KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 Ti MDT x5 review -
Final Words & Conclusion
Final Words & Conclusion
The KFA2 GeForce GTX 560 Ti MDT X5 is an interesting product in the sense that multi-monitor support works pretty darn well. The new technology is obviously a pilot for future cards. But let's face it, the GTX 560 Ti is not fast enough when you connect three or more monitors and combine it with modern DX11 game titles, you need a heck of a lot beefier GPU for that.
Then again if you are up for it, I can see some people with three 1280x1024 monitors expanding their resolution to 3840x1024, now that's not optimal performance wise, but certainly the somewhat dated titles like Far Cry 2, Counter Strike or say Left 4 Dead etc would run in a satisfactory performance if you do not go crazy in image quality settings. But yeah I agree .. the GTX 560 Ti is not the proper card to have this feature on.
However, we do hope that the dev team of Galaxy / KFA2 will further explore the feature on a nice beefy GeForce GTX 580 for example, as that's where it would become really interesting. For that better and most of all higher-resolution support is mandatory. I mean it's nice that up-to four monitors can be connected, but bezel wise nobody will ever use that. Focus on three monitor setups at 1920x1080/1200, is the strong advise I'd like to give Galaxy/KFA2.
Imagine that with a nice faster factory clocked GTX 580 and 3 GB memory (matters in high resolutions) with a nice and silent cooler that oozes performance ... that would be an experience comparable to making love to a woman -- oh wait .. three !
Lame pun aside, yeah this technology should be injected into the high-end range to make any real sense if we talk to the gaming audience. I do like the innovation, and sure the overall installation and setup is pretty sexy. Now KFA2 is targeted at gamers and thus so is this product, but the reality is also that you can drive a lot of monitors just in desktop mode of course. I personally work on 27" 2560x1440 and 30" 2560x1600 screens, but running three or four 1920x1200 monitors wouldn't suck either. So there is a market for a product like this, but again this card is limited to 1680x1050.
If you stick to one monitor, the GTX 560 obviously packs a decent punch to play the latest games pretty well up-to 1920x1200. It's with the latest DX11 titles like Crysis 2 with the HR texture pack where a card like this would slowly run into problems. But compromise a little on image quality and it's overall a fun card, no doubt about it.
So there you have it, the card with MDT technology will serve a very small audience, it however does work and it works well. Performance wise in a multi-monitor setup you'll need something beefier though. You could pop in a second card and activate NVIDIA Surround view mode, but by doing so you'd throw away the money you just invested in the MDT feature. For a business user or someone who would like to drive 3-4 monitors for his desktop, this might be an affordable alternative as well.
We can't wait to see their high-end gear with this feature. The card comes recommended, but only if you require a multi-monitor desktop with a single card or if you are willing to throttle down in monitor resolutions. But for Galaxy's / KFA2's first MDT solution, it remains a heck of a fun card though. At the time of writing we have no info available on availibility, it will however be launched this week.
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