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Poll Results: Which setup should I choose for SC2?

 
  • 48% (30)
    GTX 460 2gb SLI
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    GTX 560 1gb SLI
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post #21 of 55
in any case, more slightly slower memory is better than not enough memory. the bus will not move information fast enough to load and reload info if you are approaching the max Vram your card has. if you have 3x screens, definately go for a 2gb card. even tho the 460s are a bit slower than the 560, the 560s could just run out of memory at that resolution and then your performance will plummet. you dont add the memory of the cards in SLI, you effectively only get to use the memory from one card. go with a 2gb card for sure because even if it is a bit slower you wont run out of Vram.
    
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http://www.overclock.net/graphics-ca...eyefinity.html
^guy trying to game on 3 30" ers
"Virtually all of these games tested even with just 2x AA blew through the 1536 limit on the standard 580's. DCS A-10C used 2200MB, Heaven 2.1 with 8x AA used 2700MB and Eve online at 16x AA used 2800MB VRAM. You see that even with 6970s 2GB with more than 2x AA you run into problems."
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post #23 of 55
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Originally Posted by ebolamonkey3 View Post
Yea that's what I'm trying to figure out, if the extra cores on the 560 will overcome the extra 1gb of memory on the 460s.
You could have a card that is 10 times faster than a gtx 580,
but once the frame buffer runs out, the frame buffer runs out.
Simple as that
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post #24 of 55
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Don't forget that SC2 doesn't support eyefinity/surround. Max if i'm not mistaken is 1920X1200, which is a stretched 1920X1080.
I will just point this out again.
SC2 won't go to such high resolutions, nor support multi-monitor.
So going for surround for that game, is a bit pointless

A single 560 2GB is more than enough for that game.

Just saying!

For any other really demanding game, even without AA, you will be hard-pressed on that kind of resolution, even with 560 with 2GB.
Metro 2033 you can forget it. Same with mafia if you even look toward physx (not run, just look and the game goes BOOM on you for thinking that way).

3x30" is extremly demanding. It will be rough.
Imo, get something better, or you will feel cheated by later on.
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post #25 of 55
Its time to end this...
http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/8016...ream-card.html
460 2g in sli will be better than than 560 in sli, if the game is vram hog. At surround, most games will be vram demanding.
Of course 2x560 2g are better, but u should go 460 2g x2.
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post #26 of 55
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Thanks for all the response guys! I have decided to go with 2x GTX 460 2gb cards due to the extra 1gb of ram, and that these cards aren't too much lower than GTX 560s when OC'd.

Also, for those that say SC2 doesn't work in surround, it does in portrait mode. The game engine draws the screen by determining your monitor's height in pixels, and then fills out the rest of the screen horizontally, which is why the game renders a bit more of the map on 16:9 monitors than it does on 16:10 monitors.

In landscape mode, 3x screens are obvious too wide, and the aspect ratio is almost 5:1, so the game engine knows it has to be multiple monitors and won't let you use it to play on Bnet due to Blizz's policy on multi-monitors.

But in portrait mode, the aspect ratio is just little wider than 1080p (15/8 vs 16/9), and everything works. You only see a little bit more of the map compared to a 16:9 monitor, but you can use all 3 screens.

This is what it looks like on 3x 30" monitors

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post #27 of 55
Lol sc2 was fun in portrait mode, although very hard to get used to because of all the vertical moving you had to do compared to horizontal. Gluck with your 460's, I'm sure you wont be disappointed.
post #28 of 55
I have two 2gb GTX560s that I'm currently running one 25X16 monitor with, and I have used them to run three 19X10 monitors.

I think your plan to run three 30" panels with 460 or 560 SLi is not feasible.

You can run three 1080p panels pretty well with two 560s, I've done this. They just don't have the fillrate to run three 30" panels, you won't be happy with the performance. (at least if you're planning on gaming)

The 1GB 560s don't have enough VRAM to run 75X16.

You spent the money on your monitors, you're going to have to spend it on graphics cards. Your minimum configuration would be two 6970s, your best bet would be two 3GB GTX580s.

If you're hell bent on this, the 2GB 560s would be a much better choice than th 460s and 1GB 560s you mention.
post #29 of 55
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I have two 2gb GTX560s that I'm currently running one 25X16 monitor with, and I have used them to run three 19X10 monitors.

I think your plan to run three 30" panels with 460 or 560 SLi is not feasible.

You can run three 1080p panels pretty well with two 560s, I've done this. They just don't have the fillrate to run three 30" panels, you won't be happy with the performance. (at least if you're planning on gaming)

The 1GB 560s don't have enough VRAM to run 75X16.

You spent the money on your monitors, you're going to have to spend it on graphics cards. Your minimum configuration would be two 6970s, your best bet would be two 3GB GTX580s.

If you're hell bent on this, the 2GB 560s would be a much better choice than th 460s and 1GB 560s you mention.
What kind of games do you play though? The most graphic intensive game I play is Starcraft 2.
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post #30 of 55
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Originally Posted by ebolamonkey3 View Post
Thanks for all the response guys! I have decided to go with 2x GTX 460 2gb cards due to the extra 1gb of ram, and that these cards aren't too much lower than GTX 560s when OC'd.

Also, for those that say SC2 doesn't work in surround, it does in portrait mode. The game engine draws the screen by determining your monitor's height in pixels, and then fills out the rest of the screen horizontally, which is why the game renders a bit more of the map on 16:9 monitors than it does on 16:10 monitors.

In landscape mode, 3x screens are obvious too wide, and the aspect ratio is almost 5:1, so the game engine knows it has to be multiple monitors and won't let you use it to play on Bnet due to Blizz's policy on multi-monitors.

But in portrait mode, the aspect ratio is just little wider than 1080p (15/8 vs 16/9), and everything works. You only see a little bit more of the map compared to a 16:9 monitor, but you can use all 3 screens.

This is what it looks like on 3x 30" monitors

OP lol
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