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November 27, 2011 12:38:43 AM

With the Black Friday sales I recently purchased a trio of 1920 x 1080 monitors with the intention of eventually getting my rig ready for Tri-monitor gaming, so my question here boils down to what hardware upgrades exactly I need to make.

Presently I'm rocking a i7 2600k and a ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP on a Asus TUF Series Sabertooth P67 board. Additionally I've got a 1000w PSU and 8 GBs of RAM so that shouldn't be an issue.

I'd like to try to keep the minimum frame rate above 30 FPS on high-ultra settings on most games while continuing to use as much of my current hardware as possible. It is worth noting here that I have a friend about to start a lesser build so I can potentially sell some parts to him for a minor loss.

Will it be enough for me simply to grab a second GTX 560 TI? Perhaps I should ugprade to a new board and get two more 560s? Or would I be best off selling my 560 for $200ish and trying to grab a pair of 570s or 580s?

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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November 27, 2011 12:49:07 AM

The cpu , motherboard , ram and psu are fine and you can keep them. The video card is where you need to make a decision on what to do. If you feel comfortable doing it then the best option is to sell the card you have and get two 580's , the second best option is to sell your current card and get two 570's and then we come to the third option which is the easiest and that is to add another 560Ti. So it really all comes down to you and your budget amount as to what you want to do.
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November 27, 2011 12:52:53 AM

Just to give you an idea on performance I was just playing BF3 at just over 100 fps on ultra settings with two GTX 580's in SLI.
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November 27, 2011 12:53:14 AM

Like I said, I'm trying to get a decent frame rate of at least 30 on near maxed out settings on most modern games. My question really boils down to what that is going to require. Will two 560TIs be able to pull that off or am I going to need the brawn of twin 570s or 580s?
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November 27, 2011 1:04:16 AM

Two 560's in SLI would be a little bit under the "ultra-settings" line, if they're 2GB's then you'd probably be borderline ultra settings but with noticeable lagg. If you really, really, like getting every single possible setting, I'd suggest getting 580's in SLI, but I'd wait until the new amd 7000 series comes out, because it's predicted that the 580's will drop somewhat in price. Decent PNY's reference designs that are $450 or $400 with a rebate, right now are perfectly fine (I can vouch for them) will drop possibly up to $100 so you would be paying the price of a 570.

If you do decide to keep your 560 and SLI it, you wouldn't get bad settings at all, maybe just a very small visual difference.
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November 27, 2011 1:11:57 AM

Ok. Assuming I do go with the 580s then, it looks like by going with MSI N580GTX Lightning Xtreme Edition GeForce GTX 580s for an extra 100 per card on Newegg will net me an extra gig and a half of VRAM per card, at this point would that extra be well spent or is the 3 gig difference going to be negligible?
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November 27, 2011 1:19:02 AM

Frames per second
Gameplay

<30 FPS
very limited gameplay

30-40 FPS
average yet very playable

40-60 FPS
good gameplay

>60 FPS
best possible gameplay

With two GTX 560Ti's in sli and ultra settings you can get 55 to 60 fps in BF3.
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November 27, 2011 1:19:58 AM

Sorry for the double post, but here is another question. I feel like I read somewhere once that you can SLI different cards but the better card will downclock to match the weaker card. Is this true? Could I potentially grab a 580 and SLI it with my 560 until I have the funds to replace the 560 as well?

Edit: Two 560s in SLI will run 55-60 FPS in BF3 on ultra? Sounds like it may be a viable option after all... Are we talking about 55 frames at 5760 x 1080 though?
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November 27, 2011 1:26:23 AM

If you decide to go with the GTX 580's and you are doing three monitors then I would go with;

EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $589.99

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

The card has 3gb of video ram on it and with two you have 6gb and since you are doing three monitors the more ram you have the better. You can't acess system ram for the monitors , that's why it's important to have more ram on the card. If you were doing one monitor then the 1.5gb card will do.
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November 27, 2011 1:26:57 AM

why dont you go with 2 6970s or 6950s 2 6970s Xfire would be just under $600 and have near 580 sli performance. just remember with 3 monitors you need 3x the power so you'd need about a 90fps minimum on 1 monitor.
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November 27, 2011 1:31:07 AM

seagonis said:
Sorry for the double post, but here is another question. I feel like I read somewhere once that you can SLI different cards but the better card will downclock to match the weaker card. Is this true? Could I potentially grab a 580 and SLI it with my 560 until I have the funds to replace the 560 as well?

Edit: Two 560s in SLI will run 55-60 FPS in BF3 on ultra? Sounds like it may be a viable option after all... Are we talking about 55 frames at 5760 x 1080 though?




