Red vs Green vs Blue - Conclusion

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So which is the best setup to go for?

I've drawn up a CheatSheet that looks at the Pros and Cons of each setup. This should help people assess the different setups to the others, as what I see as unimportant may be a deal-breaker to you. As with all the images, click on it to bring up a larger version. If you are not sure what I mean by something, refer back to the page in this article that talks about it.

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I wish I could make a mash-up of the different systems.

I love the way the Triplehead2Go handles maximising windows and the turning off the outside monitors when running a single monitor fullscreen application, but I can’t stand the breaking of some in-game elements like centered HUDs and it’s expensive. I love Eyefinity’s customization of the desktop, but the troublesome drivers are painful, the tearing isn’t great, and the duplication of single monitor fullscreen games on all 3 monitors sucks. I love Nvidia Surround’s clean setup and reliable drivers, but SLI is troublesome on some games and the large drop in performance when running a single monitor fullscreen game is beyond comprehension.

So what do I think, after 3 weeks of comparisons? So hard to say.

My gut feeling is to buy the biggest baddest Eyefinity card you can, pray that the drivers install ok, live with its flaws and enjoy the good times. Even if it is not as good value as the Nvidia setup and it's painful to setup, once it's going you don't have to worry changing to a single monitor desktop to run single monitor fullscreen applications and you don't have to worry about SLI support in games. To me, it’s the best of 3 imperfect setups.

If you’re looking to buy a triple-monitor setup, I hope you found this article useful in making your decision. Cheers!


This article has been superseded by Red vs Green vs Blue V2! Please refer to Version 2 for the latest information available.