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Best single GPU for Dual-monitor setup

post #1 of 26
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Hello OC.net,

I'm on a budget of EUR250-300 and am looking for suggestions on a single gpu best for a dual monitor setup (Double 1680x1050) I've heard Radeons are more superior in performance when it reaches higher resolutions.

I'm wondering also will this hinder my performance by a lot in gaming? I mostly play mmorpgs.

I'm a noobie when it comes to this dual monitor setups frown.gif
post #2 of 26
6970, look no further.
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post #3 of 26
^ that.
Even though i'd still just get a 6950 because you can flash to 6970.
Regardless, 6950/6970 are your best bet due to eyefinity.
    
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post #4 of 26
He will run dual monitors, and if hes not experienced user, he won't know how to properly flash it, so 6970 is best pick for him, he will need every single bit of performance for high resolutions smile.gif
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post #5 of 26
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Thanks for THE Awesome super fast response thumb.gif

How about a gtx card? Is it because of their vram that they lack in multi-monitor setup?

if I'm planning to get a 6950, which would be best? Should I just get the cheapest 6950 2GB card or a 6950 toxic or the Sapphire flex or any other suggestions?

Will a 6950/6970 card be able to handle this setup for gaming at a decent fps? Decent of at least 30? (excluding games like crysis,metro,etc..)
post #6 of 26
There is very little amount of games that support dual monitors, so most likely he will only use one for gaming.

Also, make sure you have at least 1.5gb for 1680x1050 gaming because if you don't you will not be able to crank up the AA.

Also, it depends on what games you're playing. And honestly within that budget I'd recommend a gtx 480 for that price as that's the best bang/buck card out IMO. For 200$ you get the performance of a 500$ card comparing to a gtx 580 (when the gtx 480 is overclocked).
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post #7 of 26
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All along I thought those latest games (2010-2011) will be able to run on a multi-monitor setup? doh.gif

around europe, the gtx 480 cost 400+, so thats out of the question.
post #8 of 26
Trust me you want 6970 regarding your budget, and generally best option for big resolutions (2GB vram vs 1.3/1.5 on Nvidia cards)
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post #9 of 26
6970 would be best but my 470 still runs both screens fine with 1.2 gb of vram.
post #10 of 26
Are you going to be playing on both those screens? And 1680x1050 isnt really a high resolution.

Anyways check out the 6870/6950/6970
    
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