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7870 LE/XT vs 660 ti for dual/triple monitors

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March 13, 2013 10:31:42 PM

Hi,
I'm thinking about a new computer build and was wondering if I should get a 7870 LE/XT or a 660 TI. I'm probably going to either be running 2 or 3 1080p monitors. Which will give me the best performance? So far I'm leaning towards the 7870 LE/XT because of it's tahiti type architecture and the fact that a good over clock can take it into the range of a 7950.

Thanks in Advance :D 
March 13, 2013 11:14:02 PM

for triple 1080p I would take the 7950 actually for its 3GB of VRAM but between the 660ti and the 7870XT I would take the 7870XT
March 13, 2013 11:15:38 PM

You'll need that extra 1GB of VRAM on the 7950 or 7970. A 2GB 660Ti or a 7870 LE will crash and burn when it comes to triple monitors. Dual monitors should be fine, as you'll more than likely only be playing on one.
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March 13, 2013 11:24:37 PM

Also Eyefinity is generally considered a better solution that Nvidia Surround.
March 14, 2013 2:33:21 AM

JJ1217 said:
You'll need that extra 1GB of VRAM on the 7950 or 7970. A 2GB 660Ti or a 7870 LE will crash and burn when it comes to triple monitors. Dual monitors should be fine, as you'll more than likely only be playing on one.


+1

If you do only go for 1-2 monitors, go for the 7870 XT/LE over the 660 ti. Currently, I can find the 7870 XT on amazon for £200, wheras the 660ti is £230 or more. Rather insulting, consdering that the 7870XT is stronger than the 660ti, doesn't have a memory bandwidth bottlenck and O/C's better. Get it together, Nvidia.
March 14, 2013 1:18:18 PM

What does VRAM do for more monitors?
March 14, 2013 1:20:09 PM

If I get the 7870 LE and later on I want to add another monitor, total of three, would it be a good idea to CF by getting another? Thanks :D 
March 14, 2013 7:58:40 PM

You could but the 2gb of VRAM may become limiting

VRAM is used to store the grpahics stuff for the GPU

1080p high/ultra generally requires about 1gb in the latest games
So for 3 screens you'll want 2gb of vram at least and 3gb is best

There is an fine fine to decide for triple screen with low end gpu's like the 7770 1gb and 2gb would not make a difference as the gpu can't handle resolutions high enough to require more than 1gb of vram.

On the other hand, the 7870XT and the 7950 can be strong enough that for 1080p ultra x3 they can use up more than 2gb of vram
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