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My GPU Decision Dilemma...Eyefinity or 3D Surround?

Poll Results: Which 1 would you choose?

Poll expired: Aug 19, 2011  
  • 28% (4)
    MSI 6950 TwinFrozr III + (3) 1600x900 HD Displays
  • 71% (10)
    GTX590 + (3) 1680x1050 3D Displays
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post #1 of 14
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I've built my 1st microATX rig and I'm trying to decide what path to take to conclude my mini-beastly rig. Please help me decide.

Buy the MSI 6950 Twin Frozr III {& unlock it} + (3) 1600x900 HD compliant displays ($660)

Buy the GTX590 and buy (3) 1680x1050 displays down the road (over $1000)

Which would you choose? Thanks for voting in advance
Edited by drBlahMan - 8/14/11 at 2:43pm
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post #2 of 14
I'd get a 590 along with 3x 1680x1050 monitors. Is there a specific reason why you won't get 1080p monitors?
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by TheBlademaster01 View Post
I'd get a 590 along with 3x 1680x1050 monitors. Is there a specific reason why you won't get 1080p monitors?
Will I be able to have acceptable game performance with (3) 1080p displays w/the GTX590 {games like Crysis/Crysis Warhead/Crysis 2, Metro 2033 & BF3 are my concern}?
Edited by drBlahMan - 8/14/11 at 3:03pm
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post #4 of 14
I doubt you could find a brand-new unlockable 6950 at this point. You might find one up for sell in OCN Marketplace though.
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post #5 of 14
The single 6950 doesn't have the grunt to run 3 monitors at decent settings and decent frame rates.

Can't you run crossfire 6950's? Or maybe a 6990?

I can't understand how you're wiling to spend over $1000 on the Nvidia solution and only $660 on the ATI solution.

For the same price of the GTX 590 + monitors you could poissbly have 3x 6950's and run Tri-Fire which would be significantly faster then a GTX 590.

I'm also not a fan of surround or eyefinity.

Sure it's cool and all that but you're still only looking at a 1680x1050 resolution and thus the same pixel density as a 1680x1050 monitor.

Why not get a 27" monitor that has a 2560x1440 resolution? That will be a much better picture due the increased resolution making games sharper and more crisp then 3x smaller monitors.
Edited by Rocket Dog - 8/15/11 at 2:46am
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post #6 of 14
I say neither. Get two 580's if you want high end Nvidia performance. 570's are also great.

Get 3 1080p monitors, there's no reason to limit yourself to such a low resolution. The "VRAM Issue", that's completely made up. Yes, you'll run into VRAM problems at 1080p x3, but just lower your AA settings or something. You should still EASILY max out games (minus AA) at 1080p.

Or you could crossfire those 6950's too, but don't count on an unlock. That would give you 2GB of VRAM which is more than enough for 3x 1080p. The 580's in SLI would be fine too at 1.5GB.
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post #7 of 14
I use 2 GTX480's and get acceptable fps in any game running 2D surround. 3D is in another league though, you need twice the HP for that! Games like BC2 want at least 2 GTX580's and an OC on the cards to run 3D surround at 60fps.
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post #8 of 14
Maybe get 3GB's 580s but they're insanely expensive...

Or it is possible to get 3x1080p screens, 3x560 Ti and use one card per screen ?
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post #9 of 14
Nope, driver limited issue.
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post #10 of 14
I also suggest going SLI 580´s and 3x 1080 screens. Its not problem to lower AA and you should run anything fine.
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