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Which graphic card to drive 3 x Auria EQ276W (MicroCenter 7680x1440)?

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Hi,

I picked up 3 Auria EQ276W monitors last night from MicroCenter. I'm generally very impressed for the price apart from perhaps the IPS glow and black levels...but at this price they're brilliant for what I need. Outstanding text rendering, high DPI, very clear, bright.

What's the best bet for me to drive this triple-headed display, plus one LED TV? I'd like to go ATI so I can play around with EyeFinity. I'm guessing I'd be best served with an ATI 7870 "Eyefinity 6" Edition at about $350. Other thoughts?

(1) Each monitor has these inputs:

- DVI (dual link)
- DisplayPort
- HDMI
- VGA

(2) Apart from the three monitors, I also want (sometimes) to be able to output to my TV on the opposite wall...a 40" Samsung UN40D6400 (HD 1080) via the HDMI I routed through the wall. This is simply to play a video, or throw something up on the display that is visible to whoever else is in the room (not just from my desk).

(3) I'm mostly going to use this rig for coding (I'm a professional software developer), research, personal music/photo/document management, and some light gaming. I mostly game on a separate console setup. I'm not likely to care about "competitive" FPS, but would like something like Skyrim to look really pretty and high-res.

I'd like not to break the bank for something I don't need, although I do plan to upgrade the desktop PC at some point. RIght now it's just a factory-second HP shorty-ATX with an i5, 8GB RAM, and an SSD. If I get basically what I want with a $200 card that I can jam in there without it overheating itself and frying, that'd be fine.

I figure I need to run two Auria's off of DisplayPort (meaning mini??) and one off of Dual Link DVI, and the LED TV off of HDMI. Which card?

Thanks!

Pictures are of my temporary setup, as all this eventually winds up in my new home office under construction, but it gives an idea that these Korean monitors from MicroCenter don't look at all terrible, even in a triple configuration. Yes, the bezels are thick, but these will ventually be on a single triple-monitor stand, and since it's not primarily a game rig, it works for me.






Edited by SamruaiJack - 11/30/12 at 1:21pm
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Hi and welcome to OCN!

To drive monitors of that resolution for gaming requires a HUGE amount of GPU power. Running most games at medium/high settings is going to require a pair of GTX 680's or AMD Radeon 7970's. If, however, you're "just" coding or throwing up a ton of windows and such, an AMD 7750 would meet your needs.

However, you want to game on these occasionally and you have a $200 budget... I'd recommend the Radeon 7870 for your needs. On medium settings, it should be able to pull off 30fps on that setup. It sits between the 7750 and the 7970. Just bear in mind you're pushing a monumental amount of pixels. smile.gif Be ready to shell out some serious $$$ if you want to max games on them.

But for basic window management, etc, the 7750 will do you just fine.
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You are going to need a PSU no matter what card you put in there.
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Hi and welcome to OCN!

Thanks, long time lurker, first time poster.

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I'd recommend the Radeon 7870 for your needs. On medium settings, it should be able to pull off 30fps on that setup. It sits between the 7750 and the 7970. Just bear in mind you're pushing a monumental amount of pixels. smile.gif Be ready to shell out some serious $$$ if you want to max games on them.

Great advice, thanks. I'm not so much budget-limited as I am just trying to deice what I want to do with this home PC. I suppose I'm kind of growing component by component towards a faster home system. My main development rig is usually a high-end laptop (i7, SSD) provided by my company...but that will never be used with any more than 2 of these displays, naturally (via the dock).

I think just given the sheer amount of pixels I'm going to go with a 7970 straight away. Perhaps I'll find a single one is satisfactory for the light gaming I do on PC, but I can always add another to crossfire it later if I get hooked and keep growing this rig to handle more serious gaming.

At this point, I guess I'll need a new case, though, so a giant card like that fits and has proper cooling / breathing room.

The main reason I was looking at a 7850 Eyefinity 6 Edition was that I may consider another Auria once I see how all this fits on the real desk setup in the room. But then, if there's even more pixels...obviously there's got to be the juice to drive it all.

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But for basic window management

Mostly basic windowing, honestly, yes. But I know I'm going to feel the call to try cool things on this beast of a display setup...including gaming...and it would be lame to be disappointed when such a wow factor exists in potential.

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You are going to need a PSU no matter what card you put in there.

For sure. I had a 750W modular in my shopping cart already. Thanks for stating it, though. I assume that's enough oomph?
Edited by SamruaiJack - 11/30/12 at 2:49pm
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For a single card 750 should be sufficient.
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Another recommendation is Radeon 7950. They have enough V-Ram and almost the performance of the 7970s but for a cheaper price and they overclock good. I am running 5760 x 1080 right now and play BF3 multiplayer on ultra and get around 30+ fps.thumb.gif
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I'd pickup a 7970. A 7950 is close in performance on a single display. The extra price of a 7970 is worth it when you're spanning almost double the pixels of 5760x1080.

PS
OP bought +$1000 worth of monitors and someone suggested a 7800? lachen.gif
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At that resolution 6GB vRAM. What are you using it for? If its not for games GPU does not matter much just that it has to have the ability to have 2 x DVI-D and Display Port. Monitor should also have Display Port. If gaming then 3 x 7970 6GBs
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http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/08/16/amd-radeon-hd-7950-3gb-with-boost/3
If you go to the benchmarks for 5760 x 1080 you would see they can run pretty decent for a single card, but would need a second card to push upwards of 60fps.
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