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Running 3 6970s overclocked with an i7-2600K @ 5 GHz, i've enjoyed brilliant scaling. Also to note: microstutter would be pretty blatant with my triple 5870 setup, though only really apparent in canned benchmarks. Setting a cap on my windows timer resolution & disabling HPET has eliminated it in entirety with this Radeon generation.

1920x1080 benchmarks of note (can post later when out of work) Crysis Warhead 101 FPS + 16xEQ AA all settings maximized. Just Cause 2, Desert Sunrise 201 FPS all settings maxed. Alien vs. Predator all settings maxed, first 10 minutes of game : 249 fps. Vantage roughly 44K with 49K GPU score.

5760x1080 though, these cards shine to dazzle in scalability terms. I'm hitting 90-99% GPU usage without any real exceptions, and such crossfire enabled issues I've overcome hastily with Radeonpro. And there's been perhaps one such complication since I've hooked everything up. I've been able to vsync every game @ 60 frames in Eyefinity with all details topped off with two exceptions: Metro 2033 (which I am able to accomplish with DOF disabled, as i never utilize the feature anyway.. but for the stickler it defacto prevents locking those 60 frames down) & Crysis Warhead, which runs out of framebuffer past 4xEQ & becomes a 54 to 0 to 60 to 57 fps slide show. At 4xEQ AA though I am able to play at the 60 frames per second mark. Honestly, the stock design for these cards is silly for triple + crossfire setups, though, and I'm in process of installing a Swiftech loop (Apogee XT, M80 GPU blocks x 3, etc.). Just waiting on a couple of barbs. On the other hand, Crossfire with 2 cards didn't seem as hot or noisy as I'd anticipated.

If you don't have any issue wearing headphones, air-cooled triple 6970s is totally fine. I get temperatures a bit warm when benchmarking, but if running a single monitor 120FPS/60fps or Eyefinity 60fps, the cards don't get overwhelmingly raucous. If I unleash the complete potential of my ladies by unchaining the FPS limit, these gals really can scream but I see no worthwhile implementation of such beside benchmarking. I have the cards clocked @ 925 / 1500, too.
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Yesterday, I lost $1200 (total $3,000 this month) at the casino and this Asian woman said the exact same thing you said. Might I add she was a gorgeous woman. We started talking and she told me about her gambling experience, her husband, her 10k wedding ring, etc... Then she found out how much I lost this month and she said, " oh ya know, you only live once. Have fun while it last. When you have kids then think of the bigger picture". I was a little frustrated with the money lost but that's money I don't see. Anyways, she kind of give me piece of mind after we talk. I started to think I'm developing a gambling addiction. I made a promise to myself not to gamble again, at least not for a long time. To get over this gambling urge I'm going to spend money on electronic items instead. That will give me something in return. Long story short, " you only live once!" go for that TRIfire setup and don't look back.

LOL Rookie! +1
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You must be young..
wait until his dad says "what'd you do to my electrical bill?!"
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As far as heat goes my HD 6950 Unlocked to HD 6970 is actually 5C cooler them y old HD 5850. HD 5850 was also using 1.175v for 900Mhz Core same as this HD 6970 880MHz @ 1.175v. HD 69 loads @ 69C during gaming, HD 5850 ~ 74C
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LOL Rookie! +1
Hey that is one expensive life lesson. What's even more funny I got a phone call this morning from my friend. This guy use to make 100k a year before he got layoff. Anyways, he's been on EDD for almost a year and enjoying his so call vacation. He was lecturing me about gambling and what not and sounded depress. He told me the last few months he lost over $9000 dollars... I was speechless. So I told him I lost 3k on January but fortunately I'm not in debt. I can't say the same for my friend. New years day (my bday), two years ago, he was with me in Vegas. This guy watch me lose 4k on the roulette table. This was also his first time gambling but he won $1300+. After that day he been visiting the local casino from time to time. That being said, I still regret buying expensive computer hardware's. I regret buying any hardware over $300 like CPU's, Mobo, and GPU's. I only purchase my 6950 because I had a $200 gift card.

The good news is my tax return will cover all the money I lost last month + a little extra. Life lesson can be expensive and gambling is only for the rich (I'm not). So when OP stated, "You only live once". I completely agree with him
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when i had 3 cards like that i would undo the screws and stick something between the cards to wedge them apart a little helps with airflow.
    
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Hi just been reading this thread, has anyone had any luck running trifire 6950/70's at 5760x1200 eyefinity with a z68 motherboard? im at a loss now got the asrock extreme7 with 3 6950's in trifire, it will run ok on one monitor but as soon as i use eyefinity it goes nuts, low fps in all games and lots of screen tearing :s done everything i can think to fix this but cant get around it.. may need to sell the board if this could be the problem? thanks

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Hi just been reading this thread, has anyone had any luck running trifire 6950/70's at 5760x1200 eyefinity with a z68 motherboard? im at a loss now got the asrock extreme7 with 3 6950's in trifire, it will run ok on one monitor but as soon as i use eyefinity it goes nuts, low fps in all games and lots of screen tearing :s done everything i can think to fix this but cant get around it.. may need to sell the board if this could be the problem? thanks

I ran triple 6970 @ 3600x1920 (nearly identical to 3 x 1920 x 1200 monitors) with extremely positive scaling on p67, nf200 Gigabyte board (UD7). It should be no issue with a z68 board, as the chipsets are virtually identical.
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it's bearable.. for the sort few weeks i had 3x6970s i ran them full blast when benching... they were loud, but not that loud.. idk maybe i just got used to it... (i also have a few ultra kaze 3000 running without fan controllers )

think gtx 4xx noise level.. kinda like that
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looking over some of the picture those trifire sticking together would be a scary situation... always best to pick the best slot arrangement board if you are planning to multi GPU setup. Like the z68 which gives more room for air flow.
 
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