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Will I be able to run BF3/BF4 on 3 screens with my rig?

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August 9, 2013 11:35:13 AM

I already have a 23.6" monitor, and curious about getting 2 more.

Specs:

i5-3570k (currently not over clocked) 3.4ghz
8gb Ram
MSI GTX 670

If I cant run it fine on HIGH with this, then I dont want to, but just curious if it'd be possible with a single card.. Can't afford two monitors, plus BF4, plus another gtx 670

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August 9, 2013 11:42:54 AM

Honestly, that is questionable. Do you have the 2GB or 4GB version of the card?
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August 9, 2013 11:43:18 AM

Is there any other video card, below my gtx 670 that I could get to SLI and give me a GPU boost?
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August 9, 2013 11:44:14 AM

Beitzel15 said:
Is there any other video card, below my gtx 670 that I could get to SLI and give me a GPU boost?


No, when it comes to nVidia, you need another one of the exact GPU for SLI to work.
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August 9, 2013 11:44:30 AM

expl0itfinder said:
Honestly, that is questionable. Do you have the 2GB or 4GB version of the card?


I have the MSI GTX 670 power edition, 2gb
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August 9, 2013 11:45:35 AM

What's the best AMD single card for the money, that could run BF3 and BF4 on atleast HIGh settings by its self? I wouldnt mind getting a new card and trying to sell mine.
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August 9, 2013 11:58:58 AM

2 gb is not enough video ram to run the game on high settings at 1080p. you could do 3 monitors but not at 1080 to get 60+ FPS.
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August 9, 2013 12:08:40 PM

so a Single 7970 would run it on 3 mon. 1080 on high?
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August 9, 2013 12:14:34 PM

Beitzel15 said:
so a Single 7970 would run it on 3 mon. 1080 on high?


No. The only single card that could do that this the GTX 780, if you want 60+ FPS. And that card doesn't have very good bang for buck. The only viable option here is to grab a 4GB 670, and SLI it with your current 2GB one. Then, just save up for triple monitors.
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August 9, 2013 12:21:00 PM

That sucks, the 4gb cards are expensive. $370...

Wish I would have went with AMD to start with.
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August 9, 2013 12:35:36 PM

According to hardocp, you can game @5760x1200 on ultra*(fxaa and ssao) in BF3 with a HD7970(the older, non ghz ed. with stock clocks). They test in singleplayer in the review, and would likely turn down settings to high for smoother frame rates when playing online. Link to review here:

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/12/22/amd_radeon_hd...

You can also overclock a hd7970 quite a lot if it has a decent cooler like this one:\\

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope this helps.

Edit: Guessing you want to play online. Need a decent quad thread cpu as well. From what I've seen so far, BF4 may have similar system requirements compared to BF3, but they may be higher by the time it ships.
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August 9, 2013 12:43:05 PM

I would suggest selling the card and get like $200 for it.

Then spend it on a Sapphire 7990. It's only 670$ right now!!!
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August 9, 2013 12:54:27 PM

Or get 2xhd 7970 for 610$
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August 9, 2013 1:08:19 PM

True Marco, you'll get very similar performances.

However, you'll unable to upgrade further unless you've a x79 4 PCI slot board. Also, i don't really trust the scaling in Crossfires. 2 CF might be ok, but i heard bad micro stuttering issues for AMD when crossfired.

I would just not risk it, and get a 7990. It is the fastest single GPU on the planet, so you also get a lot of bragging rights. (It's slightly faster than 690 in most benchmarks i seen)

Hey, tell you friends you've a $1000 GPU XD
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August 9, 2013 1:39:13 PM

Only $200 out of my card? I paid $375 for it and its still $350 on newegg, only 3 months old too.

Im debating on either A) Leaving my pc as is, getting BF4 and getting an Xbox One (pc is for FPS's) or B) Waiting to see if the xbox one turns out to be crap, and spending the money on 2 more monitors and a vid. card...
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August 9, 2013 1:47:46 PM

Well if it's only 3 months old, you may be lucky to get around 250$ for it.

The main problem is that brand new sapphire card is going for only 300$, and that's a very solid card.

No one really trusts second handed cards really.
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August 9, 2013 1:55:19 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Only $200 out of my card? I paid $375 for it and its still $350 on newegg, only 3 months old too.

Im debating on either A) Leaving my pc as is, getting BF4 and getting an Xbox One (pc is for FPS's) or B) Waiting to see if the xbox one turns out to be crap, and spending the money on 2 more monitors and a vid. card...


