3 Monitor Array versus 4 Monitor Array
But it’s only one more monitor, right? WRONG! I’m going to discuss the difference between a 3 monitor array and 4 monitor array; including the trading pc hardware you need to get set up correctly. But before we get to the nitty-gritty, I also want to discuss some of the advantages of using both a 3 and 4 monitor array over using a traditional single monitor computer. And while this may seem obvious to some people, I still recommend you read, because you might just learn something new, which could save you thousands of dollars and hours of work.
So, what am I talking about? Well a case study done just a few years ago pointed out the fact that the typical office worker can spend hours every week switching between applications. That means if you’re pay employees to work, you could be paying them for up to a week of work that they simply aren’t doing, by no fault of their own. Interesting huh? And I know a lot of you trade stocks, so how about day traders productivity with a single monitor setup? Well, with day trading, staying on top of stats and figures is the key to staying ahead of the curve. If you’re switching between applications, not only could this cause a lag in your stats display (think refresh lag), but depending on the computing power you require, you could risk down time due to a crash- as most crashes happen between application changes.
Ok, so you know why you need multiple screens, so what do you need to know about a 3 monitor array versus a 4 monitor array? Well, five main factors differentiate between 3 and 4 monitors: the stand; the monitors; the video card(s); the processor; RAM. I’m going to briefly touch on each one of these factors to help you make a well informed decision when you go to purchase your 3 monitor or 4 monitor array, depending on which you decide will work best for you.
When it comes to the stand, your options are between vertical (one on top of another) and horizontal (side by side). Most people choose a horizontal display, because it makes a little more intuitive sense. But because of space constraints, you might be better off with a vertical placement. This is really a matter of placement, and as far I know there isn’t any scientific evidence to suggest one is better than the other. However, if you go with vertical stands you will be limited to 3 monitors. At the time of writing, I’m not aware of a simple solution for a 4 monitor vertical array, although there are custom solutions available.
Video cards are constantly being updated, and because of the technology constantly being improved. At the time of writing this, my favorite video card for both a 3 and 4 monitor computer system is the 512MB GDDR3 NVS450 Quadro4 which is Workstation Certified. This is my favorite card by far. I highly recommend.
Processors: I recommend both for a 3 monitor array or 4 monitor array that you go with the Intel i7 Dual Core processor which boast an impressive 3.33 GHz (x2) of processing power. This will be more than enough power for 3 or 4 monitors- and will even leave some room for upgrade if you so choose to do so at a later date. I would not suggest choosing a processor less than the Intel i5. Doing so could cause issues.
Ram: Get 8 GBs of DDR3. This will help squash any lags that may occur. If you must try and save here, you mustn’t buy less than 4 GBs DDR3! Doing so could prove disastrous.
Hope this helps! Go get yourself a new 3 or 4 monitor array and watch your productivity and hence profits SOAR!