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post #11 of 26
I have yet to see someone with an nvidia card weigh in on this. Xfire has better triple scaling. Hooked a friend up with some tri-fire 6950 toxics and I fully understood what people were saying about the drivers.

Xfire has some serious compatibility and reliability issues to work out still. It's been a bit of a battle changing things around so often. The control panel doesn't help. It's significantly less than fun to work with.
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I wouldn't switch to a 6950 or a 6970 since it would be a sidegrade/downgrade since the 460 SLI is about the same/faster than a GTX 570 which is the same as a 6970. Also, you don't need to have more memory at 1080p.

Edit: I just saw you had 3 monitors. In this case I'd go with CF 6950s 2GB because of the extra VRAM, the bigger punch and the better multi-monitor support from AMD. If you're thinking about tri-fire 6950s... Just useless and the heat output will be huge unless you watercool which is pretty much needed with 3 or more GPUs.
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post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by seannsb View Post
hey overclockers im upgrading from 2 galaxy gtx 460 768mb running a tri 23in monitor setup
Here's your problem. You can go any way, be it green or red, but get more vram if you are going surround/eyefinity.

The 6950's have received good critics, if you buy reference models you can even unlock to 6970's, and the 2 GB VRAM will definitely help.
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post #14 of 26
I agree. HD6950 2GB is the best bet. Cayman triCF scaling to good enough to exceed GTX570 TriSLI (look on TomsHW for this review), though driver differences between back then and now can always change that. Overall, one HD6950 2GB should boost your performance noticeably over SLI GTX460 768MB for your 3 panel setup.
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I wouldn't switch to a 6950 or a 6970 since it would be a sidegrade/downgrade since the 460 SLI is about the same/faster than a GTX 570 which is the same as a 6970. Also, you don't need to have more memory at 1080p.
BF3 Beta is using over 1GB at highest Beta settings at 1080p. 1.3GB IIRC.

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I have yet to see someone with an nvidia card weigh in on this. Xfire has better triple scaling. Hooked a friend up with some tri-fire 6950 toxics and I fully understood what people were saying about the drivers.

Xfire has some serious compatibility and reliability issues to work out still. It's been a bit of a battle changing things around so often. The control panel doesn't help. It's significantly less than fun to work with.
The driver issues seem to be extremely subjective. I've been Crossfired for months and I have not had a single problem. I haven't had a reason to go into the CCC at all, now that I think about it.
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post #16 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by SectorNine50 View Post
BF3 Beta is using over 1GB at highest Beta settings at 1080p. 1.3GB IIRC.



The driver issues seem to be extremely subjective. I've been Crossfired for months and I have not had a single problem. I haven't had a reason to go into the CCC at all, now that I think about it.
Yeah... My mistake I thought he was running 1GB cards on a single monitor but he has the 768MB cards with 3 monitors :/
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post #17 of 26
Options?

460 2gb
560ti 2gb
570 2.5gb
580 3gb

6870 2gb
6950 2gb
6970 2gb
6990 4gb( 2gb usable )

You'll need some cards with atleast 2gb of vram for a three monitor set up.
    
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http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/...card_review/10

and thats with older drivers the current ones increase Radeon performance even more.

For a multi-monitor setup definitely 6950's and gaming in general as more games require more than 1GB of VRAM when cranking up your settings.
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post #19 of 26
Quote:
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amd is looking like my awnser but how do triple xfire scale compared to triple sli.
Trifire scales pretty well for the most part. However, this is all dependent on the game/app. Some games will see a 30+% boost in performance, others wont change at all, and some will actually perform worse. So it all depends.

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Originally Posted by SectorNine50 View Post
BF3 Beta is using over 1GB at highest Beta settings at 1080p. 1.3GB IIRC.



The driver issues seem to be extremely subjective. I've been Crossfired for months and I have not had a single problem. I haven't had a reason to go into the CCC at all, now that I think about it.
Same here. Ive run CFX for quite a while now and the only time Ive gone into it recently is to enable/disable CFor to unlock the overdrive feature for fan control.

In regards to the OP yep ATi is the way to go. Best bang for the buck IMHO. CF some 6970's and youll be plowin through everything.
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post #20 of 26
cf 6950s 2gb and sell your gtx 460s.
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