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Eyefinity, 6950 1gb or 2gb?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
November 19, 2011 4:49:37 AM

Was wondering if there is much of a performance difference? i'm running a rather low end eyefinity setup ( 3 monitors @ 1440 x 900 each )

If I get the 1GB card it would be this one from Gigabyte:

If I get the 2GB card it would be this one:

Thanks in advance!

current rig:

Mobo: Asus M5A97
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 8GB DDR3
PSU: OCz StealthXtreme 600w
Case: NZXT Tempest
CPU: AMD T1055 @ 3.6GHz

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November 19, 2011 5:19:02 AM

If you want to future-proof and are open to eventually running CFX then the 2GB would be the best choice... I'm running two 6870's (1GB) in CFX now and just started using Eyefinity this week (5670x1080 plus a bit of bezel compensation) and am pleasantly surprised with my performance even though I'm only running with 1GB of effective VRAM.
If you want to run full textures I'd say go for the 2GB card. Game's now don't tend to need more than 1, but BF3 and newer will need more at super high resolutions (I had to go down from ultra at 1920x1080 to medium to keep smooth rates).

I also would keep in mind the outputs on the cards you look at: both of those have 2 dvi and an HDMI, so you probably wont need any of those pesky display port adapters, although the $30 Accell one I had to get seems to be working just fine so far.
November 19, 2011 5:38:57 AM

I've already got a cheap Display port adapter and am not new to eyefinity ( currently running the 5850 ) Absolutely love it!
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November 19, 2011 6:38:08 AM

Awesome, yea I had messed with it a bit running two monitors... but it's pretty useless with a bezel in the middle so i picked up a 3rd last week. I wasn't really anticipating eyefinity when I bought my cards or I probably would have moved up to 2gb cards.
November 19, 2011 9:13:30 AM

Anyone else have an idea? trying to get some more advice :)  thanks guys!
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November 19, 2011 9:27:33 AM

I would go for the 2Gb as its more future proof and will help more if you add for monitors or decide to add another gpu down the line
November 26, 2011 9:38:05 PM

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