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hmm, with the 2 5850s, you basically have a 5970, so you could sell both cards and get a 5970 which has more Vram and could solve for the lack of vram running eyefinity.
The 5970 still has only 1Gb usable.
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You will need at least 2GB of VRAM for decent frames in modern games. I've had 5870 in crossfire using eyefinity and it was alright in games like Dirt, Grid, MW2..etc but when it comes to graphic intensive games like BFBC2 it was laggy.

Also, someone mentioned you have more real estate if you don't use eyefinity. Yes, that's true but I multitask a lot and I've never had to use more than two monitors most of the time. I highly doubt you'll use all three monitors.

So, for me getting eyefinity was cool for awhile but now with more graphic intensive games coming out, I have to compromise eye candy for play-ability. Now most of the time my third monitor just is in sleep mode all the time, not being used, taking up space. I always used dual monitors so that's not going to change though.

Bottom line, 2 5850's isn't enough for eyefinity. Getting three monitors only truly benefits if you're into 3rd person action or racing games. For FPS, it's a waste.
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Bottom line, 2 5850's isn't enough for eyefinity. Getting three monitors only truly benefits if you're into 3rd person action or racing games. For FPS, it's a waste.
This isn't true, in Battlefield 3 you can see alot more of the battlefield around you and this helps especially as a sniper, as it means you can look between your monitors to spot more enemies without having to spin your character around as much and giving your position away with movement in the bushes.

Anyway back to the original poster...

VRAM is definitely the master villain you have to watch out for in multi screen gaming, the more you can get the better, however there is the misconception that if you have 3 screens you have to have to game at 5760x1080/1200 or nothing.

3840x720 (which is basically 720p HDx3) allows you to play comfortably in multi screen gaming with most games at max settings and VRAM becomes a lot less of an issue. And I can tell you that even this resolution is so much better than single screen gaming at 1080p, the immersion makes gaming ...well 3 times better atleast.

Only extreme cards such as the GTX 580 3gb's in upto tri-sli or even quad sli can handle any game comfortably with max settings at resolutions of 5760x1080 and above on demanding games.

Crysis, Crysis 2 & Metro have been reported; on this forum; needing upto 2.7gb of VRAM at these settings, the 6990 only has 2gb of VRAM and GTX 590 only has 1.5gb of VRAM, even if they advertise as having double that.

With your 16:10 monitors you posted in your OP you could game at 3840x800 and get the same results.

So nearly all of us with Eyefinity or Surround Gaming are making compromises here and there to play games the way they should be played
Edited by Chobbit - 10/19/11 at 2:07am
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You will need at least 2GB of VRAM for decent frames in modern games. I've had 5870 in crossfire using eyefinity and it was alright in games like Dirt, Grid, MW2..etc but when it comes to graphic intensive games like BFBC2 it was laggy.

Also, someone mentioned you have more real estate if you don't use eyefinity. Yes, that's true but I multitask a lot and I've never had to use more than two monitors most of the time. I highly doubt you'll use all three monitors.

So, for me getting eyefinity was cool for awhile but now with more graphic intensive games coming out, I have to compromise eye candy for play-ability. Now most of the time my third monitor just is in sleep mode all the time, not being used, taking up space. I always used dual monitors so that's not going to change though.

Bottom line, 2 5850's isn't enough for eyefinity. Getting three monitors only truly benefits if you're into 3rd person action or racing games. For FPS, it's a waste.
Ugh.... I really don't want to sell my two cards, that's such a hassle. What settings were you running BFBC2 on when it was laggy, and what do you have to run it on for playability? Also, what resolution were you running, that's important too.
Edited by pjBSOD - 10/19/11 at 2:00am
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The 5970 still has only 1Gb usable.
Really? crap, then I'm a dumb dumb. Mod, delete my previous post.
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Really? crap, then I'm a dumb dumb. Mod, delete my previous post.
You don't need to have your post deleted because you made a mistake. You learn something new everyday.
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It's no sweat! I never knew memory was mirrored until I joined OCN, and since being here, my knowledge has bulged out of my head!

But the 5970 would help, because E-Peen could sell one 5850, and keep the other to run Tri-Fire
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I run 5970 oc' d
I play bfbc2 @ 6kx1k and I don't have issues. All high, no aa af ir hbo.
I like my fps high and I get about 80 or more till something blows up or look down a scope, then I'm in the 50's maybe.
V ram isNOT a issue for me and it won't be for you.

Saying that I'm not happy with the fps at stock speeds. The OC make the smooth experience for me
As long as you OC ur cards 900/1200 I think you will be more than happy

Saying all that
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I run 5970 oc' d
I play bfbc2 @ 6kx1k and I don't have issues. All high, no aa af ir hbo.
I like my fps high and I get about 80 or more till something blows up or look down a scope, then I'm in the 50's maybe.
V ram isNOT a issue for me and it won't be for you.

Saying that I'm not happy with the fps at stock speeds. The OC make the smooth experience for me
As long as you OC ur cards 900/1200 I think you will be more than happy

Saying all that
Sweet, man! Thanks
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