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Help in choosing cards to run 3x27"@7680x1440

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a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:03:37 PM

Hi guys.

I need help to get the proper cards to run the setup I have on my title. I currently have 2x 27"@2560x1440p which makes it a combine resolution of 5120x1440p and want to add another. I want to run this at max settings when I get a 3rd one in due time. Currently I have a 670 and using just one monitor since I don't see the need to have 2 of them running at the same time without being fully utilised. I am thinking a CF setup with 7970s or grab a single 690 when the third one comes in a month from now. What's the best to do? Thanks.
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:08:32 PM

You would be better off with a crossfire setup of 7970's most certainly. Eyefinity is a stronger multi monitor technology in comparison to the Nvidia offering. Also, you have more ram and stronger ram going into a multi monitor setup. A 690 is fine however the 4 gigabytes is really 2 spread among both cards so its not effectively 4 gigabytes. if you are serious about 3 displays 2 7970's will do the trick.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:23:32 PM

Ok so we have that narrowed down. Should I then go for a reference PCB i.e, the cards with AMD reference cooler and watercool them or just grab the best cards I can find, say MSI lightning since Sapphire's cards occupy 2.5 slots or XFX DD 7970 GHz edition?
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a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:26:05 PM

I would say go with the air solution first and if you needed to water cool them you can approach it when you get there. I would go with the MSI lightning card over the XFX if the 2.5 slot solution from Sapphire wasn't enough air circulation for the card solution.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:32:29 PM

What brand monitors are ya using? Looking at a Crossover and a Yamakasi, just not sure about the South Korea connection. Microcenter has an Auria decently priced as well. Just curious how they look and what not.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:35:15 PM

Well I pre-ordered the 900D and I can cancel it if I want to. The reason I did that is because I wanted full custom watercooling for both cards and CPU. My Haf XM has so far failed with air cooling when I had 2 x GTX 670 DCUII. I guess time to decide. Maybe I get the case and watercool later and save money for at the moment.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:36:20 PM

vrumor said:
What brand monitors are ya using? Looking at a Crossover and a Yamakasi, just not sure about the South Korea connection. Microcenter has an Auria decently priced as well. Just curious how they look and what not.


I have dell monitor, the 2713HM model. Lovely piece of work.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:43:26 PM

The lightning goes for $600 a piece atm and XFX DD 7970 GHz can be had for 439.99 with manufacture rebate. so pretty much 409.99+ tax. Soo?
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:53:21 PM

I mean on amazon.ca and none of our stores here in Ontario has them. I'm in Canada.
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:55:26 PM

Oh I see yea how bizarre the pricing is way crazy on that card why!?!?!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:57:14 PM

Tri Fire 7970 is the best solution
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 7:57:57 PM

And complete un necessary given his configuration.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:46:18 PM

So I'm stuck here with very small sample to buy from.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:46:49 PM

I just cashed in my GTX 670 DCU II for $330. Now I gotta find the card to get my dream going.
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:55:45 PM

2x 7970's would be the ticket. I would say wait for the new cards but both companies are pushing for late release this year or quite possibly next year so its not really a option for you.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:57:27 PM

So I called one of the stores here and they don't have either MSI or Sapphire's top offering. I am doomed! And yes the pricing on that card is insane. I don't know how they justify that at all.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:58:53 PM

The waiting game won't work for me. I'm currently running with onboard graphics which make my 27" display 1080p and that's just horrible.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 8:59:43 PM

Also, case wise: should I wait for my order to come in at the end of the month or cancel it and find something cheaper and better at future watercooling minus any HAF cases, GT10 cases
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:03:50 PM

hero1 said:
Also, case wise: should I wait for my order to come in at the end of the month or cancel it and find something cheaper and better at future watercooling minus any HAF cases, GT10 cases


Cases are more of a personal touch so that is up to you. The new corsair offering the 900D looks like a superb water cooling case. http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Series-Computer-... also the Cosmos 2 but again its a personal statement and its up to you.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:11:23 PM

I'm looking at the cost of everything right now and I think maybe taking a step back from 900D is the way to go. I was initially going to modify the 800D but then decided to just go for the 900D. Now I am questioning my decision. What about the NZXT Phantom 820?
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:11:33 PM

So do I but you are looking at there top chip well withstanding the ghz. Its price is right its around the same price range as its competition the 670.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:13:16 PM

Do you mean the 680?
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:15:09 PM

The XFX DD is $10 cheaper. I can get them now I guess. So should I go with XFX considering the price or Sapphire?
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:28:24 PM

It's up to you I haven't been a fan of XFX's cooling design it has a rather reference feel to it.

