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Triple Monitor Gaming Review
Triple Monitor Gaming
We're going to mix things up a little this time. Instead of using each camp's ultra-pricey dual-GPU card (or the new $999 Titan), we're going to see how more affordable Crossfire and SLI setups handle triple-monitor gaming compared to today's single-GPU flagships.
On AMD's side, we'll test a pair of HD 7850s (~$360) and an HD 7970 (~$430), while Nvidia's corner will feature two GTX 660 Tis (~$580) and the venerable GTX 680 (~$470).
Test Setup and System Specs
We tested with three Dell 3008WFP 30-inch LCD monitors that support a native resolution of 2560x1600. Once the monitors were connected to the graphics cards, creating a group configuration was easy. Both AMD and Nvidia drivers automatically added extra resolutions such as 7680x1600, 5760x1200 and 5040x1050 (our tests were only performed at 5760x1200 and 5040x1050).
Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.30GHz)
x4 2GB G.Skill DDR3-1600(CAS 8-8-8-20)
Asrock X79 Extreme11 (Intel X79)
OCZ ZX Series (1250w)
Crucial m4 512GB (SATA 6Gb/s)
Gainward GeForce GTX 680 (2GB)
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 (3GB)
HIS Radeon HD 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo (4GB) Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 7850 (2GB) Crossfire
Gainward GeForce GTX 660 Ti Phantom (2GB) SLI
Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2GB) SLI
actions · 2013-Feb-27 12:05 pm · (locked)
Salt Lake City, UT
Interesting read, But I dont know why anyone would SLI 660 Ti's from the get go. 7850's make sense economically, but $600 is a little steep when you could drop in 2 7950's for the same price.
actions · 2013-Feb-27 2:53 pm · (locked)
Pleasant Hill, MO
I don't know why anyone would sli 660ti ether, they have a smaller memory bus than the 7800 or 7900 series, which will effect performance at high resolutions, like tipple monitor.
actions · 2013-Feb-27 3:29 pm · (locked)