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ok im looking for a GPU to run 3 screens that has similar performance to a
HD 4850-1GB

im already running 2 screens and have a 3rd waiting to be hooked up all are using DVI

i was looking at a HD 5850
but will settle for a card that is comparable with a HD 4850

what card would be best the cheaper the better
post #2 of 14
Are you looking for a single card that can run 3 screens and eyefinity? If i'm not mistaken you need to have like 5770 cf or higher to achieve playable framerates. For a single card you could get a 5870 eyefinity6 or a 5970.
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Are you looking for a single card that can run 3 screens and eyefinity? If i'm not mistaken you need to have like 5770 cf or higher to achieve playable framerates. For a single card you could get a 5870 eyefinity6 or a 5970.
ok thanks yes it would have to be a single card as i only have 1 PCI-E slot

would i be mistaken in believing the HD 5850 hast 2 GPU`s
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Are you looking for a single card that can run 3 screens and eyefinity? If i'm not mistaken you need to have like 5770 cf or higher to achieve playable framerates. For a single card you could get a 5870 eyefinity6 or a 5970.
Define "playable".

I can crank out 5265x1050 on my lowly 6850 on DX9 titles with only minimal sacrifice of settings. OTOH, any single GPU Eyefinity setup will require sacrifice of settings for increased FOV. Also, if the OP is doing workstation usage he don't need a nuclear reactor GPU.
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post #5 of 14
5850 is a single GPU card.
The only dual GPU in the 5XXX series is the 5970.
In the 6XXX series it's the 6990.
A 4850 can't do eyefinity so your best luck would be to find a 5870 eyefinity
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ok thanks yes it would have to be a single card as i only have 1 PCI-E slot

would i be mistaken in believing the HD 5850 hast 2 GPU`s
5850 is a single GPU card... A GPU that is comparable to a 4850 will not be able to play games at a triple screen resolution....

As stated look into a 5850 or higher....
 
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post #7 of 14
I had this problem when I first got into Eyefinity. I thought my 5830 would be good since it is Eyefinity ready. Do tons of research before you buy any card and look at what your favorite game gets for framerates. For instance, to play BFBC2 on high settings on 3 monitors, I crossfired 6950s.
post #8 of 14
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5850 is a single GPU card.
The only dual GPU in the 5XXX series is the 5970.
In the 6XXX series it's the 6990.
A 4850 can't do eyefinity so your best luck would be to find a 5870 eyefinity
ok i will look for one on ebay

if i run GTA 4 in window mode i can play it stretched over 2 screens all settings high @ 30FPS average

altho a little wearied due to the bezel in the centre of the FOV

thanks every one
post #9 of 14
A cheap Eyefinity GPU would be 5770 (or 6770, thats rebranded 5770). On average card you can get 3 monitor Eyefinity working (2x DVI + displayport), there is FleX version out there as well that should be able to do 3x DVI somehow, and then there are Eyefinity 5 versions of these cards that have 5 mini displayport outputs.

5770 is sort of okish for playing at 30 fps (3x 1920x1080 screens) if you dont go nuts with AA. The price of one is usually around 85 to 100 euros.

Obviously by spending more you can get more performance.
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A cheap Eyefinity GPU would be 5770 (or 6770, thats rebranded 5770). On average card you can get 3 monitor Eyefinity working (2x DVI + displayport), there is FleX version out there as well that should be able to do 3x DVI somehow, and then there are Eyefinity 5 versions of these cards that have 5 mini displayport outputs.

5770 is sort of okish for playing at 30 fps (3x 1920x1080 screens) if you dont go nuts with AA. The price of one is usually around 85 to 100 euros.

Obviously by spending more you can get more performance.
cool i found some 5850`s new for £80 only prob is there XFX ( shudders)
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