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Yah, that may be a problem for me, too. Dual 680 4gig cards, will it be enough ? I'm a casual gamer, too, but I'm on just about every nite for a few hours, BF3 only. Clanning isn't what it used to be sadsmiley.gif

We have 1 guy in the clan running 3 regular 60Hz monitors - HP but not IPS. And he just upgraded to a Titan from a single 2gig 680; Titan and the cpu are under water. Haven't heard much about it since he just finished the Titan install over the weekend. I'm not sold on landscape multi-monitors - you get the wraparound, but I'm fine with my 24" 1920x1200. Still, I wanna see what the fuss is about with 120Hz and higher monitors. My CL rig is giving me the Nvidia kernel blues, so I guess the cmos is gonna be tripped, lose my OC, and see what happens. 1 step backward so I can step 1 forward tongue.gif
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well, not sure what I'm looking at, not sure of the settings & I don't have any comparison, but WOW ! Read this review.

In BF3, I don't see the usual jaggies, you know, say a roofline in mid-distance, will appear to be a jagged line. You have to look for it, the jaggies are there, but are minimized to a great degree. Every piece of the landscape is brightly lit, and colorFULL ! ... Very smooth, all surfaces, in game and browsing.

Don't want to oversell it, but out of the box, its blinding bright. Pick a mode - standard or game or sRGB - and then turn the brightness and contrast down, pick Cool for Temp, so I'm running

75 brightness
65 contrast
Cool temp
Skin natural

Under system setup, turn ECO Mode off
Splendid Demo Mode off
Under Image - leave ASCR off

I forgot to put the SLI bridge back on, and I had to re-enable the SLI in the Nvidia cp - because I reset the cmos ? - anyways, by moving 1 card another slot down, the max temps while gaming are 45 and 55 - using Precision to ramp up fan speeds; and the top card is showing max ram useage at 4 gigs. Bottom card is using 300mb plus. Not sure why, but before resetting the cmos, these cards were evenly matched on vram useage. So from what little reading I've done on vram and sli, its normal for 1 card to do the work, but odd that gpu1 is using all of its vram. Would it have to do with this monitor's 144Hz refresh rate that I set it at ?

I understand that multiple GPUs are only good for multiple monitors, so i guess I'm headed that way, but still want to take my time "monitoring" this setup. That review above says that this monitor is great with 3d gaming - not gonna do it ! - but that there are better & cheaper monitors for great 2d gaming. Well, that misses the point about setting up this monitor for LightBoost, which is next on the schedule wink.gif

Keep in mind, I still suck at gaming in compare to younger, faster, more experienced players, so the monitor didn't change that part !

Oh yah, can't say enough that at this sub-$300 price point, this Asus has a great stand, easy to connect, and easily pushes up or down - no buttons to push that threaten your finger ! - and easily rotates to the left right only. Screen is only 13.5" tall, so turned sideways, will take up 40.5" of tabel space, COOL ! I can do that on the current 4 foot x 2.5 foot table.

Ok - much better. After checking others' settings, I've lowered brightness to 30 and contrast a bit up to 75, much easier on the eyes, but the colors are like iridescent, they pop !

Here's the local thread on this monitor:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1331478/new-asus-vg248qe-144hz-1ms-tn-1080p
Edited by socketus - 4/3/13 at 9:55pm
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2nd night in - turend briteness down to 15, contrast is at 65, short of professional calibration, this monitor sucks at color, esp blacks.

But its not going to be used but for gaming, unless I relocate the tower and monitors to the #1 station.

read up on its bigger version - the 27"

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_vg278he.htm

Oh yah - ran a test on Valley -



Also, I noted that the 2 cards' vram useage was split evenly, unlike last night where GPU1 was maxed out.
As they are balanced in vram useage in the game tonite, must have forgot some step last night tongue.gif
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My lil' ol 7950's, struggling to keep up with those high powered cards:
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Does CPU figure into Unigine ? I had to reset my OC coz stupid BF3 wasn't liking it ... not sure why ... I hadn't changed anything but the position of the 2nd card. Which might have been it, oh well.
Nice shot, there Mandrix, not sure where the numbers fit into everyone else's shots.
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Hard to beat those little 7950's for bang versus buck. You guys are making me want another vid card now!
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argh.. here - http://www.overclock.net/t/1360884/official-top-30-unigine-valley-benchmark-1-0-fill-the-form-single-and-multi-monitors

run the Valley bm as Extreme HD then see what you have. This bm is after I oc.ed the cpu to 4.4GHz @1.296V. Prior to the OC, I ran the Extreme HD bm, and got 1641 tongue.gif

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wow. I dont know what to type. BF3 is such a pissy game, been running latest - 314.22 - drivers, had the mild 4.4GHz oc, nothing on the gpus, but after playing around a bit, and even after resetting the gpus and rebooting, the rig is still erroring out when BF3 is run.

As for the Valley bm, you SUCK !! wink.gif I took a look at the list of benchmarks in the Valley thread, and there's a few 680sli scores that are up there, but I don't get the difference. My score drops by 2/3, and your score drops by less than 1/3.


jeebus, now I'm spending time reading up on overclocks on cpu and gpus ... and bf3. sheesh. boring stuff. otta be able to set it and go. I had been playing BF3 with the 4.4 oc on the cpu. With the latest video drivers. meh. double meh.
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Hee hee. My cards are maxed out during those runs, although I did have to drop the core OC a little for Valley ExtremeHD for some reason.
For whatever reason my two cards don't scale up all that well in Crossfire. My original 800MHz card overclocked pretty good, I've never independently overclocked the 880MHz card.

The most I can seem to get out of crossfire is 1130 core clock. I'm afraid to take the core volts much higher, it's pretty high now but the highest gpu temps I've seen are around 38c.
With my original 7950 I had no problems with a 1250 core clock.

Not really sure what a "safe" core voltage is on these cards.
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