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Eyefinity 3 monitor setup - will it run on my spec?

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April 21, 2013 5:11:44 PM

Hi Guys

I am currently looking into eyefinity setup for 3 screens (5760x1080) I am wondering if my current setup will let me run games such as BF3 at a decent framerate on high settings ( I am aware that I cannot run at Ultra just with 1 GFX card), I am also running Lucid Virtu are there no problems with evefinity compability? It really gives a nice boost to the GFX at least in benchmarks.

My build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Plextor PX128-M5S
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Also from what I read I can increase performance by lowering the resolution to 4800x900, does that really make that much of a difference? Currently nothing is OC'd so can get some power there too.


Is it worth it on this build or should I drop it untill I get a seconf GFX card?

April 21, 2013 5:23:16 PM

I think if you are willing to sacrifice a bit as in say run around medium settings you'd be fine and keep your aa down as well it will suck a ton of vram with that setup. I have a gtx titan in a 3 monitor surround setup and while with 6 gigs I can run most stuff on high a game like crysis 3 I can't even touch on high aa its just too much. By the way nice case I bought one of them not long ago too they are really fun to put together and excellent to change anything you need out. Good airflow, temps and noise I found.
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April 21, 2013 5:31:03 PM

Ye I love the case too, shame the stock fans are loud as hell :p  I wish I could try this out before paying cash for 2 additional displays, I guess I could try first if I borrow 2 of them :D 
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April 21, 2013 5:39:35 PM

Well I have tried a 670 which are very close to the 7950 performance wise and when i did that with 3 monitors I needed to drop the settings to around medium sometimes a bit higher depending on how well the game was optimized. Yea I didn't even turn my case on with the stock fans I just toss them out and dropped in noctua nf-p12's. Runs so quiet now I only know its on when I see the lights on power button. I think you'd be ok though with your current setup and multimonitors just don't expect to run at the absolute max settings. Running at a lower resolution will help quite a bit as the gpu wouldn't have nearly as much to render. Just keep your AA settings down a bit you will find that it will suck a lot of vram running triple monitors.
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April 21, 2013 5:42:36 PM

As well to consider is that if you do get another card later on to go with this one you will want a larger power supply. While that one is good I think you will run into issues with 2 of those gpu's running especially if you do overclock at all.
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April 21, 2013 5:44:31 PM

One more thing I forgot to mention I believe in eyefinity setup as well you need an active displayport adapter to run one of the monitors or it will not work.
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April 21, 2013 5:55:28 PM

I got 1 inbox with my card, I know I will need a second one as I'm using my HDMI as a TV output, lucky for me the second one can be passive.

Or can I use HDMI from the mainboard to stream to the TV? Need to check on that.
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April 21, 2013 9:30:01 PM

Ok just be aware as well that if you try to use hdmi to a monitor you will be restricted to 60hz. You will need either displayports or dual link dvi to the monitors if you want to run them over that hz.
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April 21, 2013 9:35:44 PM

I was thinking to run DVI + 2 display ports (one active one passive DVI adapter) for the monitors and one of the 2 HDMI (either the card one or mobo one) for the TV.
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April 21, 2013 9:42:54 PM

Yea that sounds like it should work. Probably best just to output everything off the card itself though.
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