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Crossfirex with saphire eyefinity 6

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April 21, 2011 1:40:32 AM

Hello,

I recently built a desktop computer back in January when the new sandy-bridge processors came out and the graphics card I chose was the SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 eyefinity 6

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

I chose this one specifically because it could do 6 monitors by itself. I currently have 6 monitors set up but after using this set up for a few months I have decided that I really could use 4 more. So, I was wondering is it hard to set up a crossfire with this graphics cards? That was the first desktop that I have ever built so I am not too knowledgeable in this area. The mobo I have is

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67

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

It seems like it might be a little tight in there also because the cpu cooler I have is

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

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

So, basically I guess I was just wondering 1.) if it is hard to crossfire this particular graphics card 2.) should I be able to add another 4 monitors to the 6 I have already without too much trouble? 3.) These cards are pretty big and I am scared it wont fit properly...

I can get you all the other specs of the system if you need them too, but I figured these were the only important ones.
a c 214 U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 1:45:22 AM

I'm almost certain that when you are running eyefinity you have to have all monitors connected to 1 card.So that might not be possible to add 4 more monitors.
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April 21, 2011 2:46:44 AM

Well, it does say crossfirex support, so I thought that meant it could crossfire, but again I am not even close to an expert so if someone could verify that who knows what there talking about, it would be very much appreciated.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 3:03:37 AM

You can crossfire that 5870 with another 5870 or 58xx series cards but you can only use 1 card for the display.
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April 21, 2011 3:04:53 AM

That is very interesting. Just curious then, what is the point of crossfiring them if you cant get more monitors?

p.s. thanks very much for your help by the way. Really appreciated.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 3:58:49 AM

When you crossfire,depending on the card,you gain almost double the performance.It's like a dual core,you have 2 cards doing the same job instead of 1.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 4:06:47 AM

Actually after doing some more research it looks like you can run other displays off of the second card but you have to disable crossfirex.So they work seperately but can still run different monitors from each card.You just have to figuire out how all that works in the OS.
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April 21, 2011 3:14:53 PM

I just got done reading a little about a program called softth that looks like it lets you run more than 6 monitors when you are gaming. However, I don't game on this rig at all and I really can't find any more information on how you would actually set this up (just saw a youtube video of something with 12 screens). In your research did you come across any guides to how you may pull this off? If you did, could you just link the post and I will try to study it before I shell out another couple hundred bucks. Thanks again.
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a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 3:38:24 PM

purple stank said:
Actually after doing some more research it looks like you can run other displays off of the second card but you have to disable crossfirex.So they work seperately but can still run different monitors from each card.You just have to figuire out how all that works in the OS.

CCC will allow you to set displays that are connected. It will have drop down menus for both graphics cards and connected display settings. Eyefinty should be allowable off of both cards also.
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April 21, 2011 3:42:42 PM

jockey said:
CCC will allow you to set displays that are connected. It will have drop down menus for both graphics cards and connected display settings. Eyefinty should be allowable off of both cards also.



Hm, after trying to google what ccc is, I am still not really sure. Thanks though for the input.
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a b U Graphics card
April 21, 2011 3:53:27 PM

ATIs' Catalyst Control Center
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