Originally Posted by jetpak12
Have fun with the upgrade, I think I'll be upgrading to a 4770K sometime soon as well
. I'll probably stick with Intel CPU + AMD GPU for quite some time. Meanwhile my brother is running AMD CPU + Nvidia GPU.
And I certainly agree though that AMD cards do much better at higher resolutions. I had Eyefinity for a while (5760 x 1080) and eventually decided that I never really used the outer halves of the outer screens (and the game support wasn't that great), so I went with a single IPS 2560x1440 display, and I'm happy with it.
One nice thing about high resolutions is that you remove some of the CPU bottleneck and make things more GPU-bound. However, Crossfire does some with a cost in CPU overhead which may be holding you back some. Are you getting 99% GPU usage in both cards during the benchmarks?
Also, a note about running in Eyefinity, the website wsgf.org is great resource.
I love AMD and will continue to support their products and buy their GPUs. For a low end or even a midrange to mid high end build, their CPUs make sense. However, Big Red isn't exactly a low end budget build like it started out as. I think with two top of the line graphics cards and three monitors, Big Red is firmly in the high end. I guess I'll find out if my purchase was worth it once I get my new CPU and overclock it and try Valley. Even still, 3 of the computers in the house have AMD processors and they are PERFECT for what they're used for. 2 Phenom IIs and an old Athlon 64 3200+ that's in great running shape. Eventually once I'm sure there's nothing wrong with my new board and cpu I'll give my Crosshair V and FX-8350 to Bridgett and it will go in Azza Blue. (She's gonna have to buy an H80 to cool that sucker though.)
Hawaii does better at higher resolutions because it has 64 ROPs, whereas GK110 only has 48, and this means Hawaii has a much greater pixel fillrate. I just don't understand the poor Crossfire scaling I'm getting in Valley at 1080p. I asked another member with 2 290s and an FX-8350 (Sgt Bilko) and he gets roughly the same results on that bench. So it's not just me.
I know what you mean about not looking at the outer monitors, I mostly stare at the middle monitor but my vision is decent with glasses so I still feel more immersed. Also, I turn my head and look at the side monitors when I'm driving a car or something and just appreciate the scenery. I really do like having Eyefinity. Tbh I don't game as much as I would like, I used to stay up for 3 days at a time without sleep playing Ragnarok Online and WoW. I can't do that anymore. I'm only getting older, not younger and a lot of days my back is sore and I don't want to sit in a computer chair for 8 hours. Also, I live with my family and girlfriend and really enjoy spending time with everyone. I feel happier doing things with others now than sitting on my own and playing games. I bench a LOT for hwbot, you can see my standing if you click the link below my avatar, so my system is also used for that. It's more of a project to build the coolest looking, most powerful computer I can at this point, and I sometimes wonder about it's practicality and if the money I'm spending is worth it. I definitely enjoy gaming on it when I do but it's not something I can do all the time anymore. A lot of days I just end up on the couch watching anime.... I really need to invest in a larger hard drive eventually so I don't have to keep deleting anime when I finish it.
I can't tell if I'm getting 100% GPU usage because I have no way to monitor it. If I try and run Valley with Afterburner open, Valley doesn't load and gives me some kind of DirectX11 error then switches to Window mode. I usually use Trixx to overclock, always have, but it has no OSD. I started using Afterburner to monitor card load and temps because the other software I use, PlayClaw5, doesn't monitor the second GPU. It will display fps, cpu usage, and my first card but there's a bug where it doesn't show the second card and the developers haven't fixed it yet. Besides, PlayClaw never shows up in benchmarks for me anyway for some reason, only in games...
I've been to WGSF. For most of the games I play, there's an app called Flawless Widescreen that fixes problems with most of them. It's a necessity for Skyrim.