XFX’s Triple Display Monitor Stand

Way back in 2009 (or, by computing standards, long before the advent of color television and running water), AMD unleashed its Radeon HD 5000-series graphics cards. Those cards were the first to feature AMD’s Eyefinity multi-display technology, which enables gaming across as many as six monitors. Triple-display Eyefinity configs are, of course, just as feasible and quite a bit more practical to boot.

Adjusting a trio of monitors for optimal gaming goodness is best achieved using a triple-display stand. Unfortunately, gamers have faced an uphill battle to source stands capable of coping with the physical heft of triple gaming monitors, all the while satisfying their adjustability needs. Companies like Ergotron have been offering multi-monitor desk stand solutions since the dawn of time, but those tend to be targeted at professional users with smaller panels. Thankfully, however, the winds of change appear to be picking up.

As something of a multi-monitor aficionado, I jumped at the opportunity to check out a new triple-display monitor stand from XFX. To date, my multi-monitor experiences have consisted of strictly business, home-brewed mounting schemes without much regard for aesthetics. What XFX brings to the table is a professional stand targeted at the Eyefinity panoramic gaming community. The extra screen real estate can certainly be enlisted for more productive uses, but the aggressive angular styling of the base gives a not-so-subtle clue as to the target market.

Pricing and specifications

The XFX Triple Display Monitor Stand should soon show up at your friendly local e-tailer with an asking price of $379. For this cash outlay, you get a stand capable of holding up to three 24″ LCD monitors on fully adjustable mounts that can be tweaked for height, tilt angle, and landscape or portrait rotation. The mounts are compatible with both 75-mm and 100-mm VESA standards. Most monitors should support one of those mounting arrangements, but it’s always in your best interest to double-check before taking the plunge.

The stand’s base includes a two-port USB 2.0 hub, headphone and microphone jacks, cable-management clips, and a hidden compartment for stashing the included Allen wrenches when you’re done adjusting your displays. The bold styling of the base is perhaps the defining feature of this product. You would be forgiven if you mistook it for the flightless offspring of a F-117 Nighthawk and a Cylon Raider. Tipping the scales at about 12 pounds, the base is also quite hefty. That’s a good thing, because it contributes to the stability of a fully assembled triple-display setup.

Assembly and installation

Setting up the stand is a relatively straightforward affair. Testing out the different monitor configurations and adjusting the mounts to your liking does take a little time, but a well-illustrated installation guide walks you through each step of the process. I do have a couple of first-hand tips to offer, however.

Once the main pole is inserted into the base, it must be twisted clockwise and tightened down. This design is meant to ensure a snug fit, and while I was able to manhandle the post into place, it is essentially stuck now. A quick dab of lubricant on the threads will probably save you some headaches and prevent bodily harm during future disassembly.

You will also want to verify that the horizontal monitor arm is not installed upside-down before putting the plastic sealing cap on the top of the mounting post. This cap has a tear-drop-shaped cable-management hook intended for webcam or microphone cords, but it also prevents the monitor arm from being removed. The cap was such a tight fit that I cracked the plastic hook while attempting to pry it off. Ultimately, I shaved off the tear-drop section with a pocket knife to avoid completely destroying the cap.

Several clip-on cable-management hooks can be attached after you’ve securely fastened the pole and monitor arm. The kit also includes a USB 2.0 cable and two audio cords for connecting the base’s headphone and microphone jacks to your computer. On my PC, attaching the headphone cable to the top/front panel headphone connector shuts off the speakers, even when no headphones are plugged into the base. That’s an issue with my computer and not the monitor stand itself, but it’s something worth considering if your PC happens to behave similarly. To a certain extent, you can control the behavior of your front audio jack through Windows’ Sound control panel, but you may still have compromise, like by having to turn off your speakers manually when using headphones.

The USB 2.0 and audio ports are positioned vertically along the central part of the base.

To mount your displays, simply attach the included VESA mounting brackets to the back of each monitor using the provided screws and clip them onto each arm. A spring-loaded pin located in each mount pops down into a groove, preventing the monitors from falling off and getting damaged. To reposition a monitor on the arm, simply lift the security pin, slide your monitor to a new position, and release the pin again. I was impressed with the ease of installation and robustness of the XFX mounts.

