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6970 + 6990 Trifire VS. SLI 3GB GTX 580?

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Like the title says, I plan on maxing it out on 3x 24 displays.


EDIT: now I'm considering getting a single 2560x1600 30" monitor, as a lot of things I've read on OCN about how eyefinity doesn't work with a lot of games and some consider it a "gimmick".
Edited by Electric - 5/30/11 at 10:50pm
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You already have one 6970 so I don't see a reason not to stick with AMD. Not 100% sure but I think eyefinity has the edge over nvidia surround but again not positive. That's a very nice setup you have

Make sure your PSU is up to the challange. Those cards will test that PSU. I wouldn't feel comfortable on anything below 1k watts
    
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Make sure you read all three before coming to a conclusion, but basically you need a fast CPU to make SLI shine.


http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...rifire_review/

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...rifire_review/

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...trifire_redux/
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i think even another 6970 will be enough
    
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You already have one 6970 so I don't see a reason not to stick with AMD. Not 100% sure but I think eyefinity has the edge over nvidia surround but again not positive. That's a very nice setup you have

Make sure your PSU is up to the challange. Those cards will test that PSU. I wouldn't feel comfortable on anything below 1k watts
Yeah I agree, I'm upgrading to a 1200w psu too.

I mean it's basically 3 cards vs. 2, so 6970+6990 for sure.
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Yeah I agree, I'm upgrading to a 1200w psu too.

I mean it's basically 3 cards vs. 2, so 6970+6990 for sure.
I would go three 6970s but I don't think your mb has three pcie, so 6990 + 6970 is ideal, unless you have plans to go with a new mb setup. Also, time to push that lovely 980x at least 4.4
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I would go three 6970s but I don't think your mb has three pcie, so 6990 + 6970 is ideal, unless you have plans to go with a new mb setup. Also, time to push that lovely 980x at least 4.4
R3F will be my next board, and now I'm considering getting a single 2560x1600 30" monitor, as a lot of things I've read on OCN about how eyefinity doesn't work with a lot of games and some consider it a "gimmick".

Oh and don't worry, I hope to get 4.7.GHz once i get my XSPC RX360 kit.
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I dont know if 3 of those cards will fit your case. How many expansion slots does it have?

What are you planning on cooling it with? A 6990 runs fairly hot and is extremely loud. I would go with another non-ref design 6970 in CF.
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R3F will be my next board, and now I'm considering getting a single 2560x1600 30" monitor, as a lot of things I've read on OCN about how eyefinity doesn't work with a lot of games and some consider it a "gimmick".

Oh and don't worry, I hope to get 4.7.GHz once i get my XSPC RX360 kit.
Better idea to go with gigabyte OC board.

I vote for the AMD solution this time around. 3 cards vs 2 is a no brainer and the 6990 is really two 6970s so theirs no restrictions at all!
     
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I dont know if 3 of those cards will fit your case. How many expansion slots does it have?

What are you planning on cooling it with? A 6990 runs fairly hot and is extremely loud. With another 6970 below or on top of it, I would go with another non-ref design 6970 in CF.
Corsair Obsidian 800D + XSPC Rasa RX360 has me covered.

I have a big upgrade thread here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ir-800d-4.html
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