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Here is my current setup.


The Sapphire 5770 I currently have is sort of adequate at driving that 3x1 Portrait Eyefinity at 3240x1920 resolution. The top two ones are just auxiliary displays running off the onboard gfx card (4290) for browser, MSN, temps etc. Obviously it will not play Crysis at max settings but the framerate is good enough for me at "gamer" settings and there is still plenty of eyecandy left. I mostly play MMO's and strategy (EVE online, Civ IV, rarely WoW, etc) plus occasional older shooter (Team Fortress 2, Unreal 3, etc). I consider approx 30 fps on average as acceptable as long as the min fps does not drop below 20.

What I would like to do would be adding two more of DELL 23'' displays into bottom group while remaining within "reasonable" budget.

The most economic solution for me seems to be adding a 5770 series Eyefinity 5 card into my setup, use it to drive the 5 display eyefinity group and crossfire my existing 5770 with the Eyefinity 5 version for some added performance to be able to pull off approx 10 megapixels the 5x1 Eyefinity would have.

There seems to be a small problem with my plan, however, as it seems 5770 is out of production and being replaced by 6770 cards. In the 6770 series I was able to find only XFX Eyefinity 5 card (with 5 minidisplay ports) but it does not seem to be really available for buying anywhere. Sure there is few stores in germany that seem to have it, but they dont ship to Estonia apparently.

So I have few questions about my options.

(1) I know it is not officially supported, but can I crossfire a 5770 with not supported card ? For example 5830 + 5770 or 6790 + 5770. I know I can crossfire 6770 with 5770.

(2) What card would you suggest for 5x1 Eyefinity within medium price range (up to ~175 euros or ~225 dollars), preferably around ~120 euros ?

(3) Do you have a good link to somewhere explaining how exactly does crossfire + eyefinity work ? I have read few remarks stating that it works differently than crossfire driving single screen in respect of how the cards divide load and use their vram but it seems to be hard to find proper article about how it really works.
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How can you have such a large budget for monitors and so low for video card? you need yourself a proper 2-3GB vRAM video card.
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How can you have such a large budget for monitors and so low for video card? you need yourself a proper 2-3GB vRAM video card.
Well the monitors last a lot longer than a video card. So I can justify shelling out some extra for these. Besides, the DELL U2311H is one of the cheapest e-IPS displays on the market and the cheapest display with a displayport (available in Estonia), costing approx 180 euros per display in here. The cheapest 1920x1080 displays on the market are around 100 euros, for example to two Acer's I have on top, but regular TN displays do not work in portrait mode in practice.

Usually the stand with pivot function alone welds ~30 to 50 euros on top of a monitor price. And it's still cheaper than getting a proper multi monitor stand.

But yeah, 5 x 180 euros is quite considerable budget for displays. Leaving relatively little budget for the gfx card to drive them. I would love to get a 2 gb card, but it seems all of these around going well over the 200 euros.
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Let me be more specific. What do you guys think about Sapphire 6870 FleX for this purpose. It's a bit above my aim of ~120 euros but it's available in Estonia for approx 175 euros and should be able to drive 5 displays if I understand it correct. I personally would prefer a card with all displayports but at first glance there is none of these available in Estonia atm.

Has anyone tried to crossfire 6870 card with 5770 card ? I know it's not officially supported but what will happen if I just attach the bridges ? I just cant enable crossfire in CCC ? It all crashes and burns ? I can hack the drivers to make crossfire possible ? Or both cards just take the lowest common settings and perform like crap ? Or for that purpose has anyone tried to crossfire 6870 with 6770 card ? I think it should be possible to just flash the 5770 with 6770 bios and turn it into 6770 card.

Or would I just be better off running that 6870 alone instead of trying crossfire 6870+5770 ?
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you cant xfire the 6770 with the 5770 anyways. you cant xfire between series. anyways since you want them all in 1 group you need an eyefinity 6 card OR a card with 2 mini DP outputs then you need the splitter box (Very expensive)
    
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you cant xfire the 6770 with the 5770 anyways. you cant xfire between series. anyways since you want them all in 1 group you need an eyefinity 6 card OR a card with 2 mini DP outputs then you need the splitter box (Very expensive)
According to AMD official crossfire support chart it is possible to crossfire 6770 with 5770.

What I'm asking is if anybody has tried and managed to get some unsupported combination working? All I have managed to google up in this regard is one relatively old article about getting 3000 series and 4000 series working togehter if I remeber correct.
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oh weird...

anyways though the 6770 is an OEM only card and as a result there are no drivers available for "normal people" supposedly, anyways.

But in your situation i would sell that 5770... and get a single card that can run 5 displays.


edit: where on that chart does it say it will work? it says 6770 with 6770 and 5770 with 5770.
    
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oh weird...

anyways though the 6770 is an OEM only card and as a result there are no drivers available for "normal people" supposedly, anyways.

But in your situation i would sell that 5770... and get a single card that can run 5 displays.


edit: where on that chart does it say it will work? it says 6770 with 6770 and 5770 with 5770.
If you look at the 6770 line it first suggests crossfiring with either 6770 or 6750 but there are yellow boxes also on the lines for 5770 and 5750. Mind tho I have not tried it myself, but what I have read is that when you crossfire 6770 with 5770 the 6770 must be "first" card, i.e., the one where displays are attached and 5770 is able to help it render stuff. Considering that only difference between 6770 and 5770 is few lines in BIOS it makes sense that they can work togehter.

However, I was not aware that 6770 is OEM oriented card. It would explain though why there seems to be so few of these available in online retailers. I mean for example everyone and his dog seem to be selling 6870 series cards but only select few list 6770.
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Oh yea i see it now. But yea its an OEM only card, or well its supposed to be anyways. And people who have bought them can't get drivers working right...
    
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If I had that monitor set-up, I would get at least 6950 CF.
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