With your displays in place, the mounts allow you to control the tilt, height, and rotation angle. My favorite adjustment mechanism is the height knob found on the side-display arms. This knob is connected to a large screw that will raise or lower the side displays depending on which direction you turn, making alignment of the edges of the panels very quick, accurate, and easy. It should be mentioned that the middle display mount does not have a height adjuster—only tilt and rotation controls. To raise or lower the middle screen, you must loosen the entire monitor arm and slide it up or down the vertical post as desired. If your monitors are already attached, I would recommend enlisting a second person to help, because the added weight can make that an awkward and dangerous undertaking.

You can arrange your displays in any combination of landscape or portrait mode layouts. Everybody has their own preferences in this regard, but after some quality time fiddling with the orientation options, I found that my favorite arrangement was simply having all monitors in landscape mode. That configuration provides the best panoramic gaming experience, as well. The rotation mechanisms were a little too loose out of the box, which meant that a slight bump would throw the monitors off-level. The rotation friction is adjustable, but you can’t get to the tightening bolt without removing the installed monitor.

Adjusting the alignment and angles of the displays is very much a trial-and-error process. A bubble level and a ruler are extremely useful tools to have on hand during this adventure.

Conclusions

The XFX Triple Display Monitor Stand is certainly not for everybody. The $379 asking price alone will put it beyond the justifiable reach of many. For a little perspective, you can pick up three new, 21.5″, 1920×1080 Acer monitors for about the same price as the stand by itself. Whether that is an indictment of the cost of the stand or of monitor quality, I’ll leave for you to decide. For the record, though, I’ve been quite happy with these monitors.

In my view, this stand has two major things going for it. The first and most obvious attribute is its looks. Let’s face it, looks matter, and this stand is a showstopper. The massive, menacing base, and seemingly hovering side monitors look both professional and elite. Honestly, next to this setup, my Mickey-Mouse, cantilever arm operation of yesterday looks embarrassing. The XFX stand is a piece of gear of which one can truly be proud.

The second outstanding attribute is the quality. This stand is weighty, solid, adjustable, and built to last. The quality of materials used and the construction of its parts is impressive. At no point was I ever worried about the safety of the monitors attached to the rig or the desk on which the stand was sitting. XFX thoughtfully applied plenty of rubber to protect the surface of the desk and to keep things from sliding around.

Going forward, I would personally love to see XFX offer an expansion option that enables a two-tiered Eyefinity 6 configuration with this stand. The top of the center pipe is hollow, which might enable such a contraption—or might allow some motivated DIY type to continue building upward. We understand no such plans are in motion at XFX because the target market is simply too small. You can’t blame me for dreaming, though.

At the end of the day, the multi-monitor Eyefinity gaming market just got a little bit more interesting. XFX has created a striking companion product for its Eyefinity capable graphics cards that is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Can you mount three displays for less money? Absolutely, but you’ll be hard pressed to reproduce the “wow” factor created by this particular solution.

Comments closed
    • mcZEd38
    • 8 years ago

    Nice review. Finally someone is addressing the issue of triple monitor stands. I’ve been running a Planar 997-6035-00 for nearly a year now. It serves the function but it’s not great. The weight of my U2410’s weighs down the outer arms alot making it impossible to get proper alignment of all 3 monitors. There always is a small uneven gap between the center and side monitor bezels. I think Planar is kind of pushing it when they claim the stand is good for 3 24’s.

    Is the XFX holding up your outer monitors with no gaps? Any chance you can provide some close up pics of the alignment of center and side montiors?

    As for users who don’t see value in triple head setup I suppose they don’t play alot of driving games or sims. The extra screen space provided and with sims/games that allow for adjustment of FOV the triple head immersion can’t be matched by a single 30″ screen. With a strong enough card and proper tweak to settings, frame rates and picture quality don’t suffer on a triple head setup either.

    • deegee
    • 8 years ago

    I own one of these XFX tri-stands. I was one of the first people to purchase it from NCIX.
    I also work in the video game industry. I just have this to say about that…

    At my office there are multiple computer systems with multiple display configurations, including one system with this XFX tri-stand.

    I ran for many months in a triple Samsung BX2440 24″ + HD6970 Eyefinity configuration for gaming.
    The big downside is that even though many games support the Eyefinity wide 5760×1080 resolution, both of the side monitors are so badly stretched that it makes them almost useless, so effectively you are still spending 98% of the time looking at the center monitor which at 24″ is still only 1920×1080. Only two games that I played worked really well on Eyefinity (Dirt 2 and Crysis/CW).

