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August 16, 2012 3:21:30 PM

Hello,

Just setup my Eyefinity display (3x 21.5 inch, 1920 each). Here's my specs:

mobo: p55a-ud4p
gpu: 6850 (oc'd)
cpu: i5 760 (oc: 3.8 ghz)
128 gb ssd

I mostly only play World of Warcraft. I noticed some sub 60 fps (whereas with one monitor I would never dip under 60). This is on Ultra.

For WoW: Should I upgrade my GPU to a higher end card, or Crossfire with another 6850? Keep in mind this is for an Eyefinity display.

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August 16, 2012 3:35:47 PM

If you're playing WoW specifically and not so much in to other games I'd go with a 670 from nVidia. Wow very much prefers nVidia cards over ati. If you're playing multiple games on all 3 screens look for a 7970 at a good price and get that.
August 16, 2012 3:44:03 PM

Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately I'm kind of on a budget, I'm thinking under 150 and I can get the 6850 for $100.

Would this be my best option?
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August 16, 2012 4:54:21 PM

At under $150 getting another 6850 would help, but I could see the 1gb of ram being a big issue running 3 screens and might mean very little gain.
August 16, 2012 5:00:36 PM

I'm assuming a single 2GB card might be a better replacement?

Do you know of anything sub $200 that would be good?
August 16, 2012 5:10:06 PM

squadz said:
I'm assuming a single 2GB card might be a better replacement?

Do you know of anything sub $200 that would be good?


With a budget of $200 or under, you're pretty limited to what's available. The HD-6850 is probably the best card you can buy for under $200.
August 16, 2012 5:12:46 PM

firinmylazerman said:
How much is an HD-6870 where you live?

An HD-6870 where I live is just under $200 (not including tax or shipping.)


About 144ish. But the 6850 OC'd, is basically a 6870, from what I've read.

And still only 1GB, so I doubt it would be any improvement.
August 16, 2012 5:12:52 PM

squadz said:
I'm assuming a single 2GB card might be a better replacement?

Do you know of anything sub $200 that would be good?


How much is an HD-6870 where you live?

An HD-6870 where I live is just under $200 (not including tax or shipping.)
August 16, 2012 5:13:12 PM

squadz said:
I'm assuming a single 2GB card might be a better replacement?

Do you know of anything sub $200 that would be good?


If you're wanting a single 2GB card, you're going to be spending more than $200, that's for sure. The HD-6850 and HD-6870 (both 1GB cards) are your best options for under $200.
August 16, 2012 5:16:07 PM

In my opinion if your on a budget....be patient and save your money for a high end single card solution

I play WOW and Tribes ascend...wow being in eyefinity with (3) 21.5" Asus Led's

My System

AMD Phenom II X4 Zosma (Thuban core) oc'd to 4.0ghz (upgraded from Phenom II X2 555)
Sapphire 6950 2gb
MSI 785GM-E51 MB
OCZ SSD 180gb
10GB Corsair DDR3 1333
Corsair 650tx PSU

My system's definately starting to show its age

My experience with eyefinity and wow

Had to turn setting to lowest to be able to raid 25 man in eyefinity. I think it was because of the dual core...as my system runs much better now with new CPU.l believe that Intel's CPU's would offer better performance so your covered there. Although getting better i've never really read many if any stories of cross fire working well with wow. I'd go for the single card solution. I upgraded from an HDD 7200rpm drive to the SSD a couple of weeks ago and it has also made a significant improvement in smoothing out game play.

Not sure what the system requirements for MOP are but I'm going to sell the 6950 and upgrade to something more powerful. Although gameplay is great outside of raids would like to have no hangups.

Just my opinion i've been playing wow in eyefinity for a couple years now and honestly could never go back its awesome. Nice to have such a panoramic view in PvP. Its worth the extra money to get it to run fluidly otherwise low fps and lag kills the experience.....good luck
August 16, 2012 5:19:54 PM

pacific27 said:
In my opinion if your on a budget....be patient and save your money for a high end single card solution

I play WOW and Tribes ascend...wow being in eyefinity with (3) 21.5" Asus Led's

My System

AMD Phenom II X4 Zosma (Thuban core) oc'd to 4.0ghz (upgraded from Phenom II X2 555)
Sapphire 6950 2gb
MSI 785GM-E51 MB
OCZ SSD 180gb
10GB Corsair DDR3 1333
Corsair 650tx PSU

My system's definately starting to show its age

My experience with eyefinity and wow

Had to turn setting to lowest to be able to raid 25 man in eyefinity. I think it was because of the dual core...as my system runs much better now with new CPU.l believe that Intel's CPU's would offer better performance so your covered there. Although getting better i've never really read many if any stories of cross fire working well with wow. I'd go for the single card solution. I upgraded from an HDD 7200rpm drive to the SSD a couple of weeks ago and it has also made a significant improvement in smoothing out game play.

Not sure what the system requirements for MOP are but I'm going to sell the 6950 and upgrade to something more powerful. Although gameplay is great outside of raids would like to have no hangups.

Just my opinion i've been playing wow in eyefinity for a couple years now and honestly could never go back its awesome. Nice to have such a panoramic view in PvP. Its worth the extra money to get it to run fluidly otherwise low fps and lag kills the experience.....good luck


Didn't post it, but I do have an SSD as well, best upgrade I've ever done.

Maybe I could try selling my 6850 and pick up a 2GB card somewhere.
August 16, 2012 5:26:10 PM

pacific27 is right. If you want to do Eyefinity, save your money for a better graphics card.
August 16, 2012 5:41:16 PM

Just did some looking around for 2GB cards.
7870 ($275) vs 7850 ($219) vs 6950 ($199)

From benchmarks, it seems that 7870 > 7850 > 6950. Anyone have experience with these cards?
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