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my card would be quite similiar i guess, performance wise ofc.
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6950s, get 'em on sale.
    
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Sweet okay that's cleared everything up a little

I've been doing a bit of research on crossfire and although this may be outdated info, people say they have problems running multiple monitors with crossfire.

The main reason I'm making this investment is because I'd like to run a system of three (minimum) monitors at the same time. Nvidia cards don't support more than two monitors (only reason I'm thinking of upgrading.. the gtx 460 has been great otherwise)

One ATI card will support three with the eyefinity thing but I imagine won't be able to run a game like EVE Online at max settings on three 1920x1080 monitors on it's own, hence my idea of crossfiring two of them.

Am I making the right decision? Or should I just splash out on one card powerful enough to run modern games on three HD monitors?
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For £400 get 2 HD 6950s.
    
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Oh I didn't know you were planning on running EF with an effective resolution of 5760x1080. You will definitely want to start with a more powerful card and upgrade in the future if you deem necessary. Heck, at that resolution start off with a 6950 or '70 and pair up if you need to for the future.
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Oh I didn't know you were planning on running EF with an effective resolution of 5760x1080. You will definitely want to start with a more powerful card and upgrade in the future if you deem necessary. Heck, at that resolution start off with a 6950 or '70 and pair up if you need to for the future.
So if I were to buy one of these for £350 do you think it would it be able to run most modern games across the three monitors smoothly at maximum settings?

(Edited because I linked a 6580 instead of a 6970.. woops)
Edited by tombc - 8/13/11 at 4:38pm
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Sweet okay that's cleared everything up a little

I've been doing a bit of research on crossfire and although this may be outdated info, people say they have problems running multiple monitors with crossfire.

The main reason I'm making this investment is because I'd like to run a system of three (minimum) monitors at the same time. Nvidia cards don't support more than two monitors (only reason I'm thinking of upgrading.. the gtx 460 has been great otherwise)

One ATI card will support three with the eyefinity thing but I imagine won't be able to run a game like EVE Online at max settings on three 1920x1080 monitors on it's own, hence my idea of crossfiring two of them.

Am I making the right decision? Or should I just splash out on one card powerful enough to run modern games on three HD monitors?
Crossfire HD6850s are not a good way to go for a triple monitor 5760x1080 Eyefinity setup. A single HD6850 only has a 1GB frame buffer. With two HD6850s in Crossfire the frame buffer is still 1GB since the data is mirrored in both cards and not added. A 1GB frame buffer is just not big enough for 5760x1080 gaming. I'd start out with at least a HD6950 2GB for an Eyefinity setup like that and later you could get another when you have the money. Another option is to wait for the HD7000 series which according to rumors is supposed be released around the end of 2011, but you could be waiting longer if the rumors are not true so keep that in mind.
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Another option is to wait for the HD7000 series which according to rumors is supposed be released around the end of 2011, but you could be waiting longer if the rumors are not true so keep that in mind.
Thanks for the clarification Ben! I think I will indeed wait for the new hd7000 series to be released. I'm not in a great hurry to buy anything right now so that looks like something I'll wait around for. Still got to buy the two other monitors heh so we're talking about pulling a grand out of my arse which won't be comfortable until january/february anyway!
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So if I were to buy one of these for £350 do you think it would it be able to run most modern games across the three monitors smoothly at maximum settings?

(Edited because I linked a 6580 instead of a 6970.. woops)
I don't own that kind of a setup so I can't say for sure, but it should run decently. If you intend to max it out, you just might need two of them.

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Thanks for the clarification Ben! I think I will indeed wait for the new hd7000 series to be released. I'm not in a great hurry to buy anything right now so that looks like something I'll wait around for. Still got to buy the two other monitors heh so we're talking about pulling a grand out of my arse which won't be comfortable until january/february anyway!
This would be a good move if you aren't pressed for time.
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Thanks for the clarification Ben! I think I will indeed wait for the new hd7000 series to be released. I'm not in a great hurry to buy anything right now so that looks like something I'll wait around for. Still got to buy the two other monitors heh so we're talking about pulling a grand out of my arse which won't be comfortable until january/february anyway!
That is definitely a good way to go. Even if it does get delayed for some reason, all you will be welcomed to is lower video card prices at that time. Plus from what I hear the HD7000 series is worth waiting for with its more efficient shaders and 28nm manufacturing process (versus 40nm used now, which leaves more room for performance improvements).
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