eyefinity

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by chris, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. chris

    chris Ancient Guru

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    I'm in the process of building a new rig,would like to go for a eyefinity setup.
    Basicly I want to hook up 3 22" monitors.I know eyefinity uses very widesscreen resolutions.
    I'm thinking of getting a i7,8g RAM,HD5850 in crossfire.
    What do u guys think
    One more thing,with a setup like this,how long before I might need to upgrade again,this rig must last at least 5 years.
     
  2. BrightCandle

    BrightCandle Active Member

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    1) No rig lasts 5 years, practically speaking the hardware is obsolete the moment you open the box. With a doubling of transistors coming every 2 years in 5 years time you will have just 1/5th that of a modern machine.

    2) If you intend to game in eyefinity then ideally you need a lot more graphics performance than a 5850. Its a 2 generations old card, it is the mid range card and it wasn't really up to eyefinity gaming when it was released let alone on today's games.

    I don't think its likely you'll be able to get what you want.
     
  3. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    An i7 2600K or 3770K are both very capable processors when it comes to pushing those kind of resolutions, but a 5850 is nowhere near powerful enough to compete with it. A (pair of) 7970(s) or similar would produce the kind of oomph you need nowadays to run 3 x 22 inch screens. I upgraded from a 5970 (5870X2 effectively) to a single 7970 and found a huge jump in performance, but 2 of em :p
     
  4. Kohlendioxidus

    Kohlendioxidus Maha Guru

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    firstly this ^:

    secondly, I have Eyefinity and I would suggest at least a 7950 if you wanna play some games. For usuall "every day bussiness" a 5850 is more than enough and Eyefinity have a lot of advantages. I would never go back to a single TFT....:nerd:

    Don't forget, GPU Power is not all that you need. RAM is in Eyefinity more important (and your 5850's don't have enough), that was the main reason why I sold my 2x5870 and went 2x7950.
     
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  5. StewieTech

    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    My gpu sometimes strugles at 1080p, so...yeah...^
     
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    lmimmfn Ancient Guru

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    5850's dont have enough vram for gaming with 3 screens( as was said above and was the main reason i ditched my 5850 for a 6970 initially ).
    I game at 5040x1050 on 3 22" screens and my 2 6970's just about cope and can nearly max every game( generally no AA or minimum AA, cant max out any of the Crysis games on 3 screens or Metro 2033 ), probably better going for a single 7950 if you can( but better if you get 2 ).
     
  7. chris

    chris Ancient Guru

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    It would seem that the eyefinity technology doesn't really justify the price tag.
    If you want it done right.
     

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