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Eyefinity vs nVidia Surround

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October 25, 2012 12:08:49 PM

Hi all, would like to know your thoughts and opinions on which is better out of Eyefinity or nVidia Surround 2D.

Here's a little explanation on why I am asking for help.

I built a custom PC with the following components:

Intel Ivybridge i5 3570k @ 3.4
AsRock Z77 pro 4 M motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8gb
MSI R7970 overclocked to 1050mhz (i believe)
OCZ Agility 3 120gb SSD
1TB HDD
OCZ Fatality 750w psu
Cd/dvd optical drive
Zalman Z11 plus case

I originally purchased the MSI R7970 graphics card and when drivers and everything were installed i was having major issues with the card. The card was tested in a friends pc and deemed to be faulty. I returned the card to Overclockers UK and they replaced it. With the new card installed and once drivers installed and attempt to play games, major issues again. Had card independantly tested by PC specialist with the conclusion that the card was at fault. At the moment i have an old nVidia GTS 250 and there are no issues whatsoever. I am awaiting an RMA number to return the 2nd 7970 and now unsure whether to go for a 7970 from another manufacturer, ie Asus or Gigabyte, or whether to switch to nVidia and go for the GTX 680. I am moving to 3 x 24 inch monitors in a couple of month so need advice as to whether to stick with AMD or change to nVidia.

The games I will be playing are racing sims and games, including iRacing, F1 2013, rFactor, rFactor 2, Raceroom Experience, Project CARS, Assetto Corsa.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2012 12:18:55 PM

It depends on each game. Unfortunatelly you would have to google each game and then compare opinions on ppl that have either eyefinity or nvidia surround to compare.
In general, i dont advice you do go for 3 monitors for a simple reason:
A lot of headaches to play a game on 3 monitors, and you will notice the borders anyway.

If possible, test that sort of setup to make sure you really want it before you purchase.

Anyway, as i said, both systems fail at diffrent games, both excell at others, so there is no clear winner unless you know exactly what games you will run on it (sry but im 2 lazy to google each game you mention for you and then make a statistic calculation on what system is better for you :D ).
a c 185 U Graphics card
a b Î Nvidia
October 25, 2012 12:20:45 PM

Two cards in a row i say it's time to try a different brand and if it happens still get rid of the 7970 idea all together and switch
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a b Î Nvidia
October 25, 2012 12:29:15 PM

As I understand it right now, its more or less the same. You could even say the surround setup is better as you can run straight DVI on all three monitors. This is a lot easier to do as you don't need to worry about DP to DVI adapters.

I don't agree that the boarders will bother you. Most people I read on forums say they disappear while playing the game. I do agree you should test it out in case you are one of those few it would annoy the cr@p out of.
October 25, 2012 12:34:06 PM

Cats_Paw - I have seen racing sims on 3 monitors and they look awesome and tend to be pretty well made for 3 screens. Thanks for the info, i will research each game. Overall it seems lyk AMD have better support and technology for multi-monitor displays, however with my recent problems with my MSI 7970 i am seriously considering changin to nVidia.

bigcyco1 - That was my initial thought aswell to try another brand and then if i still hav issues, moving to nVidia and GTX 680. The only thing is it is costing me £20 each time to return the card :( 
October 25, 2012 12:53:08 PM

I have an ASUS 7970 DCII with 3 Dell U2711 monitors. I initially had issues with my PC BSOD all the time due to the video card. After coming from an ASUS 580GTX DCII which was extremely stable (except for flash video which made web browsing an absolute pain), but finally found stablity with the Catalyst 12.6 beta driver. After finally getting a stable driver the 7970 is great.

The 580GTX still had the odd issue with flash (basically locked up the PC with a message that the video driver had stopped responding and then restarted until the PC restarted by itself) so the 7970 with the stable driver is a godsend.

Which is better at the end of the day depends on what you play, and what you want from the card, and how well it works with your setup. I have three monitors on a display port connection, so the 7970 works really well (mainly as the nvidia cards are really annoying to get the same port connections with high resolutions). YMMV.
a b U Graphics card
October 25, 2012 2:36:42 PM

I would recommend sticking with AMD for a multi-monitor setup. They have been doing it longer than Nvidia Surround and generally most people say EyeFinity has less issues than Nvidia. In your case, I would try a different brand of 7970, but for multi-monitor setups a 7970 is pretty much the best card around. The extra gig of ram the card has compared to comparable Nvidia models help the 7970 at high resolutions. I run a 7950 (overclocked past a 7970) with 4 monitors and LOVE my setup.
March 29, 2013 7:43:01 PM

I know I'm very late, but I would like to post an answer for anyone reading this forum in the future. From my experience they are more or less the same, and like always the first party applications and configuration suck so we need to go with user made patched (thanks to awesome people) and you can go with those. Also the ease of making more and more games multi monitor is becoming better and better as time goes on, so it all comes down to what cars you want :) 
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a c 330 Î Nvidia
March 29, 2013 9:06:18 PM

Although this pertains to Crossfire, using the new FCAT tool to measure frame metering PC Perspective found some weird things going on with Eyefinity. They explain it better than I can, so I'll just leave you with the link.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...
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