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January 5, 2011 10:50:09 PM

Just wanted to know whether to go with the Nvidia 3d or the ATI eye infinity. The computer is designed for light gaming (cod4 servers etc at LANs) a bit of photo shop but mostly Blu-ray,DVD and music playback.

Here is the system so far
CPU: AMD x4 965
Mobo: ASRock 890x extreme 3
8gb ddr3 ram
Vid card: 5770/460
Win 7 prof x64

Thanks for the help
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January 5, 2011 10:51:31 PM

mother242 said:
Just wanted to know whether to go with the Nvidia 3d or the ATI eye infinity. The computer is designed for light gaming (cod4 servers etc at LANs) a bit of photo shop but mostly Blu-ray,DVD and music playback.

Here is the system so far
CPU: AMD x4 965
Mobo: ASRock 890x extreme 3
8gb ddr3 ram
Vid card: 5770/460
Win 7 prof x64

Thanks for the help


power supply? monitor res.?

the 460 is def more powerful than a 5770

imo a single 5770 is not powerful enough to run most games in eyeinfinity, and a gtx 460 is probly not enough power to produce 120 fps for the 120 hz in most 3d monitors, overall I would not let those factors sway your decision much, I would say overall the gtx 460 1 gig is the best investment. Also I believe COD runs better on nvidia hardware, not to mention that a 460 is a good deal faster than a 5770
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January 5, 2011 11:05:14 PM

I just want to clarify if you are deciding between Nvidia GTX460 for 3D Vision or AMD HD5770 for Eyefinity. They are two different technologies. 3D Vision is a system with 3D glasses. Eyefinity is the ability to hook up 3 monitors through one card.

If you are just looking for a recommendation between a GTX460 or a HD5770, I would recommend a GTX460. The GTX460 wlll offer higher framerates, PhysX, better drivers (some say), and better DirectX 11 performance. The GTX460 comes in many varieties, some with very nice custom designs and aftermarket coolers. Be sure to take a look at the MSI GTX460 Hawk, the Gigabyte GTX460 Superoverclock, the EVGA GTX460 Superclock, or the ECS GTX460 Black.
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January 6, 2011 2:04:50 AM

My real question is which is better for an HTPC eyeinfinity or 3d. But seeing that I would have to get a 3d monitor etc it might not be a valid question.
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January 6, 2011 2:30:34 AM

Just wanted to know whether to go with the Nvidia 3d or the ATI eye infinity. said:
Just wanted to know whether to go with the Nvidia 3d or the ATI eye infinity.


you mean nvidia 3dvision with games? or bluray 3d playback?

3dvision and eyefinity are both very demanding solutions for a gpu, and since you're building an htpc these 2 features that you want should go out the window. that's assuming your idea of an htpc is the same as common htpc (low profile card or integrated, low power consumption, itx design, minimal fan noise etc).
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January 6, 2011 2:38:06 AM

For an HTPC it's not going to matter between 3D and Eyefinity unless you are going to get a 3D HDTV.

Generally speaking the GTX 460's performance ranges from between a little faster than the HD 5830 to a little faster than the HD 5850 depending on the game. The HD 6850 is between those two. It is clearly more powerful than a HD 5770.

The other difference it that the GTX 460 (141w) uses almost 2x the electricity than the HD 5770 (76w) under typical gaming conditions. See following review:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gigabyte...
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January 6, 2011 3:33:32 AM

wh3resmycar said:
you mean nvidia 3dvision with games? or bluray 3d playback?

3dvision and eyefinity are both very demanding solutions for a gpu, and since you're building an htpc these 2 features that you want should go out the window. that's assuming your idea of an htpc is the same as common htpc (low profile card or integrated, low power consumption, itx design, minimal fan noise etc).

I am talking about 3d Blu ray play back
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