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Old 25-08-10, 08:20 PM
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Hey guys I'm looking into getting a triple monitor set up primarily for productivity plus some light gaming on the side. Couple of questions though first will there be any noticable difference between 1600x900 and 1920x1080 on 20inch monitors? Secondly I'm intending on buying Sapphires new 5770 card and I'm wondering if any of you can shed some light on this as the Sapphire card effectively has a built in active display port adaptor, would it be ok to run all three monitors on DVI inputs or is one going to have to be HDMI or something similair? Any help would be appreciated

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Old 25-08-10, 09:46 PM
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I run an eyefinity setup and can give you a quick run down. You will see a difference between 1920 and 1600 even on a smaller screen, but bigger screens tend to result in a lot less eyestrain. With regards to the DVI setup, with normal cards, you would need an active adapter for a DP --> DVI connection for one monitor. In this case though with the FLEX, you shouldn't need to worry. The only thing you will need is a DVI to HDMI cable, which can be found for about £5 from most of your favourite computer etailers.

However if you are planning to game at eyefinity resolutions (5760*1080), a 5770 will not suffice.

To put it simply, unless the games you play are ancient they won't run at decent frame rates in eyefinity. To gain extra desktop real estate, it is worth it, but for gaming you need to be looking at a 5870. Another thing to note is that with an eyefinity display instead of the windows filling just one screen when you maximise them, they will fill all three. This means you will get used to resizing windows a lot, and you will need to take windows snap off. The resizing windows gets old real fast, but the massive amount of room is great. The down side is that you will find going back to single screen (or even dual) a chore.
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Old 02-10-10, 05:31 PM
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Damn i need to check these boards more regularly for replies. Thanks for the feedback its greatly appreciated. I am considering triple screen gaming but I'm probably going to be going with a ATI 5870 now especially since they have brought out the cheap display monitor active adaptors now.
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Old 02-10-10, 09:04 PM
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i would say a single 5970 for gaming with 3 screens IMO
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Old 02-10-10, 09:17 PM
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i would say a single 5970 for gaming with 3 screens IMO
Or two 5850's comes in cheaper than a 5970 and they are around the same spec.
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Old 02-10-10, 10:44 PM
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And crossfire works so well with eyefinity doesn't it. Besides a 5970 is a full fat 5870 with the clocks turned down. Even with stock coolers an 850mhz core is easy, and with water blocks I can hit 920MHz+. Ultimately a 5870 ought to be enough, just don't expect full screen crysis.

Most games other than crysis work pretty well at full resolution. For example with Dirt 2, full eyecandy (2x AA) will run at 40ish fps on a 1/2 5970, other games run pretty well.
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Old 04-10-10, 05:00 PM
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A single 5870 can handle Eyefinity pretty well, as long as you aren't going over 1080/1200p per screen.
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