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Old June 2, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Default Selling 5850's. Not sure what to do next.

I know, kind of a dumb title. But it's about accurate. Let me explain my situation. I have an x58 system (i7 920, Asus p6t SE mobo), with a 3-24" monitor setup. I've been running them with dual non-reference 5850's for 6 months or so now and all has been somewhat ok. AMD drivers continue to frustrate the living he'll out of me, but I have been enjoying the triple monitor setup. One of my 5850's (sapphire vapor-x) had started clicking when under even the slightest load. It's extremely annoying and it has to go. I'm going to sell it and I figure this is as good a time as any for an upgrade.

I'm sick of AMD's drivers, and would like to go to NVidia, but my mobo only supports crossfire. I would go for dual 6950's or 6970's(2gb frame buffer would help at 5760x1200), but the drivers piss me off... I'm starting to think about the NVidia 590. Does this card need an SLI featured board? It doesn't need to bridge multiple expansion slots, so it's hard to say. I would love to just but 2 570's, but as you know, that would require a new mobo. Someone on Kijiji has offered me a 6950 in trade for my 5850's, but I don't know if I like that. Let me know what you think?
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Old June 2, 2011, 04:42 PM
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its sli on a stick so no.

and you can push a couple clicks to get sli going on any chipset..i mean your mobo :)

i would try 6950's :) though.
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its sli on a stick so no.

and you can push a couple clicks to get sli going on any chipset..i mean your mobo :)

i would try 6950's :) though.
yah, I'm thinking about it. I may not have any other reasonable choice until I upgrade my mobo
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Old June 2, 2011, 06:19 PM
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I am not a proponent of 6950 CFX... I mean yes the 2GB of frame buffer is good but 1.5GB on the 590 would do as well. I tried 6950 CFX with 3 2048X1152 displays (6144X1152) so I do have some qualification to my opinion. I experienced issues with AMD drivers and various in game issues that I have not had with 570 Sli. My friend all excited to run Eyefinity bought my two 6950s and we made a trade for the displays. Now after around a month of gaming he confessed that he too was let down by the whole experience. I realize that many others have boldly proclaimed that the scaling of 6950 CFX was great and that Eyefinity was something to behold... but that was not my experience sadly. One of the games I play most is BF BC2 and the utter pathetic performance that my 6950 CFX displayed sealed their fate.... if only the GTX 570's had a little more ram :(

Anyway those are my 2 cents. Good luck with whatever you buy.
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Old June 2, 2011, 06:34 PM
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I know, kind of a dumb title. But it's about accurate. Let me explain my situation. I have an x58 system (i7 920, Asus p6t SE mobo), with a 3-24" monitor setup.
For 5760+x1200 resolutions, I'm really liking having a pair of 3GB GTX 580s. Not exactly, cheap, but considering that I'm often using 2.3-2.8GB of of VRAM in sims, it's really the only solution that I could find to fit my particular needs. Not a cheap solution, but I wasn't interested in waiting another year for a new generation of high end cards to come out before buying something.
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Old June 2, 2011, 07:08 PM
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are you checking that with Afterburner?
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XFX Radeon 6970 and Radeon 6950 Graphics Card Review - CrossFire / Eyefinity vs SLI

look that up before giving up the radeons. look at the spanking lol
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Old June 2, 2011, 08:27 PM
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it is reviews like those that lead me to try 6950 CFX... just saying
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Old June 2, 2011, 10:24 PM
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are you checking that with Afterburner?
NVidia Inspector. I just finished running a mission in ARMA2 tonight that was pushing 2.8GB. It all depends on what you plan on doing with your system. You may not need the VRAM if you're only playing Unreal engine console ports.
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The most important game for me to play at 5760x1200 is Dirt 3 right now, but Battlefield 2+3 would be extremely nice. But basically, the better it can play games at those resolutions, the more games I will play like that. I would like to crossflash my mobo, but I'm afraid of bricking and then forcing myself to get a new mobo in the end. I'll probably end up going for a couple 6950's. I would go for 580s, but a new mobo and then $500 each is kinda steep... But we'll see what the budget says in the next while.

As for the ram argument. I'm sure it's all about how much ram you have that determines how much it uses. If you have 1gb, it'll only use it the beat it can, if you have 3, it'll use as much as it can. It's hard to tell how much is needed before you actually stop seeing a difference is what matters.

Edit: stupid iphone autocorrect.

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