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Hey everybody.
I will be picking up a couple more monitors this coming weekend and I don't think my 5870 can handle 5760x1080 on its own.

Do you figure I should pick up a second 5870 for crossfire, or go up to a 6950 or 6970 for the extra vram and sell my 5870?

TIA
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For triple monitor gaming, 2gb vram will be much better. If you can find a couple of 6950s and sell the 5870, that'll be a much better choice.
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Sell it and buy a 6950 and expand to another 6950 later if you wish.
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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ovlazek View Post
Hey everybody.
I will be picking up a couple more monitors this coming weekend and I don't think my 5870 can handle 5760x1080 on its own.

Do you figure I should pick up a second 5870 for crossfire, or go up to a 6950 or 6970 for the extra vram and sell my 5870?

TIA
Your 5870 absolutely can handle 5760x1080 on its own..
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Your 5870 absolutely can handle 5760x1080 on its own..
While playing HL1?
That's quite a resolution to be playing with a single 5870 (especially at high settings).
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While playing HL1?
That's quite a resolution to be playing with a single 5870 (especially at high settings).
Nope, remember eyefinity came out on the 5xxx series cards, initially designed for them, they are very capable of running their flagship feature. BC2 all I had to do was turn AA down one notch from what I was running before, which at that high a res isnt even noticeable. Most games I havent had to adjust at all
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I most definitely will be playing high specs with as high AA as I can get away with. No point going to that res if you only play medium low spec.
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Ovlazek View Post
I most definitely will be playing high specs with as high AA as I can get away with. No point going to that res if you only play medium low spec.
Never had to turn anything to Medium or low, I had planned on picking up a 2nd 5870 when i set mine up, had the same worries you did, the need for it never panned out.
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post #9 of 25
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Well it's not like I HAVE to get a new card as soon as I get my monitors. I'll set it all up and see where my single 5870 takes me. I suppose if I deem it to be insufficient I will step up to a 6950. If that is the case, I would like a non-reference design as I have always had reference and am curious to the alternatives.
Twin Frozr III or DirectCuII? Something else?
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I game at an Eyefinity resolution similar to 2560x1600 and a single HD 5870 1GB seemed decently adequate for that to play games at high settings. I, however, jumped on the Newegg Shell Shocker deal where they had the Sapphire HD 5870 2GB Eyefinity6 Editions for $180+$200 so $380 for both and they plow through my games now (close to HD 6950 2GB Crossfire Performance).

I'm not sure if adding another HD 5870 1GB will help much at that resolution since most higher end games at 5760x1080 require more than 1GB of VRam. There will be a performance increase, but you may hit VRam walls in some instances.

In my opinion, going from a HD 5870 to a HD 6950 would be more of a side-grade than an upgrade. I would definitely go at least 6950 2GB crossfire for that resolution to make it worth while. Either that or just wait for the HD 7000 series or Nvidia's Kepler.
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