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Hey OCN

Just a quick question I have been looking into for the last couple of days and I figured I would get your opinion as well. I plan on upgrading to the eVGA FTW 4GB from a 6950. I miss nvidia and the evga cards.. like a lot. Now I do have tripple monitors and the resolution I do not have at the moment without my 3rd monitor hooked up currently but if you need the resolution I can give it out. But will this card hold with triple monitors? I do play a lot of games and not so much with all 3 but with WOW and Bioshock Defiance etc I will. Can anyone help me out? My current issue is my 6950 is on her way out so I am looking to upgrade and I have a extra 600 laying around. Any opinions?

Thanks
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To be honest, if you want to run a triple monitor setup, AMD card are MUCH better than NVIDIA because of the lack BUS bandwith on the card. But if you just prefer NVIDIA Only, I think 4GB is a good choice. It can handle triple monitor (as long as you can sacrifice AA).
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There are GPU reviews on google with a 680 4Gb on triple monitor screens.

Just find the ones with the games you want to play n see if you like the fps.
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To be honest, if you want to run a triple monitor setup, AMD card are MUCH better than NVIDIA because of the lack BUS bandwith on the card. But if you just prefer NVIDIA Only, I think 4GB is a good choice. It can handle triple monitor (as long as you can sacrifice AA).

So your saying really saying with a 7970? I mean I like the cards I just havent been nvidia in forever. I like the look of the cards with the backblate more than the bulky 7970 ones I have been seeing lately. I plan on starting to benchmark as well. Will this make a huge difference? If you think a 7970 will be the better fit link one. I can also add the WB to it also now that I think about it.
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I don't have triple monitors, but I can attest to the cards great performance.
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To be honest, if you want to run a triple monitor setup, AMD card are MUCH better than NVIDIA because of the lack BUS bandwith on the card. But if you just prefer NVIDIA Only, I think 4GB is a good choice. It can handle triple monitor (as long as you can sacrifice AA).

Please also note that doubling the memory of a graphics card is generaly a marketting ruse to sell you more expensive cards. There is NO performance increase between the 2 GB and 4 GB on any game at 1920*1080. That comes from the fact that gpu are designed to make use of a certain amount of ram and not more.
I agree with Sharchaster, amd cards tend to perform better in higher resolution (not due to memory but bandwith ) but no non-titan-single-gpu card is able to perform well (in recent games at least) with multiple monitors. The resolutions are just too big. My advice is get a CFX or SLI. Given the price, i'd say pick a couple 670 (2GB*2 = 4GB that's more than enough).
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Please also note that doubling the memory of a graphics card is generaly a marketting ruse to sell you more expensive cards. There is NO performance increase between the 2 GB and 4 GB on any game at 1920*1080. That comes from the fact that gpu are designed to make use of a certain amount of ram and not more.
I agree with Sharchaster, amd cards tend to perform better in higher resolution (not due to memory but bandwith ) but no non-titan-single-gpu card is able to perform well (in recent games at least) with multiple monitors. The resolutions are just too big. My advice is get a CFX or SLI. Given the price, i'd say pick a couple 670 (2GB*2 = 4GB that's more than enough).

From my understanding 2gb in sli is still 2gb per gpu, just how 690 4 gb is only 2gb per gpu.
    
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Please also note that doubling the memory of a graphics card is generaly a marketting ruse to sell you more expensive cards. There is NO performance increase between the 2 GB and 4 GB on any game at 1920*1080. That comes from the fact that gpu are designed to make use of a certain amount of ram and not more.
I agree with Sharchaster, amd cards tend to perform better in higher resolution (not due to memory but bandwith ) but no non-titan-single-gpu card is able to perform well (in recent games at least) with multiple monitors. The resolutions are just too big. My advice is get a CFX or SLI. Given the price, i'd say pick a couple 670 (2GB*2 = 4GB that's more than enough).
vRAM doesn't add up, SLI GTX 670 is still going to have 2GB effective vRam.
To OP, if you're gonne run three monitors you need GTX 680 4GB SLI/HD Radeon 7970 CFX or GTX 670 4GB SLI/HD Radeon 7950 CFX if at least. That's if you like high settings and AA and stuff, also considering the resolution will be 5760x1080. I think you can get away with a single 7970, but you'll have to turn down the settings esepcially AA.
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vRAM doesn't add up, SLI GTX 670 is still going to have 2GB effective vRam.
That I didn't know ... my bad
Ok 2GB is maybe too few .
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vRAM doesn't add up, SLI GTX 670 is still going to have 2GB effective vRam.
To OP, if you're gonne run three monitors you need GTX 680 4GB SLI/HD Radeon 7970 CFX or GTX 670 4GB SLI/HD Radeon 7950 CFX if at least. That's if you like high settings and AA and stuff, also considering the resolution will be 5760x1080. I think you can get away with a single 7970, but you'll have to turn down the settings esepcially AA.

So your basically saying run something SLI or CFX to get the best performace. I really want to use a full cover water block cause I plan on doing this but I do not know which card to go with. I prefer EVGA for nvidia and MSI or asus for radeon but i'm open to ideas. I have figured out I will be benching these cards as I'm upgrading my WC system today and doing a seperate loop. Extra cash for this and I've been wanting to upgrade.
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