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msi vs sapphire HD 7850 ?

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So i ordered this card , and after the promised 2 weeks , they said that it will take another week to deliver it, and now i'm checking their site, and they have this one in stock . I could just get the MSI , it's 5$ cheaper , but what worries me , is that the MSI one has only 1 DVI connector, and i currently have 2 monitors (1 DVI , 1VGA ). And cables for DVI to HDMI are expensive here...
Also i'll soon get a 3rd monitor (also VGA) , my question is , can i use my spare GT430 + this new 7850 to connect 3 monitors? if i get the sapphire one , then 2 to the main card , and 1 to 430 ,or if i chooce to switch to MSI and connect 2 to 430 and 1 to the 7850 ?
Is it a sure thing , or will there be driver issues? And will i be able to use Physx , it's not really important , just a nice bonus rolleyes.gif
so what do you think is the best option? cooling and OC wise for the msi vs sapphire , and 3 monitor setup wise ?
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post #2 of 6

I would just wait for the sapphire if I were you since you have dvi/vga monitors.

 

To hook up 3 or more monitors you need to hook up at least one with a displayport. Note that only one dvi port on the sapphire is a dvi-i port, which makes it compatible with vga-dvi adapter. For the other one you will need to buy converter to run an analogue monitor off of it.

 

No, you cannot run a gtx430 parallel to the 7850 since those cards are based on a completely different architecture.

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So that means that i'll have to buy an active miniDP to DVI adapter ? Then i'll be able to connect 1 monitor to DVI , one to DVI to VGA adapter and one to MIniDP To DVI to VGA? will that work?
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post #4 of 6

You have to buy an active minidisplayport-vga adapter in order it to work.

 

This one costs 11$+6$ shipping to russia:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-MINI-DISPLAYPORT-TO-VGA-CABLE-ADAPTER-MACBOOK-AIR-/130800945727?pt=US_Video_Cables_Adapters&hash=item1e74580a3f

 

It sais it works with macbook thunderbolt port (which is a mini-dp) but it should work fine with your 7850. (I have one too and it works fine with my 7770) The dvi-vga adapter already comes with the card.

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Thanks for the help biggrin.gif
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Happy to help! Happy gaming! thumbsupsmiley.png

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