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May 16, 2010 12:32:40 AM

I am currently running a geforce 260 gtx video card (2 dvi outputs and a svideo). I like the card but i seem to have run into a problem. I recently purchased a 40" hd tv and was looking forward to hooking it up to my current dual monitor setup via hdmi cable (current setup is 1 monitor that uses hdmi thats converted to dvi while the other monitor uses dvi). In its current state, i can either use monitor and tv or dual monitors. I was hoping to get a 3 display setup going. My current card wont support and it my board doesnt have any additional pci-e slots so i cant get an additional 260 gtx.

I was contemplating buying a Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 ($205 after rebate on newegg) as it is an overall upgrade for graphics and it supports up to 3 displays. With this possible solution comes another issue. In order to use more then 2 displays, the card requires you to use a displayport for a 3rd display.

Here is where i need advice. Should i use the Radeon HD 5830 or look for another card that doesnt require displayport. If i stick with a card that requires displayport, does anyone know where i can get an adapter (apparently it would require an active adapter unless the vid card can output hdmi or dvi through the displayport which i havent had any luck locating). My spending limit is $300.

EDIT: not sure if it matters but i want to run my tv and 1 monitor at 1920x1200 resolution and the second monitor at 1680x1050 resolution

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May 16, 2010 5:22:04 PM

Not really sure bout this as I am not quite familiar how Eyefinity works (so please don't blame me if i'm dead wrong), but I think all HD5xxx support 3 displays the same way, meaning no matter which HD5xxx you chose you still need a display port.
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May 16, 2010 5:40:22 PM

tstng is correct; if you want to run 3 displays off a single card, you will be using a display port
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May 16, 2010 5:49:39 PM

5830 is not worth it, for a little bit more get the 5850 which is a much better performer, or spend a little bit less and get the 5770 which is fairly equal to the 5830
May 17, 2010 10:39:13 AM

I dont really agree that spending $349 on the 5850 is a "little bit more" then spending $205 on the 5830, but <shrug> to each their own. Maybe i'll get the 5770.

Are there any cheap active displayport adapters? The only option i've found costs about $100, which is rather ridiculous IMO.
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May 17, 2010 1:09:29 PM

durnt said:

Are there any cheap active displayport adapters? The only option i've found costs about $100, which is rather ridiculous IMO.


that's pretty much the going rate for them
May 18, 2010 4:55:28 AM

durnt said:
I dont really agree that spending $349 on the 5850 is a "little bit more" then spending $205 on the 5830, but <shrug> to each their own. Maybe i'll get the 5770.

Are there any cheap active displayport adapters? The only option i've found costs about $100, which is rather ridiculous IMO.


Oh sorry, my bad, i meant 2 get the 4890 or 5770, depends on you
May 18, 2010 7:45:52 PM

Well...not even the new new nvidias can use more then one display =(
they are getting more ports, but like the radeons, can only support 2 displays (besides the stupid displayport that is). I guess i will resort to buying the overpriced adapter.

how does the 5770 compare to the geforce 260 gtx?

Also, anyone have a preference between these cards?:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 20, 2010 10:47:25 PM

anyone?
May 21, 2010 2:50:57 AM

The 2 sapphires are basically the same, if you wanted 2 overclock definitely get the 1st 5770, otherwise either 1 of the sapphires are good.
May 21, 2010 3:06:31 AM

just to double check some of the facts:
-The MSI version is better for overclocking(since it comes with personallzed overclocking software i assume)
-The 5770 supports Eyefinity which will (with the ridiculously overpriced active displayport adapter) will allow three seperate desktops or 1 very wide extended desktop.
-The 5770 will perform on par (or better) then the nvidia 260 gtx

That sum it up?
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May 21, 2010 3:14:27 AM

durnt said:
just to double check some of the facts:
-The MSI version is better for overclocking(since it comes with personallzed overclocking software i assume)
-The 5770 supports Eyefinity which will (with the ridiculously overpriced active displayport adapter) will allow three seperate desktops or 1 very wide extended desktop.
-The 5770 will perform on par (or better) then the nvidia 260 gtx

That sum it up?


1) the MSI overclocks well but there is not a major difference compared to other cards and most manufacturers have their own overclocking software plus 3rd parties like rivatuner
2) correct
3) correct, the two cards offer similar performance
May 21, 2010 3:25:34 AM

Alrighty, thanks for the info. I haven't used an ati card in over 10 years (had a really crappy drivers and support), but since it is apparently the only way to get 3 monitor support with 1 card, i might as well try it again.

EDIT: out of curiosity, are there any upgrades to the 5770 that are less then...$250. I kinda found out my friend is upgrading and want to 1 up him >.> I dont know what he is getting yet though.
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May 21, 2010 3:41:41 AM

the 5830 but its not worth the price most places ask for it
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