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What woud be a good setup for someone running three 120Hz 1080P monitors? I want slight overkill, so I would never have to worry about stuttering or lag.
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3 680s or 2 690s. Going to cost you a pretty penny.
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How would 3 GTX 570 2GBs, paired with a 2500k work?
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You're going to need more than that for 3 120hz monitors to run at their full potential in surround. What he said, 3 680's for the full experience. And you will want to consider SB-E.

Agreed.

Not to say that a 2500K won't work, but that you won't realize the full potential of a high end Tri/Quad-SLI setup as they can be CPU bound. Plus the fact that you will need as much PCIE bandwidth as possible, which can only realistically be had from SB-E - assuming Nvidia gets their act together to enable PCIE 3.0 capability in their drivers. tongue.gif
     
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So I take it Nvidia Surround is exponentially more demanding than ATI Eyefinity?

I'll probably have to shoo him away from Nvidia surround, seeing as you guys are talking about a $3000/+ setup here. And thats without the monitors.
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So I take it Nvidia Surround is exponentially more demanding than ATI Eyefinity?
I'll probably have to shoo him away from Nvidia surround, seeing as you guys are talking about a $3000/+ setup here. And thats without the monitors.

Whether if it is due to the driver overhead, some inherent architectural differences in the hardware itself, or a combination of both, Nvidia GPU's seem to really need a powerful CPU in order to keep the cards constantly pumped with data:

http://hardocp.com/article/2011/05/03/nvidia_3way_sli_amd_trifire_redux/

Again, you really only tend to see the CPU bottlenecking with Tri-SLI and Quad-SLI. As was shown in the above article, a highly overclock Sandy Bridge can help to alleviate some of the CPU bottlenecking that is inherent with these sorts of setups. SB-E, of course, would be ideal because it has the IPC gains of Sandy Bridge, has more cores if you buy the hex-core's, and also has lots of PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth, which CallsignVega has helped shown to be very helpful with large Surround resolutions:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1220962/vegas-heavyweight-display-and-computer-edition-2012/0_40

It's worth repeating once more that this does not take away from the fact a strong SB (and maybe even IB) setup can still get the job done. The recommendations for the highest end hardware is purely because 120Hz Surround gaming is a very high end configuration that needs raw power to back it up. Either way you go, the bottom line is once your games are loaded and you are fully immersed in them, none of these small details really will matter. thumb.gif
     
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So I take it Nvidia Surround is exponentially more demanding than ATI Eyefinity?

I'll probably have to shoo him away from Nvidia surround, seeing as you guys are talking about a $3000/+ setup here. And thats without the monitors.
Its not that eyefinity is more demanding bit the gains are greater on nvidia cards with a more powerful Cpu. At least that was he case with the 500 series. Add to that you are using 120hz monitors which you're going to want a minimum 60fps at all times to make use of that high refresh rate.

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