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What Video card for 3 monitor gaming... AMD OR NVIDEA?

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November 6, 2011 9:02:35 PM

Well I built my pc,


i7, 2600k, 16gb sniper 1833 mem, gigabyte mother board, 120 gb ssd drive, 2tb western digital hard drive, dvd player, hag932 case, Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX, COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO


3 acer 23" 1080p monitors.


Video card ---------NONE YET!!! I have $800 bucks right now to purchases one card or two cards. Kind of want to go with Nvidea 580's 3gb for $1200 but dam, thats alot of moola!!!


Other choice, 2 6970 2bg crossfire, under $800.


Seems like another columbrum I have is that it seems that amd is better with Eyefinity multi monitor setups that Nvidea, but Nvidea is better with Drivers...


What to do?
November 6, 2011 10:17:00 PM

Nutcase is correct:)  Are you also an English Major? lol...
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November 6, 2011 11:22:07 PM

But he missed columbrum which I believe should be "conundrum" - meaning a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma. Unless the OP meant A vault with niches for urns containing ashes of the dead. And I've been looking for a "hag932 case, where did you find one?

Just kidding. Couldn't help myself - nutcase started it :pfff: 

But to answer your question about video cards, My first choice would be the 6990 - Pick one for UNDER $800 RIGHT HERE all day long. Second choice, I would go with the 2 6970 2GB crossfire, under $800. If you start with the 6990 you can always add a second card later, but will probably need to upgrade your psu to do this. This is already like having 2 cards installed. AMD has the upper hand right now concerning multi-monitor video cards.
The rest of your build looks solid. Nice choices.
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November 7, 2011 12:10:14 AM

I vote for 2 x 6970's. 6990's are too loud and slower than 2 6970's. What exact motherboard do you have?
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November 7, 2011 12:43:34 AM

A single high end GPU from AMD can drive up to 4 monitors and it's called "Eyefinity", you need to have 2 GPUs fron nVidia in SLi to run 3 monitors and it's called "nVidia 2D/3D Surround"

What you should be concerned about 3 monitor setup is the VRAM size,The higher the resolution in games, the more VRAM there should be since more textures need to be loaded. And dealing with 5760x resolution is really high so if you're going nVidia route make sure you get 2 GTX 580s 3 GB version.

For AMD, HD 69xx are equipped with 2GB VRAM so no need to worry, but for a smoother gameplay @ high quality you need to consider 2-way/3-way CF.
And i go with iam2thecrowe advice to get 2 HD 6970s as they will give you close/better performance than the HD 6990, besides they will run cooler and less noise than HD 6990.
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November 7, 2011 12:59:37 AM

@ iam2thecrowe
Have you ever run the 6990 or had a system with it in the setup? I do and very rarely are they "loud". I know some people and some reviews say they are. If you are benching the shops out of it running it full tilt and overclocked yes, you will hear the sound of air rushing out of the cooling cover. It's not even the sound of the fan, it's the sound of air being pushed out of the cover. I am running one now and even when I game I don't notice the sound coming off the card. Mine is even sitting on an open breadboard type case and it's literally 2 feet from me and I don't notice it and it's no where near distracting. While the 6970 might have a slightly higher clock speed than a stock 6990, when you throw the switch their close and then AMD does facilitate clocks of up to 1200 MHz core and 1500 MHz memory through Overdrive. Plus, you get twice the processor and ram. - -1 6990 is slower than 2 6970's??? LOL, What kind of comparison is that? :sol: 
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November 7, 2011 6:28:52 AM

Yes but there is a switch on the 6990 that will allow it to run as fast as 2 6970s in Xfire.
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November 7, 2011 10:00:50 AM

Maybe the powercolor is that bad but my Sapphire isn't like that, Maybe I don't use it to it's potential enough so it doesn't get that bad or my case setup provides maximum cooling conditions but mine doesn't scream at me while I'm playing games. And I"m playing BF3, Unreal Tournament 3 and modern warfare and all I get is every now and then I hear it spin up to push some hot air around and then it goes back to unnoticeable. Shoot, I run the OCCT gpu test and the vantage 3D mark and every now and then it spins up. I just ran them again to make sure it's not because I block it out or something but I don't have those sound issues. What in the world could you possibly be doing to loud those cards out?
Loud??? You outta try putting 2 Panaflo fans on a heatsink while overclocking a 1366 - Jet plane in my room lol. Of course 2 are going to be better than 1. But if the OP goes that route he has already maxed out his machine. With 1 6990 he can have all he needs for now and in the future he can add a second one and he's back to top dog :bounce: 
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November 7, 2011 10:31:28 AM

I agree. And, in theory, the 6990 has the potential to be faster due to the 6970s because it does not have the x8/x8 restriction as it is a single card. He can also run Quad Xfire in the future. So in my opinion it is a win/win situation- the same performance now (and possibly better) and far better performance later if he adds a second one for Xfire.
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November 7, 2011 10:33:16 AM

Mother board...: Gigabyte's Z68XP-UD3
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November 7, 2011 10:41:49 AM

By the way, there running a special on HAG932 cases at Newegg.. LMAO.. Dam, im horrible.

Ok, every thing that I've read up on with these cards you guys have commented on here. 2 x 6970 max out my board, correct. One 6990 doesnt but its slower than a 6990 BUT my future looks good adding another 6990.

