Samsung MD230X3 Eyefinity 3x1 Display - Real World and Gaming

Article Index
Samsung MD230X3 Eyefinity 3x1 Display
MD230X3 Features and Specs
Technical Testing the MD230X3
Real World and Gaming

Performance - Text:

The majority of my desktop application of an LCD is text and internet browsing and I used the MD230X3 in this regard as a massive desktop display in both orientations for a couple of weeks.  The resolution of each LCD is 1920x1080 and can be configured as a  5760x1080 display or as a 3240x1920 display.  It is incredible the amount of desktop real-estate that you get with a display like this.  For general text and internet use, the MD230 panels are great and it produces very good, crisp text in either orientation.

 

Performance - Gaming:

I thought I was pretty spoiled with a 24" 1920x1200 display or even my 30" 2560x1600 display, but after gaming at 3240x1920, I've got to say that gaming at this resolution on about 42" of screen is pretty sweet.  While the black borders are definitely noticeable at first, they almost seem to disappear after a few hours of gaming.  This is where at 3x1 setup is superior to a 3x2 setup.  In first person shooters, or where you eye is drawn to the middle of the screen, the bezel would get in the way.  With the 3x1 setup, the focal point is unobstructed and provides a great viewing experience.  With the LCDs tipped inward, you have a peripheral vision as to what is going on - especially in games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops.  I've included some multiplayer gameplay footage as well as a full resolution image that you can take a look at and see how much detail you get at 3240x1920.

 


Click for massive image.

 

Conclusion:

Wow.  If you've spent your life gaming at a 17" - 19" screen and haven't experienced a game on anything bigger at a 22" LCD, there really are no words to describe gaming at 3240x1920.  Even if you've gamed on a full 1080p large TV, keep in mind that the MD230X3 setup is THREE TIMES the resolution of a single 1080p panel.  The amount of pixels you get make the game look great.  There are several downsides to this setup however.  First is obviously the cost.  This isn't limited to just the screen package at $1800 either.  You'll need a good card (or two) like the HD 5870 or better in order to power these screens at full resolution in your favorite game.

Another drawback is panel performance.  If you watch the video above, you'll notice some obvious ghosting in the video.  This isn't as obvious when you're sitting in front of the MD230X3 yourself, but it is there and it is noticeable.  I'm used to gaming on a 5ms or faster screen that shows no obvious artifacting or ghosting.

Another drawback is cable clutter.  While you can do a much better job of hiding cables than I did, the truth is that you still have three video cables coming off your card as well as power cables, USB cables and more.  In the end, this MD230X3 probably uses close to 50' of cabling to make it happen.

With those drawbacks out of the way, the end result is pretty amazing.  The thin bezels are certainly much better than first generation Eyefinity packages and they offer a much clearer view of the screens.  If you have the card to power these, as well as a budget that can afford to spend the money, I'd recommend them for play or productivity.  In the end, it's all about the game though, right?


Pros:

  • Nice narrow bezels
  • Everything included for total landscape or portrait setup
  • Accurate color and good image quality
  • 3240x1920
  • 5760x1080
  • Control included works for individual or all displays
  • You can add extra MD230 panels to upgrade your display


Cons:

  • LCD response time is a little slow
  • Ghosting noticed in some games
  • HEAVY
  • Quite expensive

 

BCCRating
 
Gold

 

Even though I have to be fair and show that this isn't the greatest display in the world, the reality is that the experience is incredible.  I can't wait to see what the next generation of panels is like.  I'm sure they'll have better performance and an even thinner bezel for a better experience.

I'd like to thank Samsung for loaning the MD230X3 to us for the review.  It's a shame that it has to go back so soon, but it has been fun while it lasted.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "comment" link below.