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Proper GPU(s) for Eyefinity Gaming

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October 22, 2011 1:14:39 AM

I am looking to play BF3 using 3 24" Asus Monitors running @ 1080p. Im assuming that I will need something pretty pricey so i've set my budget at around $700 (give or take) I prefer AMD cards because I am more familiar with them. I would like to run current-generation games over 3 monitors (those that support it) at medium-high settings. My current 5770 ran the BF3 beta just fine at Medium but when I stretched the window across all 3 of my screens, my FPS dropped to around 20. I've recently upgraded to the 8150 8-core 990FX processor so there is no need for worry on that end, and I also have plenty of ram.

My overall question is with $700 to spend on a GPU, will a 6990 do me justice with 3 monitors on BF3 or will it take 2 of them to make any progress.? My spending money is kind of limited so I would like to know the BEST POSSIBLE AMD
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October 22, 2011 5:04:32 AM

a 6990 will run it quite well even at max , it'll be nearly 4x the performance of your 5770.
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October 22, 2011 5:11:31 AM

no - 1 6990 will be more than enough to do that kind of gaming. though i'd suggest picking up 2 6970's and run them in crossfire. Actually - if its 3 monitor setup - will cost you more but you could go with 2 GTX 580's if not then 2 GTX 570's

my 2 cents :) 

* with that kind of card - it'll blow your 5770 to kingdom come!
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October 22, 2011 5:14:40 AM

Go with 2 6970 xfire. The MSI 6970 Lightning is a great long lasting option. It will cost around the same as a 6990 but offer you way more performance (and heat hahah)
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October 22, 2011 1:29:34 PM

So I can pretty much gather that the 6990 is my best bet. As for the guy who suggested nvidia cards, I am an AMD fanboy and I want to stay that way :) 
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October 22, 2011 1:37:25 PM

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As for the guy who suggested nvidia cards, I am an AMD fanboy and I want to stay that way :) 
Oi, i'm an AMD user not an nvidia fanboy but i think AMD are in good command now :D 
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October 22, 2011 3:59:20 PM

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I prefer a single powerful card, single card will gives you less problem, less heat, less power consumption. So a HD6990 for now and you always can add it another one later in the future when you think you need MORE power... :) 

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



Ehem, 6990 is a DUAL card and does come with most of the issues that are in a crossfire setup, but with that kind of resolution, NO current single card will do justice at highish-max settings.

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October 22, 2011 4:09:35 PM

Ah, sorry about that, I mean I prefer a single slot card better than dual cards setup. yes 6990 is dual card but with 1 physical card. Thank you for the correction, wiinippongamer. :) 
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October 22, 2011 4:30:35 PM

@ OP what's your full system specs ?

A 6990 card is a Dual GPU in one PCP...that's to simplify

And a 6990 would be great choice for 3 monitors setup, but don't expect to run
every game at ultra settings, or even high settings such as Metro 2033.
I always recommend a 3-way CF for Eyefinity, in order to enjoy gaming at such a higher resolution without a lagging of FPS.
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October 22, 2011 4:53:32 PM

Tri-fire 6950's would easily beat a 6990, but use hell alot more power and heat
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October 22, 2011 4:57:29 PM

Tri-fire 6850's or 6870's?
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October 22, 2011 4:59:26 PM

If he can afford $700 why not go for the 6950's?
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October 29, 2011 2:24:11 AM

I've decided on the single 6990 as I could upgrade to a second one when I get another motherboard. My current MOBO is a mid-range and I think it would suit my needs.
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October 29, 2011 4:01:05 AM

Get two or three 2gb HD6950s. Both the HD6970 and HD6990 are quite poor values for the money in comparison.
I would suggest this Sapphire card;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has very good results for unlocking into an HD6970 according to the user reviews and it is the only card you can buy that does not need a displayport adapter for Eyefinity.
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