How to Setup Triple Curved Gaming Monitors

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Posted on July 24 2018


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For computer users who are used to having multiple monitors, it is actually really hard for them to return to work on a single monitor. Because not only the processors are equipped with multiprocessing capabilities; when the users use their computers, they would want to multi-task on their multiple screens as well. In fact, multi-tasking is just one of the many benefits of multiple monitor groups. When you play video games, a wider and broader screen will provide a better visual experience. This article will further utilize three units of MSI’s Optix MPG27CQ gaming grade large curved monitors, to guide you through the steps of configuring curved triple monitors, in order to give you the immersive and captivating gaming visual experience into the game world that only curved screen monitors can achieve.

The benefits of having multiple monitors

As computer monitor prices fall, a 24 inch Full HD (1080P) monitor is only considered basic in terms of specifications when upgrading monitors these days. There is an increasing trend to purchase monitors that are larger in size and with higher resolution. However, a single monitor with a very high resolution may not be as handy as two or three monitors with lower resolution combined. The reason is simple: the split screen functions and applications of a single monitor is not as convenient when compared to a multiple monitor setup.

The biggest advantage of having a multiple monitor setup is that it is suitable for "multi-tasking", which saves a lot of troubles of switching monitors constantly. Take two monitors for example, one can choose to have two monitors placed horizontally, or have one placed vertically and the other horizontally. The most common applications would be to have one webpage opened on each monitor, or type reports, look up information on the internet, watch movies, read comics, look at programming codes, convert files, post-process and edit images, chat on instant messaging programs, and play video games with game consoles such as a PS4, etc. For any application you can think of that keeps you very busy, you can improve its use efficiency through utilizing multiple monitors. In addition, when playing computer games with a multiple monitor setup, placing monitors horizontally will increase the resolution multiple times. For example, you may think that a single monitor with a 1920x1080 resolution is pretty good already, but having two monitors will give you 3840x1080, and three monitors total up to a whopping 5760x1080 resolution. With a wider field of vision, not only does it improve the visual experience, when playing first-person shooter (FPS) games or multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, having a larger field of vision will be a substantial advantage.

MSI Optix MPG27CQ 27 inch curved gaming display

The Optix are a series of monitors from MSI that have been tailor-made for gaming. Optix MPG27CQ is a 27 inch curved monitor with resolution of 2560x1440 which has adopted a 1800R curved VA panel, supporting a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and AMD FreeSync (adaptive synchronization technology). When three units of Optix MPG27CQ curved monitors are combined, the seamless curved screen will offer a significant improvement on the immersive experience, picture smoothness and the exhilarating visuals of games. In addition, its rear is attractively adorned with a mechanical style RGB-backlit pattern design, which further adds a touch of high-tech to the curved styling of these monitors. There are five RGB LED indicator lights located at the lower front part of the monitor; with the support of SteelSeries GameSense software, these indicator lights will light up in accordance with the ammunition, health or power status, etc. of many popular games, and this ingenious design is indeed very practical when it comes to gaming.

Curved triple monitors setup

These monitors have a refresh rate of 144Hz and an optimal screen resolution of 2560x1440 per monitor, which adds up to a high resolution of 7680x1440 when three monitors are combined. In order to take advantage of the AMD FreeSync technology supported by MSI’s Optix MPG27CQ 27 so that the game graphics can be even smoother, we strongly recommend using AMD’s “mid to higher end” discrete graphics cards to configure the three monitor output setup, to achieve the best and most complete gaming graphics and performance experience. Also, you will not have to worry about the display interface being incompatible, as graphics cards of this caliber most certainly are equipped with three to four HDMI or DisplayPort connector ports in line with the newest specifications, so there will be no problems at all when connecting these monitors. If your graphics card only supports the older D-Sub or DVI interfaces, then you will need to check if the monitor’s connector is compatible. In principle, we recommend to use the newest DisplayPort connectors for all connections.

Please refer to the following links for graphics cards and monitors that support AMD FreeSync technology:
Graphics cards that support AMD FreeSync
https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/free-sync

Monitors that support AMD FreeSync
https://www.amd.com/en/products/freesync-monitors

This time around, we will be using MSI’s Radeon RX580 MECH 2 8G OC graphics cards. There are 2 DisplayPort and 1 HDMI connector ports on the graphics card, and they are each connected to one of the three MSI Optix MPG27CQ 27 inch curved monitors, with the monitors placed horizontally. Before setting up the display layout configuration, we recommend to first update the Catalyst drivers of the AMD graphics cards, in order to achieve the best gaming performance. Updating drivers for graphics cards will require the computer to be restarted.

Download AMD graphics card drivers
https://support.amd.com/en-us/download

Figure 01 Right click on an empty space on the computer's desktop, and launch the AMD Radeon Settings app

Figure 02 Click on the "Eyefinity" at the top-right corner to configure multiple monitors

Figure 03 Click on "Advanced Setup"

Figure 04 Choose the display layout configuration "3x1", and then click "Next"

Figure 05 Click on the triangle anchor marks at the bottom right corner of the three monitors to rearrange the configuration. If rearrangement is not required, click "Next"

Figure 06 To use the monitor in the middle as the main display, click to set it as display number 1.

Figure 07 After completion of the display layout configuration, click "Next"

Figure 08 Click on the triangle anchor marks at the bottom right corner of the three monitors to adjust the alignment, and then click "Next"

Figure 09 Save the settings for the triple monitors, and then click "OK"「OK」

Figure 10 The triple monitor setup is complete.

Figure 11 Click on the "Display" page above

Figure 12 Confirm that the "AMD FreeSync" sync function is enabled for the three monitors

AMD FreeSync is a technology that prevents the game screen from tearing and lagging, which may result from the monitors' refresh rates not being in sync with the frame rates as output by graphics cards. This technology has already been set to enabled by default on MSI’s Optix MPG27CQ 27 inch curved monitors. Now, with the combination of three curved monitors, you will be able to fully enjoy the immersive experience achieved by the wide and smooth game graphics displayed on these monitors.

MSI Curved Gaming monitor with AMD Freesync technology model list: Optix MPG series, Optix MAG271CR, Optix MAG271C, Optix MAG241CR, Optix MAG241C (紅色字加超連結: https://www.msi.com/Landing/MSI_Optix_MAG271C_R )

See more here: https://www.msi.com/blog/what-makes-a-pc-monitor-best-for-gaming

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