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I'm currently running a dual monitor setup 2x Acer x223w 1680 x 1050 off of a XFX 5850 Black Edition (not OC'ed).

I was thinking of adding another x223w. Had some Eyefinity noob questions please:

1) At that resolution, could I even run all three off a single 5850? Max settings on Dragon Age Origins?

1b) If so, do I just connect that third monitor through HDMI since the two DVI's are taken up?

2) If it's best I get another 5850, what is this adapter that I need to run a third monitor? Why do I need it? How should the monitors be connected (DVI, HDMI - all to the same card, separate cards)?

Thanks for bearing with the noob questions. wave2.gif
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post #2 of 6
I doubt a single 5850 can support max settings on DA.

You will have to connect the third monitor through the display port. It requires a special "active" adapter in order to make it a DVI connection.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999032&cm_re=displayport_active-_-14-999-032-_-Product
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1) Max yes, probably not 60fps.
2) On one card atleast one of the monitors has to use the display port, you'd need a DP to vga or DP to Hdmi/DVI ACTIVE converter. The active ones get pricey.
3) If you get the second card use two monitors on the first cards DVI ports and the third on the second cards DVI.

PS. 5850's overclock well, id give it a shot if it wont max @ 60fps. I'm thinking the 1gig of video ram might be a limiting factor.
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Originally Posted by Vap0r87;12289568 
1) Max yes, probably not 60fps.
2) On one card atleast one of the monitors has to use the display port, you'd need a DP to vga or DP to Hdmi/DVI ACTIVE converter. The active ones get pricey.
3) If you get the second card use two monitors on the first cards DVI ports and the third on the second cards DVI.

PS. 5850's overclock well, id give it a shot if it wont max @ 60fps. I'm thinking the 1gig of video ram might be a limiting factor.

I'm pretty sure they will all have to be output through one card while running eyefinity.
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Thanks guys for the advice and the link to an active adapter!
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I don't have DA installed ATM but I would imagine so long as you drop AA down you will be fine. I have my 5850 slightly OC'd and I can play BC2 and other games at high settings, minus AA. As far as I remember I got higher FPS in DA than BC2 before I went to eyefinity so it would make sense that you could still run it.
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