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Around $1000 budget for GPU/s. What to buy with this set up?

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April 25, 2013 12:19:56 AM

I am building a new system, and I currently have three 2560x1440 IPS monitors. I want to run the games that I can in 7680x1440. And newer games I will run on a single monitor. What do you all think I should I get?

Thanks!
a b C Monitor
April 25, 2013 1:26:13 AM

May I know your full specs, first?

If you want to run on 3 monitors then you need eyefinity feature from AMD, so maybe...

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

I think crossfiring 2 of that card would be awesome for your need... :) 
Anyone else?
April 25, 2013 1:58:34 AM

wa1 said:
May I know your full specs, first?

If you want to run on 3 monitors then you need eyefinity feature from AMD, so maybe...

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

I think crossfiring 2 of that card would be awesome for your need... :) 
Anyone else?


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

That's roughly what I am planning. The extra processing and memory will be used for work tasks.

I do like the free game offers with the card. :) 
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a b C Monitor
April 25, 2013 3:56:50 AM

Triple monitor means you want an AMD card. Wait for this to hit the market:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-revi...

Ordinary crossfire will be a mistake, the article explains why.

edit: If you can't wait you will have to settle for the GTX Titan or GTX 690, although Nvidia isn't as good as AMD when it comes to triple monitor gaming.
April 25, 2013 9:33:50 AM

Thank you both for the input! The 6990 also adds around $200 to the total price for active DP to Dual DVI converters. I do kind of want something ASAP so the 690 looks pretty sexy.

The 2x SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card I like a lot too, but I am not as sure now with the link huilun02 just posted.


Any other input? :D 
April 25, 2013 10:02:28 AM

7990 is being released soon.. 7000 series dual gpu on one board. better and quieter than 6990. Being touted as the fastest card in the world. Will take every bit of your budget at $999
a b C Monitor
April 25, 2013 10:09:19 AM

Right now your best bet is 2 7970's http://amzn.to/126PUAU but you could wait for the 7990 if you want. The 7990 is going to come out around a grand per card.
April 25, 2013 10:21:18 AM

Now that i have the right motherboard i'm happy with the framerates of my 7950's in crossfire, but the microstutter is STILL an annoying thing to try and work out. I know you would still have that to deal with with the 7970's.. Would this still be a problem with the 7990?
a b C Monitor
April 25, 2013 10:44:19 AM

boredmug said:
Now that i have the right motherboard i'm happy with the framerates of my 7950's in crossfire, but the microstutter is STILL an annoying thing to try and work out. I know you would still have that to deal with with the 7970's.. Would this still be a problem with the 7990?


If your budget is $1,000 then it will not be a problem because you will only be able to afford one card. =)
April 25, 2013 10:52:59 AM

lol.. i dunno.. my two 7950's cost me a total of $325. :-D
a b C Monitor
April 25, 2013 12:33:48 PM

Anyone paying attention to the latest reviews knows that Crossfire is a bad option right now and a waste of money. In addition to poor game support, there is the well-publicized issue with frame latency and microstuttering. It's been shown consistently that SLI setups deliver a more fluid and smooth gaming experience. Your best bet is going to be GTX 670's 4GB in SLI, a GTX 690, or just a single Titan.

Several review sites have written about the problems with Crossfire in reviews just this past week.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/04/24/amd_radeon_hd...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/04/22/nvidia_geforc...
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7990/31.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-revi...

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AMD CrossFire configurations have a tendency to produce a lot of runt frames, and in many cases nearly perfectly in an alternating pattern. Not only does this mean that frame time variance will be high, but it also tells me that the value of performance gained by of adding a second GPU is completely useless in this case. Obviously the story would become then, “In Battlefield 3, does it even make sense to use a CrossFire configuration?” My answer based on the below graph would be no.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

Where AMD has definite issues is with HD 7970s in CrossFire, and our Frame Rating testing is bringing that to light in a startling fashion. In half of our tested games, the pair of Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire showed no appreciable measured or observed increase in performance compared to a single HD 7970. I cannot overstate that point more precisely: our results showed that in Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 and Sleeping Dogs, adding in another $400+ Radeon HD 7970 did nothing to improve your gaming experience, and in some cases made it worse by introducing frame time variances that lead to stutter.

The second major concern for AMD CrossFire users occurs when you enable triple-monitor configurations with Eyefinity. In every single game we tested, even Skyrim, DiRT3 and Far Cry 3 that didn’t show major runt issues on single monitor resolutions, just about every other frame of the game was being dropped. Just like the runt frame issue we mentioned above, the Eyefinity drop problem basically means you are running your 5760x1080 configuration at the performance level of a single HD 7970 even though you have invested twice the money AND that other performance software (in-game tests, FRAPS) are telling you differently. http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Frame-Ratin...

Honestly if you are going to spend $999 on a graphics cards you should really be deciding between the GTX 690 and the GTX Titan. I would go the route of the Titan and its single GPU + 6GB frame buffer for multi-monitor setups and the GTX 690 for single, high resolution monitor users.
http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-Radeon-...

April 25, 2013 1:09:47 PM

I have noticed that some of those games in Eyefinity have stutter issues but was able to mostly sort it out playing with Radeon Pro. The Nvidia cards weren't an option for me as i got two hd 7950's for the price of one.. just made sense. I couldn't get ONE gtx 670 or 680 for the price of my two HD 7950's.
April 25, 2013 1:19:08 PM

IF i had to do it again i would perhaps have gone Nvidia. BUT I'm assuming with both the PS4 and new xbox running on AMD GPU's, us AMD guys should get some kind of love in the future? Hopes and wishes, maybe? lol.
a b C Monitor
April 26, 2013 5:43:50 AM

Like I said do not Crossfire AMD cards... Read and understand the article I linked. Here I'll link you to the important page in the article if you're too lazy to read through the whole thing:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-revi...

To put it simply, wait for the 7990 or get the GTX 690/680 SLI
a b C Monitor
April 26, 2013 9:14:23 AM

huilun02 said:
Like I said do not Crossfire AMD cards... Read and understand the article I linked. Here I'll link you to the important page in the article if you're too lazy to read through the whole thing:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-revi...

To put it simply, wait for the 7990 or get the GTX 690/680 SLI

I edited your typo. Of course you know that the 7990 is Crossfire on a single card with all the incumbent microstuttering, frame latency, and driver shortcomings of the dual card option.
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