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Now im thinking of going Nvidia surround, the main purpose is to max out most games on 3 1080p monitors and would like some assistance.

Atm I have an 1.5gb gtx 480 and was looking to maybe do tri sli or maybe even quad sli. Heat won't be a problem as I will be watercooling nearly everything lol.

My question is do I really need quad sli to run surround or would tri sli be able to max it out?

I do understand that vram can be an issue, however, how much of a difference would it make at those resolutions with three monitors?

Also what are resolutions are available on the nvidia surround?

Also I did look at the gtx 580's, however they are kinda out of my budget and I don't think I'll be getting a few of those, so unfortunatly I have to stick to 480s. Your thoughts on that would also be appreciated.


Anyways what do you guys think. Need some assistance.
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post #2 of 10
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My question is do I really need quad sli to run surround or would tri sli be able to max it out?
Quad SLI 480's don't scale well for gaming. I'm not sure about maxing everything out but Tri-SLI should run quite well.
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I do understand that vram can be an issue, however, how much of a difference would it make at those resolutions with three monitors?
You would need to cut AA down to 0x-4x depending on the game.

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Also what are resolutions are available on the nvidia surround?
Not sure what exactly you mean since you are going with 3 1080s. You can have bezel correction and portrait as options.

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Also I did look at the gtx 580's, however they are kinda out of my budget and I don't think I'll be getting a few of those, so unfortunatly I have to stick to 480s. Your thoughts on that would also be appreciated.
I think we will see more high VRAM options with Keplar so surround gaming will be more affordable. I would like to see 2.5GB 670's
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VRam is the most important thing is a setup like this! Tri SLI should be fine!
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i can tell you that my setup is strugglin @ my resolution....i'm looking into getting another 480
    
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Now im thinking of going Nvidia surround, the main purpose is to max out most games on 3 1080p monitors and would like some assistance.

Atm I have an 1.5gb gtx 480 and was looking to maybe do tri sli or maybe even quad sli. Heat won't be a problem as I will be watercooling nearly everything lol.

My question is do I really need quad sli to run surround or would tri sli be able to max it out?

I do understand that vram can be an issue, however, how much of a difference would it make at those resolutions with three monitors?

Also what are resolutions are available on the nvidia surround?

Also I did look at the gtx 580's, however they are kinda out of my budget and I don't think I'll be getting a few of those, so unfortunatly I have to stick to 480s. Your thoughts on that would also be appreciated.


Anyways what do you guys think. Need some assistance.
If you can I would HIGHLY recommend getting SLI 3GB GTX 580s. When you start playing with 3 monitors the Vram really makes an impact. Get a third card when you can and you will be all set!

When you SLI you do not add the vram's together. You only have as much Vram as your lowest card. So tri SLI with GTX 580s still only has 1.5GB of Vram.
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VRam is the most important thing is a setup like this! Tri SLI should be fine!
Huh? VRAM is mirroed in multi-card. Ergo:

3xGTX580 1GB in SLI !=3GB of VRAM. Rather you only have 1GB of VRAM still.

You want 3GB of VRAM in SLI, you need to buy all 3GB cards.
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can someone comment on the quad 480 scaling?

thanks for all the info guys.
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post #8 of 10
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can someone comment on the quad 480 scaling?

thanks for all the info guys.
I hate to bash on a quad setup but quad 480s are not a good route to go imo. I would save some money and go tri 580s if you are thinking about quad 480s. If you use water cooling then they can be better but I would still recommend the 580s instead.

The more cards you add, the less benefit you get per card. Personally I dont think that I will use more than standard SLI or MAYBE tri-SLI for folding. I would rather build 2 computers with SLI than go quad-SLI.

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I would just go with dual 480s since they are really cheap right now:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...051&CatId=3669
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I would just go with dual 480s since they are really cheap right now:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...051&CatId=3669
Whoa, did not know that 480s had dropped so much! I would still recommend the 580s, but if you want to save some money, then 480s should be just fine! I thought they were still around 350-400
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