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ATI cards can fold, its just they suck at it, a gtx 570 is like 16k ppd, and a 6970 is 5k ppd. Also, so 1 gtx card cant support 2 monitors? and 2 gtx 560's wont beat 1 gtx 580? doesnt sound right
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ATI cards can fold, its just they suck at it, a gtx 570 is like 16k ppd, and a 6970 is 5k ppd. Also, so 1 gtx card cant support 2 monitors? and 2 gtx 560's wont beat 1 gtx 580? doesnt sound right
One gtx can run 2 monitors, but you need a 2nd gtx to "game" on 3 monitors. Also 2 gtx 560s in SLI smash a single 580.
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ok, bgtrance u seem to know alot of stuff so +rep, but heres another question, if i get 2 gtx 560's ur saying they smash fps against 580? so gtx 560's i can run max settings prolly on new dx11 games with em? Also will i be able to run 2 1920 1080 monitors off them and still keep max settings? or should i go with a 6970(but i wont get 15kppd right)?
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will the 1gb be enough for my res also?
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think 1gb is enough or i need more?
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If you are going to use 3x 1920x1080 monitors, two GTX 580 1.5gb would be enough. The 3gb card is needed when you're using multiple higher resolution panels like 30" monitors, which have roughly twice the amount of pixels as a 1080p display.

If you are going to play FPS games on 3x monitors, you'll want at least 1.5gb of ram, so the GTX 580 is your best choice, not the 560.

And price aside, I would choose Nvidia over AMD, due to 3x DVI on Nvidia vs a mixture of DVI and DP on AMD. Read through this thread for more details on 3 monitor gaming.

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1573598
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post #27 of 29
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i cant afford $1000 atm for 2 580's, so will 2 560's work for 3 monitors ok? i might only do 2 monitors not sure tbh
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post #28 of 29
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i cant afford $1000 atm for 2 580's, so will 2 560's work for 3 monitors ok? i might only do 2 monitors not sure tbh
Sure it will work, two GTX 560's will outperform a single 580, but two 580's will destroy a pair of 560's. Depending on how demanding the game is and what AA level your using you could max out that 1GB of ram pretty quickly, so you may have to turn off AA and or turn down your quality settings. Personally I never go over 4X AA anyway, AA can do more harm than good smoothing out textures over softening a games appearance, at a 1080+ resolution the detail is so fine you don't really need AA anyway.

Depending on your budget you could also consider the GTX 570 with 1280MB of ram. Newegg has a handful of them at $344.95 right now.You could also consider waiting for an open box deal.


EDIT:
Here is a PNY GTX 570 from Provantage.com for $334.58
http://www.provantage.com/pny-techno...b~7PNY90VV.htm
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I have a question, you said you're considering 2 monitors? What games are you playing? because it's almost impossible to get an enjoyable gaming experience with 2 monitors compared to 1 or 3 (at least with FPS, and racing games).

I do know some people will play windowed games, so that might be an option, but other than a hack for SLI, XfireX and SLI doesn't work in windowed mode.

The 560s will beat a single 580 in single monitor mode, but as is pointed out a lot, multicard configs are strongly driver dependent. If you do go multi monitor, the 1GB simply isn't enough for surround though. I would strongly suggest sticking with a single monitor for gaming, and get 2 560s, save up until you can comfortably afford a 3rd monitor and 2 higher end cards. You really want to have the best experience, and i'm afraid your budget is going to limit your experience. Obviously, that's just my opinion though.
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