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I plan to run 2 GPUs for 3 monitors at 5760x1080 for gaming. The MDP to DVI adapters are $50 with the 6970's being $60 more expensive.

Is the additional $110 worth it for more frame buffer?

I also need to take into account temps in which they are going to be sandwiched together on a mATX board. The 570s have a better cooler design while the 6970s get up to 100C a card. I do not want to get 6950s and unlock and cannot afford water cooling until next fall. I will be running ASUS cards with the metal covers and 3 fans directly above and below the cards for added cooling with the two bottom being direct outside air, 100CFM.

What would you do?
Edited by zorrobyte - 1/24/11 at 11:03am
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post #2 of 26
Pending. What Res are you going to be running at?
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post #3 of 26
6950/70 are better at high resolutions.
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post #4 of 26
6950 the 2gb or ram really helps at high res
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I would go with the 570's as they a. have the better cooler design, and surround gaming has much better support than eyefinity. Also many less worries about driver issues. Just my 2 cents, but i love my tri-sli 470's for surround gaming
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post #6 of 26
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5760x1080 res. Wow, the 6950's are $100 cheaper then the 2x 570s.

My only issue with unlocking is if a card dies I may not be able to flash back the BIOS and loose my warranty. Is it that big of an issue? I'd also be able to afford a 128GB C300 SSD.
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post #7 of 26
Go with the 6970, it has the 2GB of vram which will help a lot at high-resolution situations compared to the GTX 570s.

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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
I would go with the 570's as they a. have the better cooler design, and surround gaming has much better support than eyefinity. Also many less worries about driver issues. Just my 2 cents, but i love my tri-sli 470's for surround gaming
They have very similar coolers and i've seen as much Eyefinity support as i have Surround in games
    
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post #8 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
I would go with the 570's as they a. have the better cooler design, and surround gaming has much better support than eyefinity. Also many less worries about driver issues. Just my 2 cents, but i love my tri-sli 470's for surround gaming
Uh no.

Eyefinity is better than nvidia surround or whatever its called.

6900 have more RAM.

There are no problems with AMD drivers.
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post #9 of 26
i feel you should flip a coin. this is a tough one. id go with the 570 to save some money so you can buy wc parts later
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post #10 of 26
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Allright then. Even if I can't unlock the 6950s or choose not to I'm saving enough to pickup a C300 SSD which will make a bigger difference than 6950 to 6970.

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