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3 Monitors on 2 card SLI options

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April 3, 2013 1:17:38 PM

Greetings Hardware experts and aficionados,

I really want to go the route of 3 monitors for my system. I'm currently running two but I have never done any SLI configuration before so I figured to come and get some feedback.

Presently I am running an ASUS Maximus Extreme IV (R.3) with an ASUS ENGTX560 TI.

I have the option of buying another ASUS ENGTX560 TI but I was considering going the route of upgrading my graphics card to two GTX 660s since it would be a pretty significant upgrade. It does throw an extra $200 in the mix for the 2 cards I would need, but it would mean a clear upgrade.

I was reading the best gfx card for the money march issue and noticed the PowerColor's HD7870 PCS+ which is also in the same price range. (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930...)

I'm not a big fan of Radeon but if its at the same pricepoint and I'll get better performance with the 3 monitor system over the 660, I wouldn't be opposed to it.

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The alternate monitors are for utility where the primary monitor (a nice 27") is for gaming. I don't want to negatively impact gaming performance for the sake of a 3rd monitor but I'm definitely set on needing / wanting 3 monitors in total without a loss of gaming performance.

Considering my Motherboard capabilities and my current graphics card, what good suggestions do any community experts have for me.

I appreciate anyone that can take the time to review this and give me some solid feedback.

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April 3, 2013 1:34:00 PM

Instead of 2 660's, go for a single 670 or 680, you can run 3 monitors on one of those and don't have to deal with any stuttering issues, and then in the future you can upgrade with another 670 or 680.
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April 3, 2013 1:43:38 PM

Thanks for the quick response. Looking at some of the options.... the 670 4GB seems like a clear choice for 3 monitors in my search. Some mention an active displayport.... what would I need to connect all 3 monitors to the single card?
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April 3, 2013 1:47:31 PM

You can use any combo depending on what your monitors support, most I believe use the two DVI ports and an HDMI, but if you have a monitor that takes display port you can add that into the combination.
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April 3, 2013 1:50:54 PM

Thanks for your input I greatly appreciate it. I'll just go the route of DVIx2 and HDMI.
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