Get 2 additional monitors, then decide whether you are fine with 1 gtx 670.
If you dont. Buy a cheap used gtx 670.

Why next gen console,
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August 9, 2013 8:05:56 PM

opponentmule2 said:
True Marco, you'll get very similar performances.

However, you'll unable to upgrade further unless you've a x79 4 PCI slot board. Also, i don't really trust the scaling in Crossfires. 2 CF might be ok, but i heard bad micro stuttering issues for AMD when crossfired.

I would just not risk it, and get a 7990. It is the fastest single GPU on the planet, so you also get a lot of bragging rights. (It's slightly faster than 690 in most benchmarks i seen)

Hey, tell you friends you've a $1000 GPU XD


The 7990 is not a good card at all. It is fast, but that isn't everything. There are horrible heat issues in most scenarios, and it has very bad frame time variance, making for a very undesirable gaming experience. Also, it is a dual GPU, not a single GPU. All it is is 2 7970 GHz cards in Xfire anyway, but worse all around and more expensive. Triple crossfire of any AMD card is your best bet, as for some reason, a third card eliminates any microstuttering issues.
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August 9, 2013 8:11:52 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
2gb or 4gb doesnt make a difference
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Pe...

4gb gpu with 2gb gpu doesnt make sense because it will only use 2 gb.


The games in those benchmarks are all nearly 2 years old or more. Modern games and next gen games will utilize more than 2 GB. So it may be best to sell the card he has currently, and grab a 760 4GB. That way, he has a next gen card, (not more powerful, however) that offers him an upgrade path and it is much cheaper than a 4GB 670 for near the same performance. That way, he can grab another one later on to get plenty of horsepower for triple monitor gaming.
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August 10, 2013 1:57:21 AM

Gtx 760 cant make use of 4gb because its too slow for 3x1080p
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August 10, 2013 5:24:54 AM

so, running the card i have now in SLI will not be enough to smoothly run triple screens?
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August 10, 2013 6:32:24 AM

Gtx 670 sli will do good in 3x1080p
Doesnt matter if its the 2gb or 4 gb version because for example bf3 on max. Settings will need less then 2 gb vram
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August 10, 2013 8:25:54 AM

So, What do you think about running a single GTX 670 on a single 29" 21:9 widescreen monitor instead of getting 3 16:9 monitors.... Would that be less demanding on the card being it'd only be one screen?

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August 10, 2013 8:25:59 AM

So, What do you think about running a single GTX 670 on a single 29" 21:9 widescreen monitor instead of getting 3 16:9 monitors.... Would that be less demanding on the card being it'd only be one screen?

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August 10, 2013 9:17:21 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Gtx 760 cant make use of 4gb because its too slow for 3x1080p


It is not too slow, you would just have to lower some settings. It would be cheaper than upgrading his current setup, and then it could be SLI'd later on.
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August 10, 2013 9:19:42 AM

Beitzel15 said:
So, What do you think about running a single GTX 670 on a single 29" 21:9 widescreen monitor instead of getting 3 16:9 monitors.... Would that be less demanding on the card being it'd only be one screen?



Yes, that would be a good alternative. That also eliminates any possible VRAM bottleneck for a little while, but I would still recommend grabbing another 670 down the road, as games will become more intensive.
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August 10, 2013 11:07:14 AM

Beitzel15 said:
so a Single 7970 would run it on 3 mon. 1080 on high?


BF favours nvidia cards, so you will be getting better performance and fps with a nvidia gpu.
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August 10, 2013 11:14:41 AM

Battlefield 4 will favor AMD. Due to the new Xbox and PS4 having 8 core AMD CPU's and AMD GPU's... I read that yesterday, so BF4 will be more geared towards AMD! :( 
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August 10, 2013 11:28:49 AM

Beitzel15 said:
Battlefield 4 will favor AMD. Due to the new Xbox and PS4 having 8 core AMD CPU's and AMD GPU's... I read that yesterday, so BF4 will be more geared towards AMD! :( 


That's true, but the advantage will not be significant. It's more of a marketing strategy.
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August 10, 2013 1:43:53 PM

crossfire 3 sapphire 7970 graphic cards
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August 10, 2013 1:44:32 PM

Guardianofterra said:
crossfire 3 sapphire 7970 graphic cards


That's a lot of money...
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