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Hey Guys,

I'm going to be getting into multi-monitor gaming (eyefinity or surround) and I am wanting to make an informative decision with my money!

Should I keep my current 5970+5870 Tri-Fire, save money, and go with eyefinity

or

Should I go 580 SLI Surround, and drop about a net of $500 on the cards.

My main concern is the buffer rate of 1GB GDDR5 with my current cards when it comes to high-resolution gaming.

Please keep all biased comments on hold as I'm really just trying to make a good decision here.
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post #2 of 11
are you planning on adding 2 more 28" Hanns G?

nice to see another local! honestly, why don't you get the monitors first and check out the settings w/ your current gpu setup and go from there
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^This.
After that u can see if your setup can handle ur monitors.
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Agree w/others, get the monitors and see how you do. Eyefinity is a bit more flexible too, w/NV surround all the monitors have to be set to the same res, but not w/ATI.

Honestly if you're thinking of 3 monitors of 1920x1200, I'd be planning on selling what you have and getting a couple of 6970's for that full 2GB vram capacity.
    
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Whatever improvement you'll see is definitely not worth the extra $500.
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Whatever improvement you'll see is definitely not worth the extra $500.
this i would say
    
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post #7 of 11
Coming from a tri-fire setup to an sli setup (HD5770 / GTX570) I can tell you that I get virtually no bugs with the sli setup compared to what I would get with the tri-fire setup. IMO it seems like ATI is always a step behind when it comes to drivers that actually work.

I agree that dropping an additional $500 may not warrant the difference in performance but for someone like myself the extra charge was well worth glitch free gaming.

Unfortunately I do not have any tri-sli experience to speak from.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by brettjv View Post
Agree w/others, get the monitors and see how you do. Eyefinity is a bit more flexible too, w/NV surround all the monitors have to be set to the same res, but not w/ATI.

Honestly if you're thinking of 3 monitors of 1920x1200, I'd be planning on selling what you have and getting a couple of 6970's for that full 2GB vram capacity.
Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking since I've proposed the issue. Maybe even add a third when the time comes!
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this i would say
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post #10 of 11
I would think you would see far better gains from stacking two 580's, from every benchmark ive seen the 580 performs outstanding. Also going from tri fire to sli would decrease any diver issues you may have as well as more compatibility.

Just my
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