The 820 looks good as well. It has 4 water cooling grommets. I have my eyes set on the Fractal Design cases the Define R4 or the XL R2. But You would have to do modding to get it to work I bet for water.
http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=111
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:31:56 PM

I guess cases are indeed a personal preference. I might have to go with the XFX because the cheapest Sapphire up here is the reference card and it's still 10 dollars more than the XFX BE. What about this card: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67547&vpn=GV-R797OC-3...

And I have been taking a very close look at FDF R4 and XL R2. They are good and are very tempting.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:37:21 PM

bigshootr8 said:
And complete un necessary given his configuration.



then he best change his board!!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:40:35 PM

redeemer said:
then he best change his board!!


Ah redeemer. What do you suggest I go get besides the one I have now? I mean it has PCI-E and if I put CF then I can have both cards run at 8x8. Is there a board out there that can run 16x8 for Z77? Also, I intend to move up to IB-E when it comes out so I guess this out of question right now!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:47:15 PM

That card is way cheaper than even the XFX DD GHz and I can pick it up tomorrow, I mean pick up 2 of them tomorrow and will send you 2 the pictures including my 2 monitors that are yearning for their 3rd mate!
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 9:59:39 PM

Which card? Also, there is no reason for you to get 3 way CF such overkill. Way I look at it get what you can afford now if you need more power get more power but man no need for 3. 2 screens and were talking 3 cards pfft. nope!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:08:13 PM

I am not getting 3 cards lol. I will upgrade to IB-E when it comes out and this mobo and CPU will serve my wife as HTPC and gaming (she has hijacked my games lately).

The card I am talking about is the Gigabyte one. Here's the link: http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=67547&vpn=GV-R797OC-3...
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:11:01 PM

yes, yes. I have the 670 version of that design. runs very cool and has very little noise. Gigabyte puts out really nicely priced items. I prefer other manufactures but you can't argue the price:) 
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:13:43 PM

OK so that's it then considering I will be watercooling it in no time. Woohoo!
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:15:20 PM

haha! right on man you have guts man I would be scared to watercool something that expensive :p 
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:18:37 PM

But the XFX GHz are very tempting since they're higher quality bin chips. So now it's down to those 2; Gigabyte vs XFX!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:56:58 PM

Well watercooling will be great and yes I am scared too!
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 10:59:30 PM

I would get it but the XFX GHz edition is cheaper.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 11:03:29 PM

The XFX GHz is 439.99 Canadian dollars and it has $30 MIR which will make it 409.99 before tax. So 2 of them will cost me 819.98 before tax with MIR applied and I can pick them up tomorrow and save on shipping too. See what I mean?
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 11:30:20 PM

Do you think my PSU is more than enough to have these boys (2*XFX GHz) I just ordered running with a IB-E chip (when it comes out) and 360 mm rad + 420 mm rad, 2 pumps?
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 11:52:19 PM

That is very hard to say I know that the 2011 chips have been more hungry for power. However you have a AX850 and that should be ample for what you are doing.
February 14, 2013 11:53:01 PM

Don't go SLI or CFX and you won't need the watercooling either..........also micro-stuttering is to consider when going that route.

if you wanna run 3x27" of UHD.....thats a HUGE number of pixels to push!!! and CFX and SLI setup of 2GB+2GB cards are Not 4GB but ONLY 2GB EFFECTIVELY...

so, I would recommend going with a single card solution.

GTX Titan is coming out in a week on 2/18.....should be available to ORDER in about 10 days.........6 GB, 384-bit ......that's what you need to run 3x UHD displays

so hold on for 10 days, and get a Titan. because CFX/SLI has microstuttering + heat +space + efficiency problems....
and NO single card currently available is gonna cut it for ur needs.

its gonna all change in a week.
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 14, 2013 11:57:20 PM

Well its rumored to be coming out next week I'll believe it when I see it. (Titan)
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:12:27 AM

Ah crap
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:14:30 AM

Well, what the heck. The Titan will have a $1100+ price tag and no one knows for sure if it is real or fake, hence the title rumor. I don't see why I should spend that much money on a single card that can't push 3x2560*1440p at max settings. If it's selling at that price I might as well go and grab 3CF or 3SLI.
a b U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:17:37 AM

bigshootr8 said:
That is very hard to say I know that the 2011 chips have been more hungry for power. However you have a AX850 and that should be ample for what you are doing.


I think IB-E should be less power hungry due to 22nm process just like how the current IB i5/i7 offerings are very efficient compared to SB chips.
a c 133 U Graphics card
February 15, 2013 12:18:02 AM

Indeed and even so how nvidia and amd go at multi monitor support is a bit different. I would say get the best with what you can afford. Typically SLi/CF setups handle multi monitor setups better.
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