    So… I changed the Eyefinity setup out to a Dell U3011 30″ IPS 2560×1600 monitor — it beats down the Eyefinity setup with no comparison. The Dell ultra-high resolution totally beats out the Eyefinity center monitor resolution, plus the overall lower resolution (2560×1600 vs 5760×1080) improves framerate, and the Dell ultra-high resolution almost negates the need for AA, and finally the IPS panel with 99% adobeRGB 100% sRGB gamut completely beats down the 24″ TN panels for visual quality.

    Regarding the XFX tri-stand, it is now being used on a non-gaming development system in a dual monitor configuration with a 27″ and 24″ monitor.

    In my (semi) expert opinion, spend your money wisely, and instead of spending it all on 3×24″ TN monitors and this XFX stand, instead get a Dell U3011, you will be glad that you did.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    Seems like this is going to be a tough sell. Either, they should target the lower cost consumer who’d be more likely to buy 24″ or less screens or target the high cost consumer who would go for 27+” screens. But to make a high cost item for the smaller screens is just silly.

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    $379? XFX wants to make a tidy profit. No thanks. If I were looking for one of these I’d look for one that’s from China. It’s not that hard to make and chances are it’ll be good enough. Probably would cost less than a hundred bucks.

    • anotherengineer
    • 8 years ago

    Mr David Morgan, I am more interested in your keyboard wrist pad. What brand is it and where can I get one??

    And is that DAS keyboard?? You like??

      • David_Morgan
      • 8 years ago

      I honestly don’t remember :S I went to Micro Center 3 or so years ago to buy the “Das Keyboard” and got the wrist pad as well since the “Das” does not come with a palm rest.

      [url<]http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0201272[/url<] <-- that might be it, but again, I don't remember the brand. I do recall that it cost me $20 at the time and is made with memory foam, not that gel crap. It has held up extremely well over three years of heavy use. I love both bits of equipment, the "Das" especially. I might try to sneak in a 3-year long-term review/blog post about it sometime, when the others aren't looking 😉

    • RtFusion
    • 8 years ago

    The bottom stand looks distracting to me. I’d like something a little more plainer looking.

    • danny e.
    • 8 years ago

    would be nice for work.
    Currently we’re all using dualies which is nice.. but 3>2.

    Typically I have SSMS open on one screen and code on the other.. but usually have to move things around as I’m comparing code from one solution to another version.. Yup, 3 would be nice.

    • Cuhulin
    • 8 years ago

    I use 3 23″ now, but on individual stands. I have some difficulty understanding the benefit of the single stand, given the size that is necessary for it. It would not seem to free up desk space, which is what I Imagine would be desired.

    A single wall-mount might be very nice, but there too, the weight would be an issue.

    As to why three monitors, it’s not hard to understand. One keeps daily on-going items like Outlook for calendar, email and the like. One is what I am working on. One is for the web and research. Yes, it’s broad — I don’t concentrate on more than one at a time — but everything is easily at hand. 23″ monitors are much less expensive than 24’s right now, so it wasn’t that expensive.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    The setup of vertical-horizontal-vertical that you have in a couple spots is a really appealing design. I wonder if there is a good match for a 30 inch 2560×1600 (like the U3011) with two flanking smaller screens with similar orientation(like the U2011). That would look good and feel great. Right now triple monitor setups feel like a compromise but that would be an amazing setup with no drawbacks.

    I originally thought about that setup but haven’t been able to find a proper match in monitors. Have any of you guys seen one?

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      here:

      [url<]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v339/Inuyasha32/WP_000072.jpg[/url<] like in this thread: [url<]http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=862341&page=914[/url<] and this thread: [url<]http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=64&start=0&t=19007[/url<]

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        here is a website that makes and sells these setups.

        [url<]http://www.cinemassivedisplays.com/Trio_30DX.php[/url<]

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      I appears from my brief research that you cannot accomplish PLP or 20x30x20 without going back to 2007 My current monitor is a dell 2408wfp-hc and an asus 24 inch TN panel. I Love the dell even now despite moderately weak black and grey levels. The idea of having to go all the way back to 2007 is kinda iffy to me. I might start a forum topic about building such a setup.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      Do you always talk to yourself this much? How many cats do you own?

