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^ And most likely you will be running two monitors off one card and one off the second
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No.

If you want to use 3 monitors with each card driving a display fine, but you can't game on that. If you load a game up it will only run on 1 display. You have to go SLI/CF to use the other gpu's which will only use the vram on the smallest card. Stop assuming and just accept it?
I'm talking about SLI/CF of course. So if I have three cards in SLI/CF driving three displays, one card for each display, then each display does not get the power of one card? ***...obviously I'm still missing something because I thought that was a really safe assumption. three cards, three displays, each display uses a card... how can that not be right?

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^ And most likely you will be running two monitors off one card and one off the second
oooh, so you wouldn't attach each display to its own card? why on earth not? I'm assuming for some reason AMD/Nvidia forces us to connect two displays to GPU 1 and one display to GPU 2 and leave GPU 3 connected to nothing? very odd.

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SLI/CF will only use the vram from the smallest card. Physically you will have 1GB=512+512, but that's not under SLI. Physical vram amount is basically MEANINGLESS. How much vram SLI/CF uses is the only thing that matters.
Ok, I'm finally grasping this. So the PC will only utilize the VRAM of one card, no matter how many cards you use in SLI/CF. What a ripoff. Fix that **** AMD/Nvidia.

So, essentially you're throwing away any VRAM in any cards after the first one. Which means that two cards will never double the performance of one? Fantastic. Well, definitely encourages you to just choose a one-card solution, doesn't it?
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well you would still have the processing power,
just not the vram..

so sli is more for processing power, the vram is still one card.
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At that res it's 580SLI, 6970 CF, and 6950 CF since only those cards have enough vram 1.5GB/2GB/2GB to deal with the demands and not get choked. Though the 570 does pretty great too. Psst, hardwarehaven.
Thx for the hardwareheaven review. very helpful. At this point I'm leaning towards a single 6950 unlocked to be a 6970 simply because it's a 2GB VRAM solution on one card that can do three displays. Nvidia has no equivalent solution unfortunately. I'll update as I get closer to the build though. Thanks to all for the advice.

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Samsung has this thin bezel array, but it's WAY overpriced. You can get three 27" 1080P's for one third the price.

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I'm using GTX 260 core 216's and while I may be VRAM limited, I am still quite happy with the framerates I'm receiving.

EDIT: I kind of fell into this setup. I've been running the 3x GTX 260's for a while and it just happened to be what's necessary for nV Surround (per the website). I realize that not everyone has or uses 3 cards.
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My setup doesn't seem to have enough vram for the resolution I use so I would heavily consider whichever option gives you the most usable vram.
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If it were me, I would go with a 6950/70, of course I am an AMD guy...
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Or Get a high end nvidia as you where going to
and then get a secondary card (Anything... i used a 7100GS) for the third monitor, The only limitation is that you cant to anything graphicically intensive on the third monitor. that goes abive the capabilities of the 7100gs

Or if you have more money, Get a GTX480(Or whatever)
then for the secondary card get something half deecent, like a GTS250/GTX260.
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I have a 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6 Edition...it's available
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Here's a thread on gtx580's in SLI. I'm looking for a cheaper solution, but I'm beginning to wonder why anyone would go with a GTX solution that lacks VRAM over Eyefinity. I'd prefer Nvidia if they had an equivalent to the 6950, but I'm not seeing it.

Geforce 580 SLi Surround - Triple Monitor 5760x1080
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