My main concern now. 3 monitors bf3, 1920 x 1080 will it handle it to play at medium to high levels. I would hate to know that I spend $2000 on a system to play a game and I will need to spend another $800 (6990) for me to play it smoothly.

Heres another "conundrum", today in the mail i have a used 5779 1gb card coming in via ups that I purchased from ebay. Why not put that card in and wait for the new cards to come out and buy one of those.. hmmmmmm
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November 7, 2011 11:35:03 AM

5770 CARD!!!! dam keyboard.
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November 7, 2011 11:47:48 AM

That's really wise choice, but the upcoming HD 7k series from AMD (79xx) series will be available in Q1/2 2012, they will push the HD 78xx series in December which will be no much difference than the current HD 69xx series.

HD 79xx series are equipped with XDR2 rambus memory which is twice faster than GDDR5 in transfer rates, they are 28nm prcoess, 1 GHz GPU frequency. A high end single HD 79xx is said to be faster than the Current HD 6990.

In short, you'll be happy if you buy now and enjoy your games. If you're not that desperate just wait for the 7K series to come out.
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November 7, 2011 12:00:14 PM

Another correction in my last statement.

One 6990 doesnt but its slower than a 6970 crossfire BUT my future looks good adding another 6990
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November 7, 2011 12:05:20 PM

What CPU do you have ? yes your future will look cool but noise & heat specially when CF HD 6990s won't look good.
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November 7, 2011 12:12:47 PM

Well I built my pc,


i7, 2600k, 16gb sniper 1833 mem, gigabyte mother board, 120 gb ssd drive, 2tb western digital hard drive, dvd player, hag932 case, Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-850M 850W ATX, COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO


3 acer 23" 1080p monitors.
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November 7, 2011 12:14:01 PM

Mother board...: Gigabyte's Z68XP-UD3
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November 7, 2011 12:26:51 PM

You know whats funny I was looking at gpu coolers right now too.. lol

Awesome. a bit pricey but probably worth the investment to protect the card and noise levels.

Hmm, i think i may have just decided on buying a new card.. :) 
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November 7, 2011 12:27:49 PM

Now the question is?????????????????????? Who's 6990 card do i get??????
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November 7, 2011 12:34:24 PM

well, all the HD 6990s are reference design cards. So i say pick the cheapest and stay away from those models models (powercolor, visionteck, diamond).

And i recommend Sapphire.
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November 7, 2011 12:47:00 PM

So when you say refrence design cards, you mean straight from amd with no modifications on clock speeds or coolers etc. Just learning the lingo.
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November 7, 2011 12:52:39 PM

This card is useless, you can achieve the 930 MHz with eyes closed. i OC my GPU to 920 MHZ without any problem.

Reference design cards yes it;s the reference design from AMD. non reference design cards have better cooling and run with less noise.
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November 7, 2011 12:58:02 PM

And i haven't mentioned that, i was clarifying the reference vs non ref cards.
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November 7, 2011 12:59:15 PM

Quote:
well, all the HD 6990s are reference design cards.
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November 7, 2011 1:01:49 PM

If you really focusing on the thread, me and the OP suggested an aftermarket GPU cooler and i linked it above, go & check.
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November 7, 2011 1:05:23 PM

So I would say you have a 6990 and have installed that cooler or have thought about adding it. I was considering two of the 6970's mentioned above but I rather not have the microstutering issues that one card just doesnt have. When you refrenced the speeds I can assume you meant the speeds on the 6970 i posted ;880/930 MHz Core Clock

Its seems the 6990 has 830 MHz Core Clock. So does that mean that out of the box, that specific 6970 is faster and for me to achieve the same speeds I would have to oc the 6990, which I can assume you did.

I dont know crap about oc-ing cards.. Id give it a try with a walk through though.



http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?psn=0...
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November 7, 2011 1:11:15 PM

1- Microstuttering appear with low end GPUs, barely noticeable with high end GPUs.
2- It disappears with 3-way CF/SLI setups. 2 HD 6990s are Quad CF.
3- I have HD 6950, OCing ability is easy to achieve, just the difference between HD 6950/70 is the number of shaders "stream processors".
4- HD 6990 is a dual GPU in one PCB, it outperforms the HD 6970/50.
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November 7, 2011 1:24:37 PM

Its pricier than $800 but if the problem is cooling noise how about this:
PowerColor LCS AX6990
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November 7, 2011 1:37:49 PM

@ return, Water cooling is another story, you will cost OP about $500 for a water cooling solution.
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November 7, 2011 1:39:23 PM

@OP, i guess you know now what's the best for you.
With all respect, i hate when a thread gets too long.
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November 7, 2011 1:52:51 PM

Thanks ilysaml!!!!! You were very helpful!!!
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November 7, 2011 2:04:09 PM

Wow, the cards turned off on high heat with crossfire 6990.. not good.
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November 7, 2011 2:07:12 PM

That's why we recommended HD 6970s in CF or getting aftermarket GPU coolers for HD 6990s.

Saw you opened another thread related to the same topic. Any moderator will close the threads or merge it and this will confuse the members. Close the thread then Open another.
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November 7, 2011 2:08:32 PM

how do i close it?
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November 7, 2011 2:09:25 PM

Hey, you've helped me alot, Really thank you..
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November 7, 2011 2:09:36 PM

You close the thread by selecting a best answer of Whoever.
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November 7, 2011 2:10:40 PM

Best answer selected by dudeguzman.
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