        • SHOES
        • 8 years ago

        +1 lol

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        I’m more of a fish/dog person. lol 😛

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 8 years ago

          here is the thread I started : [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=76693[/url<]

    • thermistor
    • 8 years ago

    I did the Eyefinity on a budget, but I’m quite happy with the old Samsung 22″ 225BW’s that I’m running as their bezels are narrow all the way around the display. My 6850 just can’t push 3 x 1920 x 1200 pixel displays running new games, so I’d spring for a new card before getting this stand.

    Having said that, I have a large Steelcase-esque corner desk where the 3 displays on their stock stands reside. Because of the width, the edges of the displays are right at the edge of the desk – and my kids bump them when they walk by…

    If they had something basic for $100-$150, I would be much more tempted. But this stand is really, really nice and I can see a less-budget-conscious user going for it.

    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    i would think that those Acers cost total way way less than the stand itself…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t know about “way less”, we’re talking about monitors under $127 a piece, for 1920×1080. That’s actually a little bit low, even for TN panels. Or maybe I’m behind the times.

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    I once had two 24″ LCD’s side by side, and I dare say for day-to-day use it was [i<]too[/i<] large. When you have to turn your head significantly to see a mouse pointer, things get awfully awkward. Putting in portrait was worse, as it frequently left an LED status light in the middle of the bezel break, and I'd just be tilting my head up/down. For gaming, it should be fine... as long as you are actually gaming a few feet back from that desk... We sure live in an awkward lifestyle where these setups are necessary. Seems like a very high quality projector would be a better way to go here.

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      With the right applications and work flow 2 24 inch monitors is not enough, I have 2 and could use a 3rd if I was still working from home.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Except a very high quality HD projector would cost enormous amounts, is very dependant on lighting and room setup. If you’ve got tens of thousands to spend on a home theatre then go with projector and lazyboy, but multi monitor is far more practical for 99.9% of people.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    looks good but price price price. I’ll just wall mount my own solution.

    • nagashi
    • 8 years ago

    Yeeeeeeahhhh, I actually really want this, but all 3 of my monitors cost me about $400 total (mostly the center one, 28″ for $300). I’d probably buy at $100.

    • MrJP
    • 8 years ago

    In your final setup photo, the edges of the track kink across the screen boundaries. Is it possible to adjust the angle of view in the game settings to correct for this, or does it imply that the three screens really nedd to be setup in one plane (i.e. no toe-in on the outer screens)?

      • David_Morgan
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, in the Eyefinity control panel you can adjust the “Bezel Compensation” to account for different widths. It’s not a very elegant method of adjustment however, and it takes some trial and error.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Does the base have mounting holes to allow it to be bolted to the desk surface if desired?

      • David_Morgan
      • 8 years ago

      I’ll have to take a closer look at it this evening to see if the base’s shroud comes off, but as far as I remember seeing it was just rubber feet. Unless your desk is on a pretty steep incline though you won’t have any stability issues.

        • dpaus
        • 8 years ago

        Your photo shows it sitting on a desk that’s in a corner. If it’s used in a corporate environment, it could well be on a free-standing surface out in the open. Having someone bump it with an elbow or a large box they’re carrying could have disasterous consequences if it’s not bolted down.

          • David_Morgan
          • 8 years ago

          The stand does not appear to be designed for bolt-action… but it’s nothing a drill and a good bit couldn’t fix 😉

            • dpaus
            • 8 years ago

            Yeah, but it’s disappointing that they never even thought of it.

    • drfish
    • 8 years ago

    [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=70862<]Meh...[/url<] 😉 [i<]Edit: Rather, for that price I'm ok with how crappy homebrew solutions look. functionality wise that thing has nothing to ofter that I want.[/i<]

    • jalex3
    • 8 years ago

    not buying until I can get 3x 24″ 16-10 led ips @ 2ms with 5mm bezels. JIZZ!

    • potatochobit
    • 8 years ago

    interesting
    I have not made the move to triple monitors yet since its not economical and I’m not sure about making the move to 3D yet
    I think it’s still too early
    but if they ever release a game -with current gen graphics – and it doesn’t suck, then I might reconsider it
    I am so glad I didnt get triple monitors for that crap FFXIV

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    Till the time they don’t come out with something without bezel, i am not sold.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Same. Seen a few monitors/TV with very very small bezels but most of these were giant 50″ TV’s or just trade show prototypes. Havent come across one in my day to day travels across the internet that is remotely in my price range.

      Until monitors stop coming with up 2-4cm bezels on all sides, im going to be a single monitor man.

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