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There was an article about this recently online. I think it was on either Tom's Hardware or Anandtech, but basically they concluded that the only real performance drop you would see is if you had exactly that: a multi monitor setup with a big resolution. There the bandwidth starts to come into play. Unfortunately I can't remember exactly what the percentage drop was, but it was significant enough to give pause. If you are looking for an eyefinity setup, I would wait until the next socket intel is releasing this year. It'll give you the x16/x16 slots which will give you access to all the horsepower your cards can pump out, but will probably cost considerably more than the 1155 socket.


Any link to this?

The thing I can't figure out is on other reviews its always performance hit on multi monitors when you are rendering the game across all monitors. If I am just rendering the game on 2500*1600 and the other monitors are just display web browsers / windows type stuff is this the same?
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Any link to this?

The thing I can't figure out is on other reviews its always performance hit on multi monitors when you are rendering the game across all monitors. If I am just rendering the game on 2500*1600 and the other monitors are just display web browsers / windows type stuff is this the same?
Yes it is. 1600p even gets a slight bottleneck. Get a 5830 or 5770 for the other displays.
    
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Any link to this?

The thing I can't figure out is on other reviews its always performance hit on multi monitors when you are rendering the game across all monitors. If I am just rendering the game on 2500*1600 and the other monitors are just display web browsers / windows type stuff is this the same?
So get a high end graphics card for the primary 30" which I'll play games on and then a lower end for the other monitors and don't run crossfire?

This is better than getting two mid range graphics cards in crossfire in my situation?
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Only 6990/590 and other recent dual gpu cards will even come close to saturating an x16. x8 should be enough clearance, even for a single 6970.
    
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So get a high end graphics card for the primary 30" which I'll play games on and then a lower end for the other monitors and don't run crossfire?

This is better than getting two mid range graphics cards in crossfire in my situation?
What cards? A 6970 will run anything maxed out easy, you can get two for 600USD or so, and a 5770 or 5830 for like 80-100 USD.
    
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