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Either Nvidia or AMD will be able to display two monitors on a single card.

AMD can render three screens with one card, Nvidia can render two. Nvidia has the highest VRAM offering now with 3GB flavor in a GTX 580. However that's way out of your budget. If your trying to run three screens with one card is where AMD shines. Otherwise DUAL-monitor set ups either will do nicely and compare equally.

What your going to want more than anything is at least 2GB of VRAM. When multiple monitors come into play the more VRAM one has will start to make a difference as it's trying to spread memory across more screens to render graphics.

BOTH - Nvidia and AMD has 2GB flavors. With your 250-300 Euros get the best card you can afford and get 2GB VRAM. There is no right or wrong choice and you will be able to run your two monitors nicely. Whether it's AMD or Nvidia either will give you what your going to need.

What cards fall into price in your country with 2GB VRAM versions?

List them so we can help. It's hard for people from other countries other than your own to give advice as we aren't aware of your choices or pricing.

Also keep in mind, your going to get mostly biased opinions from a majority of OCN members as most people here don't offer what's best for OP but what their brand loyalty is.

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My plan is to run on 2x 1680x1050 monitors or 2x 1920x1080 monitors and yes i`ll be playing on both screens.

6970 is my 1st choice right now but what makes the 6970 better than the 6950 in terms of price/performance?

Right now, the cheapest 6950 I can get is a Sapphire 6950 2GB - EUR222
The cheapest 6970 would be Powercolor 6970 - EUR282
That EUR60 price difference is it worth it?

Sorry for loads of questions, just wanna make sure. >.<
post #13 of 26
Go with a 2.5gb 570 or 2gb 560 ti. You could also go with the 6950/6970 if you want, either choice would be great for your needs at that resolution.
Edited by RawFoodPhil - 11/2/11 at 9:06am
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If you are not expirienced user, that 60EUR will make a difference.
post #15 of 26
For your budget the 6970 would be nice, although a GTX 580 3B is better its off your price range. The 1.5 GB is also good but the Vram is a turn off for me. I use as much as 1857mb in BF3 Maxed out + 2XMSAA @1080p on my lightning XE.
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For your budget the 6970 would be nice, although a GTX 580 3B is better its off your price range. The 1.5 GB is also good but the Vram is a turn off for me. I use as much as 1857mb in BF3 Maxed out + 2XMSAA @1080p on my lightning XE.
Just to clarify.

BF3 has a very well-known 'memory leak' bug.

For me BF3 Ultra settings 4xMSAA uses up to 1.474GB VRAM max.

Seems to be maxing everyone, including the 3GB VRAM owners. It's not effecting actual playability though.
     
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If you are not expirienced user, that 60EUR will make a difference.
Can you explain your statement?

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Originally Posted by RawFoodPhil View Post
Go with a 2.5gb 570 or 2gb 560 ti. You could also go with the 6950/6970 if you want, either choice would be great for your needs at that resolution.
2GB 570 cost at least EUR350 here
2GB 560 ti cost around 250, so I`ll take that into my recommendation. thanks
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Just to clarify.

BF3 has a very well-known 'memory leak' bug.

For me BF3 Ultra settings 4xMSAA uses up to 1.474GB VRAM max.

Seems to be maxing everyone, including the 3GB VRAM owners. It's not effecting actual playability though.
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For your budget the 6970 would be nice, although a GTX 580 3B is better its off your price range. The 1.5 GB is also good but the Vram is a turn off for me. I use as much as 1857mb in BF3 Maxed out + 2XMSAA @1080p on my lightning XE.
I use max 1513mb @ 1680x1050 and thats with ultra settings and 4xAA. 1.5gb is PERFECT for 1680x1050.

Also, I've noticed 0 difference in performance when gaming in multi-monitor mode when compared to just one single monitor.

Another thing is though like I stated before, +95% of games have dual monitor support, so chances are you WILL NOT be gaming on both monitors at that same time so you won't need to worry about gaming on any other resolution other then 1680x1050 even though you have a secondary monitor hooked up.

Also, if you decide to go with a 1920x1080 monitor I HIGHLY recommend getting something with more then 1.5gb of VRAM as you truly need 2gb for that resolution if you want to have a decent amount of AA.
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Actually Linus from NCIX showed there was only 1FPS difference between 1.5GB VRAM and 3.0GB VRAM on a single 1920x1200 resolution. So up to 1920x1200 whether it's 1.5GB / 2.0GB / 3.0GB won't make a difference.


However, in the OP's case with DUAL monitors more VRAM is king. 2GB would be great, not sure how much 500MB would make but in his case playing it safe is my suggestion.
     
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