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I think a lot of people are missing an important detail; to do a 3 monitor eyefinity setup on one card you have use at least one display port. You can't use the two DVI and hdmi together; one of the monitors has to have displayport or you have to get an active mini or regular displayport adapter that is from 25-50 dollars.

Someone on here posted a link to a 6950 and said it included a mini-display to dvi which is incorrect, it had mini-display to display.

In order to not use the display port and run 3 monitors off one card you need a Flex series GPU from Sapphire like this
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...00101&pid=1099
HMM spend additional $25-$30 for an active DP adapter or spend another $300+ on a second NVidia card? Wonder which option is cheaper?

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To game on 3 monitors?

If so you are looking at more than $360, you will need a High end AMD card like the $700 6990, or 2 $300-$350 cards from either AMD or Nvidia

Gaming on 3 monitors = very high resolutions, 1 6970 won't cut it
Really? I beg to differ, I've used the 6970 running 3 22" 1080p monitors (screen size was 5760 x 1080) and it ran just fine with FPS in the 80 range on BF:BC2 on High settings

@ SHMaRiM non-reference vs reference isn't much of a difference when you are talking the high end cards however it would be easier to sell the referenced card should you want to upgrade later on.

It is more-so a personal preference, I prefer to have my video cards reference the PCB manufacturer instead of being "borrowed" technology by others.
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HMM spend additional $25-$30 for an active DP adapter or spend another $300+ on a second NVidia card? Wonder which option is cheaper?
Did you read my post? i wasn't saying the adapter was a deal breaker and he should buy two Nvidia cards. I recommend a Flex series 69XX card from Sapphire since it's roughly the same price as reference and allows using both dvi and an hdmi for 3 screens so you don't need the adapter.

If i wanted the guy to buy 2 cards i would recommend 2 6850s because it comes to about 350, 3 screen eyefinity would be even better, and AMD scales better than Nvidia
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Did you read my post? i wasn't saying the adapter was a deal breaker and he should buy two Nvidia cards. I recommend a Flex series 69XX card from Sapphire since it's roughly the same price as reference and allows using both dvi and an hdmi for 3 screens so you don't need the adapter.

If i wanted the guy to buy 2 cards i would recommend 2 6850s because it comes to about 350, 3 screen eyefinity would be even better, and AMD scales better than Nvidia
Your link above doesn't work. To my knowledge there isn't a flex version of the 69xx series card. Not sure where you found one?!

Either way I would still recommend the guy buy the 6970 and the active mini-DP adapter, with future 6970 crossfire and be better than the best cards out there today!
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Sapphire HD 6950 on their site; haven't spotted one on newegg
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HMM spend additional $25-$30 for an active DP adapter or spend another $300+ on a second NVidia card? Wonder which option is cheaper?

Really? I beg to differ, I've used the 6970 running 3 22" 1080p monitors (screen size was 5760 x 1080) and it ran just fine with FPS in the 80 range on BF:BC2 on High settings

@ SHMaRiM non-reference vs reference isn't much of a difference when you are talking the high end cards however it would be easier to sell the referenced card should you want to upgrade later on.

It is more-so a personal preference, I prefer to have my video cards reference the PCB manufacturer instead of being "borrowed" technology by others.
you are thinking of gaming on 3 monitors that are over 1080p each. Then you need the big cards, but for 3 1080p monitors you can be just fine with a decent highend card.
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In that case will the 6950 work for now? and then with crossfire in the future will dual 6950's support games for at least a few years?

I plan on running at 5760 x 1080 with (2x-4x)AA.

I also only have a 650w PSU which I think should be enough for dual 6950's...
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In that case will the 6950 work for now? and then with crossfire in the future will dual 6950's support games for at least a few years?

I plan on running at 5760 x 1080 with (2x-4x)AA.

I also only have a 650w PSU which I think should be enough for dual 6950's...
This is what you get with 3 6950s at 5760 x 1080

Now try dividing the performance by 2.4 since you won't be getting perfect scaling with 3 cards.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...ty-vs-sli.html

In other words, you should do your research before taking anybody's word that a single 6950 or 6970 is good enough for 3 monitor gaming
Edited by saulin - 4/13/11 at 2:03pm
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This is what you get with 3 6950s at 5760 x 1080

Now try dividing the performance by 2.4 since you won't be getting perfect scaling with 3 cards.

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...ty-vs-sli.html

In other words, you should do your research before taking anybody's word that a single 6950 or 6970 is good enough for 3 monitor gaming
Thats also on 8xAA...

I don't expect a single card to play games on MAX settings but I'd hope dual cards could come close...

I wouldn't use any more than 4xAA.
Edited by SHMaRiM - 4/13/11 at 2:50pm
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Thats also on 8xAA...

I don't expect a single card to play games on MAX settings but I'd hope dual cards could come close...

I wouldn't use any more than 4xAA.
Which games do you play? Even 4xAA is too much for a single card at that res, unless the games you play are really not demanding. BTW I don't know if Crysis Warhead actually had AA in that review. If you plan on getting a second card for sure, 2 cards can do triple monitor but don't expect too much from single card
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BFBC2, COD Black Ops, Dirt2, Metal of Honor.
And Portal 2 when it comes out.
Edited by SHMaRiM - 4/13/11 at 3:55pm
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