Graphics Card for Eyefinity
Shortly, I'll be getting a 720p Sony Bravia TV and in January, I'll be receiving a lower end monitor (probably 1280x1024 or 1024x768, connectors unknown at this point).
So that will be an Asus 24" 1920x1080 monitor, HDMI/DVI/VGA
720P Sony Bravia 32", at least an HDMI I believe
Random montor, at least a VGA, possibly a DVI
Right now I have an Asus 9800GT Ultimate (Basically an 8800GTS) running on an Asus P5Q-E Socket 775 Motherboard with a 550 Watt Asus PSU. An awesome graphics card!
My question is, how could I go about setting up all these monitors and what graphics card should I be considering? What is the state of fglrx, catalyst, radeon, etc? AMD/ATI graphics drivers are a big question mark for me.
Or am I better off getting a slightly chunkier PSU, and just running 2 independent Nvidia cards? Would this support 3D on at least one monitor? My motherboard is Crossfire. The 9800GT UL is a bit of a power hog but it's an awesome stable card. And the drivers support it well.
Typical usage patterns in Linux: Lots of GIS work with SAGA GIS/Grass/QGIS/Google Earth. Some gaming with Nexuiz, ETQW, would like good performance with Ungine for upcoming games. This computer will likely also be driving MythFrontend on the Bravia
Windows: Some light gaming, mostly lower settings, ArcGIS, MW2, Hopefully some Battlefield coming up.
I have considered the following options:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814127576 MSI 6850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...5096&Tpk=v4800 FirePro v4800 (apparently this specifically says in the description it will do 3 monitors, independent resolutions?)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814125386 Gigabyte 6770
Sorry for the long winded message, I think my ideal card could at least handle ETQW at full settings, be reasonably quiet, could drag between all monitors, and if I want to really game, be good under Windows. Budget <$200. Anyone with experience with the AMD/Nvidia 3-monitor (different resolution) setups and can speak for their stability and performance would be greatly appreciated!
PS, I also realize I'll need an active DP adapter.