On 8/14/2020 at 10:32 AM, sirbuzzkill said:
Hey man, first of all thank you so much for all your input. You obviously know your stuff. Let me run this by you though. I am running 32 gb of ddr3 ram. So i have been playing Iracing for about 1 month now. Iracing will legit run on a potato. I got it running on low settings on a Thinkpad with a dual core i5 and onboard intel graphics. It's kind of known within the community that the "minimum specs" are a joke. With that being said, on a single 1080 screen with all settings maxed out i am getting 120-150 fps at any given time during a live race. Any idea if that makes a difference in your answer, or does it remain the same? Lastly, what do you think about a single high quality ultrawide (similar FOV way less work on the gpu) it seems to be catching on within the sim community, obviously everyone has a preference. Thanks again.
AFAIK the ability for a graphics card to send multi-screen output of a single instance can be very hard if the game is not doing it well. IK that iRacing has done it well, but then you still have to deal with the configurations within windows, your Nvidia control panel, and within iRacing, all of which can be a serious headache before you realize that your bezels don't line up with your car's A-pillar and it blocks even more of your screen.
If you are ok with a little under 60 fps with lower settings (IDK what the normal graphical settings options in iRacing are, I have never played it, touched, it, and have only seen a couple live streams. So IDK if "max" means ultra or high. Either way you will need to turn it down pretty much everything but AA and shaders. For some reason every livestream I saw that day everyone was capped at 88 fps, it was weird. It was an official iRacing event that youtubers like SuperGT and Jimmy Broadbent were in.) you could probably get away with a 6GB 1060 on an ultrawide just fine with those decreased options. But if you want more than 60 fps
Ultrawides are good bc it is less cables, a lot less setup, you should be able to spread your HUD out more, and your higher FOV will actually look natural.
If you do want to go with a 3 (1080p) monitor setup, you need a new GPU, and other stuff, it will be expensive, bc you should also consider buying the Asus ROG ABF01 which Anthony reviewed here three months ago, but it is over $100 iirc.
A curved (if you were planning on having the three monitors in a curve around you then you should be fine, if your desk can't do then u will have problems either way) ultrawide is better than a multi monitor setup bc you will get higher FPS bc there is less overhead from the GPU/CPU (I don't actually know, either it is taken care of by the Nvidia drivers and the GPU, or taken care of by Windows on the CPU, idk) having to calculate which part of the scene goes on which monitor. Drawing triangles and textures onto the pixels of three seperate screens could be really hard on a 1060. That means your statement on "similar FOV less work on the GPU" is 100% correct.
One other big problem with ultrawides, in order to get anything like the combined resolution of a two or three monitor setup, you will have to pay A LOT. An ultra wide that could come close to a 3 monitor setup would have to be 16:5 or 32:9. (3840x1080 (32:9) is just two 1080p screens, but some of them actually allow you to have them split down the middle like two 1080p monitors without one of the side bezels, which is nice if you also have something like a console on the side). At that point we are talking about a starting point of $800 for a single ultrawide curved monitor. They also start at like 120Hz, but you won't hit that with a 1060-6GB. You need a GPU upgrade tho if u are going this far (for this much $), and I would recommend a used 1070ti, bc the extra clock speeds and 2GB more VRAM will help a lot. Used prices afaik are around $375 USD and up. This means spending a lot of time on ebay and craigslist.
Or for less money you could overclock your CPU and buy a VR headset and have even more fun in iRacing. Availability of VR headsets might be low, but you can get a Oculus Rift S, a really good budget headset for $400-500. You prob don't need to even upgrade your graphics card, just use MSI Afterburner to overclock it a little bit and if your CPU and case cooling is good overclock your CPU too. You bought a K processor, it could become obsolete very soon, so why not make it relevant for a little bit longer with an overclock. Just remember to download a HW monitoring and temp monitoring program like HWInfo too.
Remember, none of this comes from any of my experience. I have never owned anything above a 1070, that 1070 was hooked up to a single monitor and a HTC Vive, and I have never played with ultrawides, more than 2 screen setups, dual or more screen gaming, or iRacing. If you do follow through with my advice, you are then on your own when it comes to configuring everything correctly bc I have no fucking clue.
I hope my over 1 hour of research for you is useful. Please put a react on all of the posts I have here and make sure to mark either this post or the one you quoted as "the answer."