You've been an SLI fan for a while then, huh? Were the 8800 GTX's your first foray into that? I have only ever run SLI or CrossFireX for benchmarking, never for a regular machine since I never seem to be able to support dual GPUs and the other components I need just fine. Battlefield 3 might be the first game in a while to force me to work around those issues ;-)
Those are some sweet temps! The GTX 580 in this rig is running at 48°C at the moment, and it's doing nothing!
Indeed they were. I have never had my hands on a modern ATI card in a machine for me though, so I haven't tried CrossFire at all. From what I have heard and experienced the software is a major pain. I do like the fact these cards came OC out of the box so I didn't have to touch them at all and they are covered under warranty by EVGA.
Also I have a huge flaw when playing games I like them to really look pretty, so when I start looking at what to buy for a gaming rig I try to see what will last me the longest amount of time. When SLI started to make it's way to the market I figured I had to jump on board and it lasted a healthy 4 years, heck the VC lasted longer then the motherboards did.
I am a little bias though go SLI with the 580's, since you all ready have one of those cards in your machine. I did forget to mention my average temp when playing a game is around 47c with the likes of FONV, BFBC2, CODBO it is just games that use DX11 or a ton of memory like DA2 or GTA4, along with 3d Mark 2011 that really get my video card temps that high. Just hope that cool Canadian weather holds out if you go SLI. (c;
Looks like a good choice to me. If you're going to go 3x1 for gaming, I don't think you should ever skimp, that's for sure. That monitor looks good and has totally flat sides (not bubbly like some others), so it should look great in that configuration.
Thanks. I really searched high and low for a low bezel because I know that can be a killer. The current Samsung PX2370 is guilty of what you describe and was only supposed to be a temp but plans changed so I have been stuck with this longer then I expected. I don't try to skimp on much when it comes to PC parts but I wanted to get this in a certain time frame but when the reviews for the ASUS monitor started to roll I changed my mind, quality over speed any day. I have to push it out another month but like I said before plans change but at least I will get something reliable and not a lemon.
Be sure to let me know what you think of that. I can't recall the company that makes the mount we have here for our 3x2 monitor configuration, but I don't think I'd trust the company again. I ended up breaking a piece by accident while putting it together because It never secured the monitors well enough (I don't think tape is an ideal solution with multi-monitor setups).
What I do like about that mount you linked is that it just has a single base... that's nice. The one we have here almost extends the entire way across and doesn't exactly look too aesthetically-pleasing.
I will certainly let you know after I have had some time to tinker with it. Yikes on the one you got! Anything that snaps like is what I am trying to avoid a single stress point and I think this one covers that quite nicely. I didn't want it to mount to the desk, wall or have one place to tighten on the arm that holds the monitor just bad engineering. I think Red Green would disagree about your tape comment there (c;