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As the title says. I will eventually be getting 3 monitors (1080p), and I'm planning an upgrade.

I do not care about the brand, and I'm stuck between the GTX 580 and the 6970.
I dot want to get a gtx 570 or a 6950 with a ghetto bios "unlock" or anything worse.
I do not want eyefinity or nVidia surround (1 game on all 3 mointors)
I just want 3 individual monitors. I will game on one, and work on all three.

I want however, the card to be extremely fast, and have enough ports for all three.
The GTX 580 has 2x DVI and 1x HDMI 1.4, and that's a small problem, because the 6970 has all that PLUS a display port.

The reason why I don't want crossfire/sli or eyefinity/surround is because I will get rollercoaster performance. But the AMD card is $100 cheaper, has more ports, and has awesome crossfire scaling.


tl;dr GTX 580 or AMD 6970?
post #2 of 32
If you go with Nvidia you will need two cards, you can't run Nvidia surround with just one card so if you only want a one card solution you would need to go with ATI/eyefinity.
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If you go with Nvidia you will need two cards, you can't run Nvidia surround with just one card so if you only want a one card solution you would need to go with ATI/eyefinity.
this right here, gtx 580 is a nice card for sure but if you want 3+ screens from 1 card then ATI is the route to go
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If you go with Nvidia you will need two cards, you can't run Nvidia surround with just one card so if you only want a one card solution you would need to go with ATI/eyefinity.


Did you even read 3 lines of the OP?
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Did you even read 3 lines of the OP?
Actually yes but I totally mis-read and was trying to be helpful..... Apologies
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The 6970 isn't that far behind the 580 in performance. AMD is known to have driver issues sometimes, but usually everything is in working order (their last update helped with multi monitor issues). I would go AMD bc it'll save you money on your card and on the electricity bill. Only reason to go Nvidia that I can think of would be bc you're a folder, or need phys-x for something. Just my
    
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The 6970 isn't that far behind the 580 in performance. AMD is known to have driver issues sometimes, but usually everything is in working order (their last update helped with multi monitor issues). I would go AMD bc it'll save you money on your card and on the electricity bill. Only reason to go Nvidia that I can think of would be bc you're a folder, or need phys-x for something. Just my
What he said ^
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GTX 580 isn't worth the money imo, go HD6970 or PCS++ HD6950 (pre-unlocked into 6970, I know you said not to, but it isn't 'ghetto's since it's a feature of the PCS++) since you don't want GTX 570.
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post #9 of 32
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I know I need 2 cards to run surround. one more plus for AMD.

But PhysX and folding power is cool. Although I don't fold, so I don't need it

I run a minecraft server instead...
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You can also pick up a HD6970 at newegg for $320

MSI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-554-_-Product

PowerColor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-385-_-Product
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