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By on June 22, 2011
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Is gaming on a triple monitor setup worth it?


If you have been reading my blogs on the tech section of late, you will probably know that I made myself a new PC to enjoy gaming in all it’s glory. The way it happened is that I saw our senior editor Taimoor testing Need for Speed on a triple- monitor setup for GamesFest and I instantly knew that I gotta get me one.

Two weeks and few thousand Dirhams later, I had my rig ready and started installing a few games I’ve been wanting to get back to such as World of Warcraft and StarCraft II as well as some games that I’ve been wanting to try out such as Rift and Civilization 5.

So with my three screens in action and Bose speakers pumping out the sound, I was all prepared to be blown away by the experience. Sadly, the experience was closer to a whimper than a bang. Starcraft II didn’t want to work on three screens and WoW made everything on the two side screens appear stretched and un-natural whic gave me an instant headache. Rift and Civilization 5 looked better but after a nice hour session, my neck felt incredibly sore with the constant turning between the three screens. That was the pretty much the last time I fired up a game on my shiny new setup. I think triple screen gaming is best for arcades where you have short bursts of gameplay in a very controlled environment.

So, are the monitors headed back? Actually no. I really enjoyed Windows desktop spanned across the three screens with my emails and tweets on the left, the browser in the center and widgets and small apps on the right. And productivity apps don’t necessarily require fast and timed actions, allowing me to turn my head at my own pace preventing any cricks. My gaming sessions have gone back to a single screen- the center screen. But now, while gaming, I can continue to check my incoming emails and tweets on the remaining two screens. Simultaneous business and pleasure- that’s what I tell myself to convince me that I’ve made a good investment.

System Specifications:
Core i5 2500K
ECS H67M-2 motherboard
8GB Corsair DDR3-1333
ASUS Xonar Sound Card
Corsair 750W PSU


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Kenshiro70

    Did you try out any FPS titles such as Battlefield Bad Company 2?  I would love to know how useful the extra peripheral vision is.

  • fingerprintgamer

    Try giving the monitors a 90 turn… and try again… much easier on the neck

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  • Kayronjm

    BOSE – Buy Other Sound Equipment
    You cannot be blown away by them anyway! ;)

  • Eat

    Load up Just Cause 2. Load up Dirt 2. Triple monitor is still early, but fantastic in certain cases.

  • Agustfr

    Having owned a tripple screen setup for a while now, first using an ATI 5870 and now an SLi nvidia 570 setup, I regret it more and more each day.
    Most games don’t work right on triples, apart from racing games or flight sims and the sort.
    FPS games are a pain, and I found my self turning the two extra screens off while playing games like BFBC2 and Black-Ops due to the nausea and eye strain after longer sessions.
    If I had a time machine and could go back, I´d simply invest in a 42″ or above 1080p TV to play on, as the larger screen is FAR better than triple screen for 99% of gaming.
    At the moment, I have an Asus 120hz 1080p main monitor and the 3D vision kit (very few games work right or are playable with it sadly) and use my old 50″ Panno plasma (720p) for when i want big ass gaming.
    Its far more enjoyable than triplescreen.. Waste of money for gaming and the cash i threw away on the two HP 24″ monitors would have been far better spent on something like a nice projector or 1080p TV to replace my aging 720p Panasonic plasma..

  • J Donham

    I picked up 3 24 inch asus monitors last month and I went over kill with an XFX triple stand.  I like it so far.  I prefer the triple screen in Bad Company 2.  Running with 570 gtx’s in sli.

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