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Ok so ive been really happy with my eyefinity setup but not so much the performance of my pair of 5770's (not really suprised but i got them very cheap) so im going to be upgrading my graphics card (and a new motherboard for 3 way support)

im set on the 6950/70 so the question is (assume im not going to flash the 6950 for this question please)

3x Asus 6950 for $899.97
3x Asus 6970 for $1139.97

2x Asus 6950 for $599.98
2x Asus 6970 for $759.98

Running at a res of 5760x1080 and ATI seems to have gotten a lot better at crossfire scaling. I dont care about going bananas on AA 4x would be plenty and would be ok with 2x but i want to be able to answer the long time question with a yes "but can it play crysis" Id like to be able to play on enthusiast at that res but i cant find any benchmarks that really compare 2 way 6950/70 against 3 way.

thoughts?

the cards will all be watercooled if that makes a difference in your decisions
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post #2 of 17
i would go for 2x 6970's and maybe add a 3rd when you really need it and prices are reduced

[going 6970's for potential higher overclocks]
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I say 2x 6970. Its enough power to use all 3 monitors, and your not losing scaling with the thrid card.
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post #4 of 17
1x 6990 + 1x 6950 = tri fire

Don't know the pricing of Antilles just yet.
But now I would go 2x 6950, for the price they are right up with the 6970 cfx and 580 sli at man resolutions.
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If price isn't a problem get 2 of these (3 monitors per card): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150460

or 2 of these (6 monitors per card):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150500
    
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Get 2x 6950 and save $160. CF performance b/w 6950 and 6970 are very minimal, 5-8 fps difference in some games. Overclock the 6950 to 6970 or higher. Both cards are capable of 1ghz core but the 6970 have a better chance. The difference in frame rates is not worth the extra $160.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DaRookie View Post
Get 2x 6950 and save $160. CF performance b/w 6950 and 6970 are very minimal, 5-8 fps difference in some games. Overclock the 6950 to 6970 or higher. Both cards are capable of 1ghz core but the 6970 have a better chance. The difference in frame rates is not worth the extra $160.
OP never stated how many monitors he will be using.. If he is using 24 Monitors then we will want 4x CFX 5870s 6 Eyefinity Edition. If we wants just 12 monitors with good performance then 2x CFX 5970s 6 Eyefinity Edtions. If he wants just 3-6 monitors then 6950-6970 in single and or in crossfire...
    
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Quote:
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If price isn't a problem get 2 of these (3 monitors per card): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150460

or 2 of these (6 monitors per card):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150500
That would be dumb

He can already do 3 monitors per card with 1 6970 and 2x 6970 would be cheaper than 2x the one you linked and perform better and scale better
     
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2x 6950.
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post #10 of 17
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hmm 3x 6950's are only $140 more than 2x 6970's


only other thing i wonder is, 850w is enough for the 2 cards but i dunno if its enough for 3 (getting corsair AX850)

basically i just want what i need to run crysis decently at 5760x1080, preferably with enthusiast settings and not worrying about AA too much


so things to consder with 3 way that im thinking, cost of a third waterblock, really will need a 2nd radiator, need a bigger psu etc
Edited by Blindsay - 1/27/11 at 5:58pm
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