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March 28, 2012 9:49:32 PM

Hey guys I just sent my radeon 6950 back to newegg because of heat issues so I'm now looking for a new card(s) for gaming at 5760x1080. What would be my best option for a triple monitor setup currently? I was thinking of getting a gtx 680 or radeon 7950. I am also interested in the 7800 series cards as well (potentially crossfire eventually). Basically I just want to be able to game with as much eye candy as possible with playable framerates. The smoother the better. If I go with a dual card setup I'm going to get just 1 now and add the other down the road since I can't afford a $1000 setup lol. I'm open to all suggestions so post them here. Thanks!

System specs:
i5 2500k @ 4.2Ghz
Asus P8Z58-v Pro
Crucial M4 SSD 128gb
WD Caviar Black 1tb
G. Skill Ripjaws X 8gb 1600mhz
Noctua NH-D14
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 850w
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March 28, 2012 10:22:36 PM

wait a month if you can.

both the 7950 and 7970 are due for a price drop.

should get a 7970 for ~400-450

The scaling on crossfire on the 7xxx series is exellent and eyefinity is well ahead of Nvidia surround
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March 29, 2012 1:38:17 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
wait a month if you can.

both the 7950 and 7970 are due for a price drop.

should get a 7970 for ~400-450

The scaling on crossfire on the 7xxx series is exellent and eyefinity is well ahead of Nvidia surround


If they drop that much then I might try my best to wait. I've always used AMD and always liked their cards but at the same time I was kind of looking forward to giving an Nvidia product a try lol. But in the end it comes down to what's best for my money.
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March 29, 2012 1:41:17 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
The scaling on crossfire on the 7xxx series is exellent and eyefinity is well ahead of Nvidia surround

+1
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March 29, 2012 1:44:18 AM

@OP
GTX 680 is a powerful single GPU can drive 3 monitors easily with a good performance though for only $500, but i trust AMD more in eyefinity setups and as you can see from the benches...the HD 7970 is very close to the GTX 680 @ 5760x resolution.

And don't expect every game to run smoothly @ the highest setting @ 5760x, for such a resolution you need to CF/SLi for the best performance.
April 1, 2012 11:08:54 PM

Ok guys so I'm either going to get a GTX 680 or an HD 7970. I still plan on gaming on 3 monitors so I need to decide which card is going to be better in the long run. I like the fact that the AMD card has an extra gb of vram but is that going to make much of a difference? If someone could list the pros/cons of AMD and Nvidia cards I would really appreciate it.
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April 2, 2012 12:18:18 AM

HugoStiglitz said:
The scaling on crossfire on the 7xxx series is exellent and eyefinity is well ahead of Nvidia surround


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April 2, 2012 12:27:57 AM

jemm said:
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I'm not saying this isn't true, but could someone explain to me why it's better on the AMD cards? Judging by the review here on tom's there isn't much of a difference between GTX 680 and HD 7970 at 5760x1080. If AMD is really better I'll go AMD. Always have. If Nvidia is the better choice, I'll go Nvidia. I'm no fanboy I'm just trying to make the best purchase.
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April 2, 2012 11:08:13 AM

@ anherox
AMD CF scaling is superior than nVidia's. Though the HD 7970 is not strong as the GTX 680 it could compete very efficiently @ 5760x resolution. For me Eyfinity=AMD. For a single monitor @ 1080P or 2500x i would pick the GTX 680.

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April 2, 2012 12:28:01 PM

anherox said:
I'm not saying this isn't true, but could someone explain to me why it's better on the AMD cards? Judging by the review here on tom's there isn't much of a difference between GTX 680 and HD 7970 at 5760x1080. If AMD is really better I'll go AMD. Always have. If Nvidia is the better choice, I'll go Nvidia. I'm no fanboy I'm just trying to make the best purchase.


I haven´t got any of these cards, but from the information ilysaml provided you, it seems AMD cards performance better.
April 2, 2012 10:12:11 PM

I'll be honest, after only using AMD cards throughout the years I really want to give Nvidia a try this round. However the only thing holding me back (other than lack of availability) is the fact that the 680 only has 2gb of vram. I know that should be plenty for now even at 5760x1080 but the extra gig on the 7970 makes me feel a little better knowing that it's going to be a little more future proof for upcoming games that may need the extra memory. Does anyone here know if any upcoming 680 models are going to have more than 2gb of vram? If so how long do you expect it will be until such a card is released?
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April 2, 2012 10:23:47 PM

I've never maxed out my 2gb 6950s at that resolution, even with BF3 (although that got close) And likely there will be later GTX680s with 4GB Vram. However, eyefinity may be the better multi-monitor system, but Surround on 680s (I was playing BF3 witha couple on my triple monitor setup for a bit) and I got framerates well in excess of what I get with my three 6950s... I would have to say get the 680, even though teh 7970 is a great card...
April 2, 2012 11:15:46 PM

Any idea of when a 4gb model will show up? Is the extra vram going to make a difference in the next year or so? I plan on holding onto whatever I get for a while and I want to make sure I make the right choice. I've never spent this much on a card before lol
April 5, 2012 12:45:23 AM

Well guys I decided to take a chance with Nvidia and ordered an evga GTX 680 superoverclocked+ card. I'm hoping the 2gb of vram will be enough for upcoming games like farcry 3. Anyways thanks again to all of you for your advice!
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