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Hi,

So i am thinking with my new build about getting 3 27 inch monitors that would be at 1920x1080 at 60hz.

Now for a graphics card to power this rig: which one should i go with to game at 1920x1080p at 60hz on three monitors, the 770 4gb, 670 4gb, or the amd 7970?

Games that will be played:

Fallout: New vegas and 3
Mirrors Edge 1 and 2
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Max payne 3
sonic generations
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post #2 of 24
Go for a 780.

Better value.
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If you are single GPU person, get a 780.

If you don't have a problem with Multi-GPU setups, you might want to wait till the 31st and see what AMD's driver fix does. If it does actually fix the CF issues, you can get 7950 CF/7970 CF and get better performance than a 780 at lower expense.

If you are bound to getting something within the price range of the cards you mentioned, then a single 7970 will probably be a better choice since 7970s are better than GK104 cards at multi-monitor resolutions. You can even get another down the road to go CF and get better performance.

Fair warning : You probably wont be able to turn up settings too high and still get playable frame rates with that kind of resolution and and those GPU options, especially if you plan on playing the newer titles. I'm talking BF4, ME2, Crysis 3, Metro Last Light.

Good luck! thumb.gif
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post #4 of 24
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Oh ok so the 7970 would be great for pretty much current titles correct? but even with crossfire i would not be able to turn it up to high? Also what if I changed my setup to just 2 monitors which one would do well?
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currently Nvidia has better multi GPU. for AMD you need to wait till month end for CF frame pacing driver to see if its a good alternative. you have not mentioned the max budget .

for 500 - 550 bucks Nvidia GTX 760 SLI is the best performance you can get.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127745

also 2 monitor setup is not an option for first person games (the crosshair would be lost in the bezels) . so its either single monitor or triple monitor.
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Originally Posted by Vicpdx19 View Post

Oh ok so the 7970 would be great for pretty much current titles correct? but even with crossfire i would not be able to turn it up to high? Also what if I changed my setup to just 2 monitors which one would do well?
Not exactly. A single 7970 will suffer badly in that resolution with high graphics settings but might get you playable frame rates if you turn down settings to low or in some cases medium.

Go through this, this and this to get an idea of how one and two 7970s perform at that resolution.

Although what raghu said is right, you will get better performance FPS-wise with 760 SLI than with a 7970. Although I don't know if the 256-bit 2GB memory can handle that resolution well enough.

Also like raghu said, 2 monitors isn't good for gaming for the reasons he mentioned. But my question is, why are you getting a tri-monitor setup if you can't get a decent GPU setup to run that kind of resolution at? Wouldn't you be better off getting a single 1080p/1440p screen along with something like a 780 and max the hell out of every game?

Since you mentioned going for crossfire, how much are you willing to spend? If you have a good enough budget ($1300), get two 780s. That will be a better choice than what has already been mentioned here.
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Well i dont want to break the bank too much, but i was thinking 3 24 inch monitors at 1920x1080p 60hz and also get 2 gtx 770's in sli or should I just get one 780?
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edit: wrong thread.

go for the 780, op.
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Originally Posted by Vicpdx19 View Post

Well i dont want to break the bank too much, but i was thinking 3 24 inch monitors at 1920x1080p 60hz and also get 2 gtx 770's in sli or should I just get one 780?
I apologize for asking again, but if you don't want to break the bank, then why do you want 3x1080p so badly? Why not get a single decent monitor and a good GPU?

To answer your question, 770 SLI will have more raw GPU horsepower. But as stated before, the 256-bit memory and especially the 2GB memory buffer will probably prove to be a hindrance, and probably sooner than later too.

Anyways, here and here are 770 SLI numbers for 3x1080p resolution for you to check out.

If you can get another 780 soon and are willing to do so, then get a 780 now and add another later. The 384-bit 3GB VRAM will help a lot in that kind of resolution. Otherwise the 770 SLI has more raw GPU horsepower although lacking in VRAM which, I repeat, could prove to be a problem very soon.

I still think its best that you go with a single monitor and a 780 rather than suffer through the abysmal performance you'll get with those GPU setups at 3x1080p.
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I apologize for asking again, but if you don't want to break the bank, then why do you want 3x1080p so badly? Why not get a single decent monitor and a good GPU?

To answer your question, 770 SLI will have more raw GPU horsepower. But as stated before, the 256-bit memory and especially the 2GB memory buffer will probably prove to be a hindrance, and probably sooner than later too.

Anyways, here and here are 770 SLI numbers for 3x1080p resolution for you to check out.

If you can get another 780 soon and are willing to do so, then get a 780 now and add another later. The 384-bit 3GB VRAM will help a lot in that kind of resolution. Otherwise the 770 SLI has more raw GPU horsepower although lacking in VRAM which, I repeat, could prove to be a problem very soon.

I still think its best that you go with a single monitor and a 780 rather than suffer through the abysmal performance you'll get with those GPU setups at 3x1080p.

Abysmal performance? Not in my experience. I am able to run quite demanding games just fine in triple monitor 1080p, in 3d! with my 6970 + unlocked 6950.
Arma 3 for example runs at perfectly acceptable frame rates as long as you don't enable AA (might be able to do so if you're not running 3d though).
Same goes for Battlefield 3, which has been a blast to play singe player at 40+ fps triple screen 3d again.
I am happy to post some screenshots of ingame settings or to run some benchmarks if you'd like.

Even GTAIV runs fine in eyefinity and we all know how well optimized that game is.
    
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