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Need a break from Nvidia I am finally ready to switch sides because of Eyefinity and like the title thread is asking, "Is a single 6970 good enough for Eyefinity?" And if it is good enough for Eyefinity, would it make more sense to buy a 2gb 6950 and unlock it?
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It depends on what games you are playing...and how much resolution you're pushing...as well as how much detail you're wanting to run...

Which would be?

My lowly 6850 is pushing 4080x1024 for perspective.
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
It depends on what games you are playing...and how much resolution you're pushing...as well as how much detail you're wanting to run...

Which would be?

My lowly 6850 is pushing 4080x1024 for perspective.
What are your in-game settings? I'm looking into using a resolution of 3840x1024, 4320x900, or 4800x900. Hoping I can use a combination of high & medium settings (at min.).
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You'd be better waiting for the HD6990 which should be here in a few weeks.
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What are your in-game settings? I'm looking into using a resolution of 3840x1024, 4320x900, or 4800x900. Hoping I can use a combination of high & medium settings (at min.).
My HIS6850 is OC'd to 840/1150...driving 3x1280x1024 cezel compensated to 4080x1024.

-For Fallout New Vegas I can run ultra. Sacrificing some AA IIRC.
-For Dragon Age Origins, High but sacrificing AA to near zip.
-HL2 et al-ultra
-Metro 2033 in DX11 mode, I can only put out medium settings (and my G15 HUD and AIDA64 says I'm using 99% of my GPU).

Those are the only games I've been running since getting this card.

With ultra-wide, you're almost certainly going to need to sacrifice AA as it is the primary VRAM hog. It depends greatly on the game.

Also some games are utterly broken under Eyefinity due to shoddy console porting, and lazy publishers who refuse to issue simple patches. I'm looking at you Mass Effect 1 & 2.
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i do believe the 6970 is bout 50% more powerful
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Phoenixlight View Post
You'd be better waiting for the HD6990 which should be here in a few weeks.
Not interested in that gpu but thanks for l@@king out

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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
My HIS6850 is OC'd to 840/1150...driving 3x1280x1024 cezel compensated to 4080x1024.

-For Fallout New Vegas I can run ultra. Sacrificing some AA IIRC.
-For Dragon Age Origins, High but sacrificing AA to near zip.
-HL2 et al-ultra
-Metro 2033 in DX11 mode, I can only put out medium settings (and my G15 HUD and AIDA64 says I'm using 99% of my GPU).

Those are the only games I've been running since getting this card.

With ultra-wide, you're almost certainly going to need to sacrifice AA as it is the primary VRAM hog. It depends greatly on the game.

Also some games are utterly broken under Eyefinity due to shoddy console porting, and lazy publishers who refuse to issue simple patches. I'm looking at you Mass Effect 1 & 2.
That's impressive for that 6850 Then I should definitely be okay with either an unlocked 6950 or 6970 (whichever I decide to buy ) I will more likely go with either the display you are using or 4320x900. As for games that does not like Eyefinity, I will be satisfied using the single screen

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This definitely show it all right here. I'll be good with the unlocked 6950 2gb or 6970 with the resolutions I am considering
post #8 of 8
You should be okay with most games. I used to run eyefinity with a single 6950 unlock and overclock to 960/1450.

Crysis,
5760x1080, No AA, High Setting, playable with very few dip if any at all.

Civilization V DX11
5760x1080, max settings, smooth gameplay.

Batman AA W/ dedicated Physx,
5760x1080, average 55 FPS, Max settings including physx on high. 100fps + w/o physx.

Left 4 dead 2,
5760x1080 average 70+, 8x aa, 16 af, max settings.
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