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What's the best ATI Card(s) for my 1980x1200 + 2x 1080x1980 LCDs?

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July 8, 2011 9:00:23 PM

I have the following setup:

1x 1980x1200 LCD flanked by 2 1080p LCDs in portrait orientation.

I had to ditch my 2x XFX 4770's in CF setup.

I love the idea of ATI's eyefinity. I very much want to take advantage of it.

What I had been doing with my prior setup is having the rig in non X Fire mode while not gaming, and turning on crossfire while gaming. Frame rates were fine on the older games had been running up to that point.

Now I am looking to play some newer games, but I want to know the best solution for my current rig to be able to take advantage of eyefinity.

I can either

A) buy a single card now, (like a 6870/6850) and run in eyefinity mode, which I am sure will not put out very good frame rates in current games, but should be able to power all 3 monitors while running in standard desktop mode, and eventually upgrade to a second 6870/6850 when I can afford it.
B) just bite the bullet now and get a higher end 6950 with 2gb of ram,.
C) just get 2 6850's right now.
D) get some other set of cards for CF that works with eyefinity.

For games like DNF, HawX 2, Crysis 2, will a single 6870 be enough for now? I don't need the absolute highest settings, just good frame rates at full resolution.

As far as budget, I would prefer to keep the price under 250.

I would simply use the June 2011 video card chart/recommendations, however there isn't enough information on eyefinity with Crossfire settings to be a definitive resource.

My Rig:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P P45 775
Intel C2Q Q6600 @ 2.9GHz (on air cooling)
4x2GB OCZ DDR2 Gold PC2 800 (That's 8 gb total)
2x OCZ Vertex 60GB in RAID-0
3x 36GB Raptors in RAID-0
2x 74GB Raptors in RAID-0
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W

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July 8, 2011 9:14:39 PM

Two 6850's should do the job, since 1 games really well on 1080p, but buy one and see how you like the performance on it. but that would pass your budget of 250 if thats not a problem.

But if your willing to go with a 6950 2gb, go with this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 8, 2011 9:15:22 PM

jacobdrj said:
I have the following setup:

1x 1980x1200 LCD flanked by 2 1080p LCDs in portrait orientation.

I had to ditch my 2x XFX 4770's in CF setup.

I love the idea of ATI's eyefinity. I very much want to take advantage of it.

What I had been doing with my prior setup is having the rig in non X Fire mode while not gaming, and turning on crossfire while gaming. Frame rates were fine on the older games had been running up to that point.

Now I am looking to play some newer games, but I want to know the best solution for my current rig to be able to take advantage of eyefinity.

I can either

A) buy a single card now, (like a 6870/6850) and run in eyefinity mode, which I am sure will not put out very good frame rates in current games, but should be able to power all 3 monitors while running in standard desktop mode, and eventually upgrade to a second 6870/6850 when I can afford it.
B) just bite the bullet now and get a higher end 6950 with 2gb of ram,.
C) just get 2 6850's right now.
D) get some other set of cards for CF that works with eyefinity.

For games like DNF, HawX 2, Crysis 2, will a single 6870 be enough for now? I don't need the absolute highest settings, just good frame rates at full resolution.

As far as budget, I would prefer to keep the price under 250.

I would simply use the June 2011 video card chart/recommendations, however there isn't enough information on eyefinity with Crossfire settings to be a definitive resource.

My Rig:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P P45 775
Intel C2Q Q6600 @ 2.9GHz (on air cooling)
4x2GB OCZ DDR2 Gold PC2 800 (That's 8 gb total)
2x OCZ Vertex 60GB in RAID-0
3x 36GB Raptors in RAID-0
2x 74GB Raptors in RAID-0
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W


If you budget is 250 and you want to be able to power all 3 monitors right now, I think your best bet would be a 6950 1b or 2gb if you can find one that cheap. Sometimes you can get lucky and find it. Can always buy a second later for xfire
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July 8, 2011 9:39:08 PM

If you are planning on gaming in a 3X1 eyefinity you are going to want to spring for a card with 2g memory.

Keep in mind that you must have the same resolution on all three monitors.

Its usually a good idea to get the best card you can now and plan on crossfiring later when prices drop and you need more power.

I think a 6950 2g will be perfect for gaming on one screen, it will handle eyefinity gaming on lower settings (the extra ram will help), and later when you can get another and crossfire them you will be able to up your settings in eyefinity.

The extra ram is almost a necessity if you plan on gaming with eyefinity.

That processor might be bottlenecking you in eyeyfinity gaming though...

Also, the 650 psu should be fine with the one 6950, but you might want to upgrade in the future when you get another gpu.
July 8, 2011 9:41:31 PM

If I put 2 6850's into crossfire, will the eyefinity allow me to keep my desktop settings? When I turned on CF with my 2x4770's, I could only use a single screen (in this case, my 1980x1200).
July 8, 2011 9:51:24 PM

I am also reluctant to buy a 2nd card later. I tried that with my 8800GT back in the day, and ended up realizing that they quickly got rid of them and changed them to 9800's that couldn't be SLI'ed...
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