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you're right but considering the cost, AMD will be a better choice.

The cost when he already owns a 670?
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Generally I like your posts, so hopefully you don't take this as argumentative. Why would you say Eyefinity is better? Disregard the GPUs, the software itself. I've used Eyefinity with my 6970, and Surround with a 660Ti and both worked almost exactly as expected.

I agree the memory bus could help, and overall AMD is the better choice, but not so much that he cannot just go dual 670s.
He could go dual 670s and would get decent fps but it would be a wiser choice to sell his 670 and buy two 7970/7950s if he has the money.
Eyefinity is easier to use, it also lets you do surround gaming with 3 monitors with different resolutions which you can't do with surround. Both technologies are good though. Just eyefinity is generally the preferred option.
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Generally I like your posts, so hopefully you don't take this as argumentative. Why would you say Eyefinity is better? Disregard the GPUs, the software itself. I've used Eyefinity with my 6970, and Surround with a 660Ti and both worked almost exactly as expected.

I agree the memory bus could help, and overall AMD is the better choice, but not so much that he cannot just go dual 670s.
He could go dual 670s and would get decent fps but it would be a wiser choice to sell his 670 and buy two 7970/7950s if he has the money.
Eyefinity is easier to use, it also lets you do surround gaming with 3 monitors with different resolutions which you can't do with surround. Both technologies are good though. Just eyefinity is generally the preferred option.


Getting a second kepler won't get you around the memory bandwidth bottleneck and at triple the resolution it will be an Achilles heel moving forward.
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Getting a second kepler won't get you around the memory bandwidth bottleneck and at triple the resolution it will be an Achilles heel moving forward.

I'd have to sell my 670, waterblock, and my PSU to buy two 7970's each with waterblocks and a a new PSU. That's like $1,150 in new parts for maybe $450 worth of sold parts. I don't have that kind of money right now unfortunately.
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Getting a second kepler won't get you around the memory bandwidth bottleneck and at triple the resolution it will be an Achilles heel moving forward.

^ this

2GB just isn't enough for surround on the latest titles. 2x 7970's would be ideal.....
 
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Getting a second kepler won't get you around the memory bandwidth bottleneck and at triple the resolution it will be an Achilles heel moving forward.

I'd have to sell my 670, waterblock, and my PSU to buy two 7970's each with waterblocks and a a new PSU. That's like $1,150 in new parts for maybe $450 worth of sold parts. I don't have that kind of money right now unfortunately.

That is true, but you'd be spending another 380-400 or so for a 670 and 100 for a block anyways...

Now that you know the memory is a limiting factor, is it a wise investment to buy another 670/block going forward knowing this? Imo, I wouldn't be dropping more money into an outcome that won't play out well in the future. You're stuck in a catch 22 more or less. Tough choices...


The other thing is that if you are going to buy another card + block either way it's not like you aren't going to spend the cash, that is if that's the path you're on. Thus you only have to get the second 7970/block after you sell the 670/block so it won't be like you start from scratch. Get 7970/block, install, sell 670/block, then add more cash for the second.
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That is true, but you'd be spending another 380-400 or so for a 670 and 100 for a block anyways...

Now that you know the memory is a limiting factor, is it a wise investment to buy another 670/block going forward knowing this? Imo, I wouldn't be dropping more money into an outcome that won't play out well in the future. You're stuck in a catch 22 more or less. Tough choices...


The other thing is that if you are going to buy another card + block either way it's not like you aren't going to spend the cash, that is if that's the path you're on. Thus you only have to get the second 7970/block after you sell the 670/block so it won't be like you start from scratch. Get 7970/block, install, sell 670/block, then add more cash for the second.

Yea I get the predicament I'm in. I think at this point I just have to determine if it's even worth me going to a second GPU at this point given the money it will cost. Afterall I just don't game all that often, I kind of just wanted to have it to show off and use on occasion biggrin.gif.
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Yea I get the predicament I'm in. I think at this point I just have to determine if it's even worth me going to a second GPU at this point given the money it will cost. Afterall I just don't game all that often, I kind of just wanted to have it to show off and use on occasion biggrin.gif.

To be fair given that your not gaming much anyway it's not worth concerning yourself with. Triple screens are great for real estate when doing desktop work, but gaming wise it's not something you should invest in unless your putting a lot more time into gaming and have enough horsepower to do it well.
 
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SLI 7950s imo. You can probably get away with a single 7970 on high (not max) settings on most games with HBAO and AA off.

I know my SLI 6970s did 5760x1080p ok for most games, 40fps with BF3/Crysis2 tho with HBAO/AA off.
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i wanted to go tripple but then just went for dell u2713hm, i realized that i dont have that much space on my table smile.gif if money is not issue you can go for dell u3011 they have premium panel guarantee so 1 bright pixel and you get replacement.

anyway its news to me that 2 evga 670ftw would be bus limited with their 256bit bus, my friend games without any problem with single oc 670 asus direct cuII. i have a tiny 660ftw and have nice fps with fxaa and even msaa in some games. see my signature. tough 192bit bus is a limit @1440, but 256 should not be even at 5760x1080. maybe others can say

question is do you have space on your table smile.gif

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