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post #1 of 53
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I would like to feed three 22 to 24 inch monitors for a triple montor set up, I have been reading reviews on both surround and eyefinity and frankly my head is spinning.

I am not sure of todays cards in sli vs crossfire, what I can get the best set up with.

Also if any of you would like to suggest good monitors for this setup, I welcome the input. I will be staying with the 22 to 24 inch size.
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post #2 of 53
CFX is terrible and SLI is decent, neither are great, but I would probably go with nVidia.
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post #3 of 53
Whether you go with one, two or three graphics cards is the main issue. With one you are stuck with only using an AMD card because you need 2 nvidia gpus to run three monitors. I would never run three monitors at 1080p+ without at least 2 graphics cards. It just won't be smooth with newer games that are very demanding. I've used three monitors with both ATi and nvidia cards and the nvidia cards dominate in this situation. Just better mins, better averages, and just looks better with higher quality tesselation (comparing quadfire 5970s with tri sli 480s). I've found it's just much more fluid when a single card is rendering a single monitors and not two rendering three or 1 rendering three.

As for monitors, you need three of the exact same monitor. If you can get two more of what you have then that would be the cheapest route, but if not then I would get three 24inch samsungs (all models are great) since they will be relatively cheap and great quality.
 
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post #4 of 53
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CFX is terrible and SLI is decent, neither are great, but I would probably go with nVidia.
CFX is not at all terrible. Stop being such a fanboy.
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post #5 of 53
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I appreciate the input ..... but I already said I will be doing SLI or Crossfire.

I would like some more specific replies on the cards... like what cards. Brands/ model.

Dont take this the wrong way, but when you chime in and say Nvidia Surround all the way, and your sig has an ATI card.. I would like to know how your basing your opinion. I can read reviews all day long from forums of people that really dont know anything about either one, except what they have read as well.
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post #6 of 53
what's your budget? the obvious best choice is sli 580s then sli 570s. After that you're in mid range AMD territory. The 6970 is just priced too high and the 570 performs better for a lower price. Give us a budget and we'll be able to help much more
 
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post #7 of 53
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To be honest, I am not capping a budget on the cards... I want to make the choice on the best set up possible to be future proofed for a while.

Of course I dont need to go insane on the price, like I know there are $700 cards out there, but thats just nuts.

I will then get monitors after I have decided on the cards.
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Then I'd get either two gtx580s @ $500 each or two gtx 570s @ $350 each. They are both amazing cards and are the best in their price brackets. The gtx 580 is the best single gpu card on the market. You will NOT be disappointed by either card.
 
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post #9 of 53
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Then I'd get either two gtx580s @ $500 each or two gtx 570s @ $350 each. They are both amazing cards and are the best in their price brackets. The gtx 580 is the best single gpu card on the market. You will NOT be disappointed by either card.


cool, thanks for the input.

Anyone have any info of how Surround compares to Eyefinity currently? I have read some reviews but they were a bit dated. In those it spoke of that Eyefinity was more user friendly in that you could hotkey changing from three monitors to using them all singly... and that Surround at the time required you to drill down into the driver interface to do the same thing. Also a few other things that Eyefinity seemed to do better on..... One review said that Nvidia had a better screen image than Eyefinity... that Eyefinity blurred distant objects..... Wasnt sure if any of it was true, or what it is like today.
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they are quite similar. You can use eyefinity with 6 monitors, but surround only works with 3, but also 3d which eyefinity doesn't. Those are the benefits and drawbacks of each. Pretty much your decision comes down to whether you want 3 or 6 monitors and 3d or not. you can have 6 monitors with 3 videocards with nvidia, but you can't play the same game on all 6 at once. if you do want eyefinity get at least 2 6970s. You will be very happy with them.
 
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