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Old 04-27-10, 05:11 AM   #5
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Default Re: Will 4x GTX 480 be worth it for 3D Surround?

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Originally Posted by heatlesssun View Post
So just got my third standard clocked eVGA GTX 480 and will be putting together a new build, running a 2x SLI setup now, and I was thnking about the Asus Rampge III Extreme for the motherboard, apprarently you don't need the NF200 anymore, 4x SLI should would with any SLI motherboard with that has 4 PCIE slots. Guess I could always get an eVGA Classified board if needed but would prefer the Rampage III.
Can't comment on your mobo but if I remember correctly i7 / X58 does only support 40 PCIe lanes / links so if you are running more than 2 graphics cards you will need to set them up as 16 / 8 / 8 or, with quad SLI, 8 / 8 / 8 / 8, and I'm not sure I would want to do that with a bunch of GTX 480.

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The intenet is to run a triple head 1920x1080 setup. I've got the power curcuit to handle it so no problem, have a window AC to deal with the heat, plan on using a Mountain Mod case and don't plan of using water cooling. Noise will be not a problem because of how my office is steup.

Thoughts? Please no BS, serious and helpful comments only, thanks!
Ok, back in 2003 I set up a 3-wall CAVE with 6 pcs each consisting of a P4 3GHz, 1GB RAM and a FX5900 128 MB. Each FX5900 was connected to a 1280x1024 beamer, 3 pcs rendering for the right eye and the other 3 for the left. We used passive polarisation filters in front of the beamers and cheap passive glasses instead of electronic shutter glasses.

Your current setup with an i7-980X (eek!), 6GB RAM and 2 GTX 480 has more power than my setup had and should be sufficient to drive 3 displays (as soon as drivers are available).
My understanding of http://www.nvidia.com/object/3DV_Sys...echnology.html is that drivers should be available any day now

My CAVE project has been discontinued (restructuring ) and I will have to get a Nvidia 3D vision kit myself to get going with 3D again.

...oh, and you might start beginning to think about a new psu too (3x GTX 480 in *one* box and an oc'ed 980X and the rest of your system might bring a Galaxy 1000 to its limits ).
...and I would start thinking about temperatures in the box too.
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