No that was from a benchmark on Guru3d.com and it was a single monitor at 1920x1080.
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November 27, 2011 1:34:44 AM

About what I figured. So it might be pushing it with the three monitors.
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November 27, 2011 1:38:06 AM

The problem is that these benchmarks are usually done with a single monitor and you don't see one with multiple monitors because the majority of people only have one screen. It is I believe starting to become popular and hopefully there will be benchmarks published soon as it becomes more and more popular.
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November 27, 2011 1:40:11 AM

yep 560s would get you about 20fps average i think so I think 6970s Xfire would be a good option because its about $600 and preforms better than 570sli and is very close to 580 sli for half the price almost plus they usually have more vram which yool need for 3 monitors
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November 27, 2011 1:41:05 AM

wait i saw a toms benchmark w/ three a while back let me check
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November 27, 2011 1:42:51 AM

At least you have more information now then when you started this post and maybe someone will post that has three monitors on two 560Ti's. Also not all games are like BF3 and for the majority I do think you can use the two 560ti's.
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November 27, 2011 1:44:33 AM

Yeah, about what I figured. BF3 actually got a well done PC version.

Did you see my other question I edited into a later post? Is it possible to sli a 580 with a 560 to get dual 560 performance until I can replace the 560?
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November 27, 2011 1:53:42 AM

since metro is slightly more demanding that bf 3 youd probably get around 30 fps in bf3 w/ a 6990 which is over 570 sli performance i believe so I think w/ three monitors you'd need to go 6970s or 580s to get around a 40-45fps average bf3 maxed
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November 27, 2011 2:04:54 AM

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 with 2 GTX 560ti in SLI won't work perfectly and you'll incur frame buffer issues.

If going nVidia route So make sure to get at least SLI GTX 580 with 1.5 GB/3GB.

For AMD, HD 69xx are equipped with 2GB VRAM so no need to worry,and a single HD 69xx is able to drive 3 monitors but for a smoother gameplay @ high/ultra quality you need to consider 2-way/3-way CF.
HD 6990 is out of the question because it gets too hot and noisy, it failed in some reviews benchmarks, 2 HD 6970s in CF beat the performance of a single HD 6990.

So i would suggest 2 HD 6970s in CF.
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November 27, 2011 2:14:32 AM

ilysaml said:
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 with 2 GTX 560ti in SLI won't work perfectly and you'll incur frame buffer issues.

If going nVidia route So make sure to get at least SLI GTX 580 with 1.5 GB/3GB.

For AMD, HD 69xx are equipped with 2GB VRAM so no need to worry,and a single HD 69xx is able to drive 3 monitors but for a smoother gameplay @ high/ultra quality you need to consider 2-way/3-way CF.
HD 6990 is out of the question because it gets too hot and noisy, it failed in some reviews benchmarks, 2 HD 6970s in CF beat the performance of a single HD 6990.

So i would suggest 2 HD 6970s in CF.


yep i agree hers a link w/ 6970s xfire doing 3 monitors about half way through the video but it looks like no matter what unless you do 4 graphics cards or 3 580s your only going to get just above 30 fps average onbf3 ultra but you should be good on high w/ three monitors for bf3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMqeirOgxZA
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November 27, 2011 3:29:47 AM

seagonis said:
Yeah, about what I figured. BF3 actually got a well done PC version.

Did you see my other question I edited into a later post? Is it possible to sli a 580 with a 560 to get dual 560 performance until I can replace the 560?



With Nvidia the two cards that you want to SLI have to be the same gpu , that means two 580's , two 570's , two 560ti's and so on. The thing is you can SLI two of the same gpu's even though they are at a different speed , such as a 580 clocked at 850mhz and another 580 clocked at 772nhz and they will operate at the lower mhz. You cannot put a 580 with a 560ti together in SLI. You can run a 580 as the main card and the 560ti as the physix card but just not SLI together.
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November 29, 2011 4:23:52 PM

ilysaml said:
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 with 2 GTX 560ti in SLI won't work perfectly and you'll incur frame buffer issues.

If going nVidia route So make sure to get at least SLI GTX 580 with 1.5 GB/3GB.

For AMD, HD 69xx are equipped with 2GB VRAM so no need to worry,and a single HD 69xx is able to drive 3 monitors but for a smoother gameplay @ high/ultra quality you need to consider 2-way/3-way CF.
HD 6990 is out of the question because it gets too hot and noisy, it failed in some reviews benchmarks, 2 HD 6970s in CF beat the performance of a single HD 6990.

So i would suggest 2 HD 6970s in CF.




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I don't know how GTX 580 sli got brought into the equation and that idea is just silly and expensive...

read this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-560-ti-...

...now, I have 2600K/6950 CF in eyefinity (5760X1080) and I get decent frames for the most part...

Look~ http://youtu.be/DJwD9OsWCwo

Just like ilysaml mentioned; anything less than 2GB of VRAM is going to cripple you... I don't care how fast a card is, if it doesn't have the VRAM for the high res you're doomed.

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December 8, 2011 11:11:26 PM

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