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Hello All!

I am looking for some tips on a graphics card for triple monitor gaming.

Currently I am running a single 560ti (have a second one not installed)

Is there a single GPU that can handle triple monitor support in the ~$400 range?

I am looking to play TESO (The Elder Scrolls Online)

Thanks!! smile.gif
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the R9 290 is the card at $400. you should wait for the custom versions like asus dc2 or his iceq x2. should be out within a month.
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Agree with above, nonref coolers may be a bit above $400 though.

Currently running a 290 with triple 1600x900 monitors, I can run most games almost maxed. Metro LL maxed with no AA runs 60 FPS smooth.
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Sounds Great! I will wait, I know not alot of people like the XFX Cards, but I have gotten XFX Cards since my 8800GT and have had very few issues and when I do, their customer support has always been top notch with me. smile.gif

I could wait even a bit longer for the prices to drop, as TESO isn't coming anytime soon smile.gif

I don't normally run ANY AA/AF as I never see the benefit over performance drop.
Edited by Akoz - 12/3/13 at 4:45am
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Define "triple monitor" though -- 21s, 24s, or 27s? There is an obviously big difference in the amount of pixels going around.
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Define "triple monitor" though -- 21s, 24s, or 27s? There is an obviously big difference in the amount of pixels going around.
What matters is the resolution of the monitors, not the size of the panel. For example, 27-inch panels typically come in 1920x1080 or 2560x1440 resolutions. But a 27-inch 1080p monitor is going to require the same amount of graphics processing power as a 24-inch 1080p monitor.
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What matters is the resolution of the monitors, not the size of the panel. For example, 27-inch panels typically come in 1920x1080 or 2560x1440 resolutions. But a 27-inch 1080p monitor is going to require the same amount of graphics processing power as a 24-inch 1080p monitor.

Of course, that is technically correct. The best kind of correct.
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Also OP I suggest you run AF. Anisotropic filtering usually has very little performance impact but it makes textures look much clearer from a distance.

I bought my XFX card hoping for it to unlock, but it didn't. At least my warranty isn't void even though I put on a different cooler.

But yes, running triple 1080p or, God help you, 1440p, on a single card will cause massive performance drops. That's why I went with Samsung 20" 1600x900 monitors, still a decent res and the pixels are still dense enough to have good quality. That and the fact that they were selling fro $110 each on Newegg a couple months back.

1080 x 1920 = 2 million pixels
1080 x 1920 x 3 = 6.2 million pixels
1440 x 2560 = 3.7 million pixels
1440 x 2560 x 3 = 11 million pixels!
1600 x 900 x 3 = 4.3 million pixels

You will see a just about linear drop in performance for the amount of pixels that the card has to push. For example, if you get 100 FPS in BF4 at 1080p, then expect around 30-35 FPS with 3 1080p monitors.

Similarly, 100 FPS in BF4 at 1080p would translate to about 45-50 FPS with 3 1600 x 900 monitors.
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