didn't know that they were 4 panels! In that case they shouldn't be so crazily priced, except it's a specialist market I guess.

I got a dell 30" 2560x1600 monitor, which is pretty good.

But I think that is the maximum we can get out of ROF, because the width of view is restricted. I zoom out and I feel that I want to go further when I hit the maximum.

Is there anyway to increase the field of view beyond the maximum?
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#6 Proccy

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 09:33

I would love to have one of those crap momitors Its not 4 srceens might be split into 4 small planels electronically to make it work. Just read the write up they claim the lines :) will disappear soon
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#7 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 18:53

Well, I wouldn't buy one of the current NEC or Alienware "curved" displays for a couple of reasons: price & resolution. They're not even 1080 vertical lines, which is just such an idiotic design move on their part.

I still have my 3 21.4" monitors from my triple-head setup. Maybe I'll take two of them apart and attempt to slap them together as closely as possible 8-)
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#8 VonHelton

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 00:34

Well, I wouldn't buy one of the current NEC or Alienware "curved" displays for a couple of reasons: price & resolution. They're not even 1080 vertical lines, which is just such an idiotic design move on their part.

I still have my 3 21.4" monitors from my triple-head setup. Maybe I'll take two of them apart and attempt to slap them together as closely as possible 8-)

Um, I have an old (but well used) addage…..

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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#9 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 00:53

But they're just gathering dust. I use a single 28" screen now, since I dismantled the triple-head and sold my TH2Go.
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#10 O_Taipan

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 00:55

Yeah gotta be careful of the cost too. My wife still keeps trying to find out how much my 30" monitor cost.

I keep answering that I got a good deal ;)
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#11 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 13:05

So Philips and Vizio both now offer 21:9 (2.33:1, or 2560x1080) LCD cinema displays. However, they're 50" or greater, and kinda pricey ($5K or so).

http://www.overclock...-tv-2560-a.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.overclock.../hardware-news/ … 560-a.html

http://gizmodo.com/5...-cinema-wide-tv" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://gizmodo.com/5...98/vizio-xvt-pr … ma-wide-tv

Hopefully within a year we'll see more screens in that aspect ratio, with smaller dimensions and price tags :D
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#12 Proccy

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 21:28

And to think we once got exited at a 17inch screen lol :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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#13 O_Taipan

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 23:01

Problem is that rof doesn't support the sort of field of view that monitor would need. On my 30" I feel like I want to zoom out more than is allowed because of the high resolution.
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#14 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 23:05

Well, the field of view ROF will allow you to zoom to is dependent on your aspect ratio, not your resolution. Your 30" screen is probably 16:9, so the widest field of view ROF will allow you to zoom to is I think around 115' horizontal.

When I had my triple-head setup, I could zoom out plenty wide and had I think maybe 135' FOV. It was pretty nice.. but even my GeForce GTX 295 struggled to fill that many pixels (5040x1050).
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#15 O_Taipan

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 23:34

Ahh ok. Mine is 16:10 so it's probably slightly less than 16:9
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#16 Gimpy117

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 04:11

Yeah gotta be careful of the cost too. My wife still keeps trying to find out how much my 30" monitor cost.

I keep answering that I got a good deal ;)

ask her how much all her shoes cost then. See what she says ;)
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#17 Hornswaggle

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 16:00

Hi,

Lately I've been stumped to find that no one (as far as I can tell) produces a double-wide (8:3 or 32:9) monitor, except for those ridiculously overpriced curved displays. Does anyone know of a double-wide monitor for less than $1000?

If not, … anyone want to start a business venture :D I'm pretty sure they'd sell like hot cakes amongst gamers and various IT professionals.

Im running an eyefinity triple setup and in a few weeks i will have a duel 1080p projector setup going!
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=kdPVIAiRSGo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">
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#18 O_Taipan

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 01:17

Looks good!!
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#19 VonHelton

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 02:24

Hi,

Lately I've been stumped to find that no one (as far as I can tell) produces a double-wide (8:3 or 32:9) monitor, except for those ridiculously overpriced curved displays. Does anyone know of a double-wide monitor for less than $1000?

If not, … anyone want to start a business venture :D I'm pretty sure they'd sell like hot cakes amongst gamers and various IT professionals.

Im running an eyefinity triple setup and in a few weeks i will have a duel 1080p projector setup going!
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=kdPVIAiRSGo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">


Good vid, but it hangs about mid way through the video.
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#20 DummyBoy

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:22

Salute!

Those curved monitors doesn't have 4 panels … those have 4 projectors :)

Those aren't LCDs.
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#21 Butch_Nackley

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 03:03

I'm using 3 26" Acer panels at 5040x1050 on a GTX285. Works great and I would never want to go back to single screen gaming.
I put together this for the guys at SimHQ when we were talking about using 3 monitors in Portrait mode.
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Anyway, it will give you an idea of how different setups will offer different viewing ranges.
Pay no attention to the lines not being perfectly placed. I did it quickly in Paint.
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#22 =IRFC=AirBiscuit

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 23:40

How did you find 26" screens that were 1680x1050 native res? Or are you running them at a lower resolution due to TH2Go limitations?

I think I'm actually going to do this:

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http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824001429" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.newegg.co...oduct/Product.a … 6824001429

Plus a 5870 Eyefinity card. I'm through screwin' around.
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#23 VonHelton

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 23:52

How did you find 26" screens that were 1680x1050 native res? Or are you running them at a lower resolution due to TH2Go limitations?

I think I'm actually going to do this:

Image

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824001429" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.newegg.co...oduct/Product.a … 6824001429

Plus a 5870 Eyefinity card. I'm through screwin' around.

Holy Moly!

:o :o :o :o :o :o
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