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post #11 of 22
I agree, the 6950 reference cards are very good buys. They are pretty powerful normally, and unlocked and overclocked they are a beast about as powerful as a 6970.
post #12 of 22
Another vote for 6950. Unlock the shaders and overclock it.

2GB of memory means it will run all your displays easy (that's if you get the 2GB model, which you definitely should).
post #13 of 22
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OK, looks like 6950 is the way to go.

Can I unlock/over clock this ASUS one? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250400...dium=products#

OR am I better going for a reference card, or other make? I've got the ASUS RoG board, and I quite like ASUS hardware.
post #14 of 22
Thats a lot of displays on a single 6950! imo SLI the 460 with another
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post #15 of 22
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Thats a lot of displays on a single 6950! imo SLI the 460 with another
They run fine on my 460 + 9600GSO. I only play left for dead in multihead mode anyway and it runs great. Also the projector is just a clone of my centre display, so not much more overhead there.

Also I can't SLi the 460 because my mobo dosent support SLi and I need to take the old card out to put in the new rig anyway.
post #16 of 22
If you don't have the room for 3 cards then a single 6950 seems like your best option. Otherwise a second 460 will give you more performance than a single 6950 unlocked. You can use the SLI patch to enable it on your mobo:http://www.slipatch.com If you want to get into triple monitor gaming though(5760x1080 I hope)you'll need at least 2 6950s for today's games and 1.5-2GB VRAM per card. That ASUS card you linked is reference btw.

There are a few slight problems though. Since you're using more than 2 monitors, you will have to use different types of ports on the card. This causes screen tearing due to out of sync timings between DP and DVI. You can minimize this by setting your preferred monitor to the middle one and placing the DVI connected one on the right side and try to ignore the flickering.
Also, only one DVI port is dual link(2560x1600) so the other only supports up to 1920x1080.

6950:
Can I over clock it? - Yes
Can I unlock it/turn it into a better card? - Yes. Unlock the shaders, don't just flash to 6970 since memory timings are different
Can I run 4 monitors form the one card? - Yes (You can't do 5 without a MST Hub)
Will it let me span 3 monitors and clone the middle one onto a 4th monitor? - Not sure on that one
Is there a better ATi card to go for? - Only thing better is 6990 for a single card.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/11/11 at 5:17am
post #17 of 22
I have a 6950 and love it. The scaling in games if you ever decide to crossfire beats the 5000 series by quite a bit. I usually play BC2 and it can run everything at max without problems.
post #18 of 22
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If you want to get into triple monitor gaming though(5760x1080 I hope)you'll need at least 2 6950s for today's games and 1.5-2GB VRAM per card.
you can easily get away with a single 6950 for 5860x1080p setup, sure you wont be rocking 100+fps and full AA/AF but you can with AA off (Really not needed at high res anyway) very comfortably keep a consistent 60 fps in all but the most poorly optimised games.
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I have a 6950 and love it. The scaling in games if you ever decide to crossfire beats the 5000 series by quite a bit. I usually play BC2 and it can run everything at max without problems.
All the review sites for scaling the 5000 series are old, the new drivers give them basically the same performance in scaling as the 6000 series.
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post #20 of 22
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you can easily get away with a single 6950 for 5860x1080p setup, sure you wont be rocking 100+fps and full AA/AF but you can with AA off (Really not needed at high res anyway) very comfortably keep a consistent 60 fps in all but the most poorly optimised games.
At 1920x1080 how can you stand to play without at least 4xAA? Usually 8xAA is minimum for that res. Even with 0xAA, if you're playing any FPS games, an average of 60 would mean dropping well below 60 quite often which is very bad. Are there any reviews of someone playing 5760x1080 with a single 6950/70? Even 60fps seems a big generous.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 5/11/11 at 5:36am
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