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    Default Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    I'm having some problems with my multi-monitor crossfire set up. The specs under my avatar are up to date for the hardware I'm running.

    Let's see if we can resolve the first issue before I move on to my other problems.

    Right now, my 27" monitor is my main monitor and the 23"'s are extended desktops. Since connecting the 23's, the memory clock on my primary GPU is running maxed out at 1425MHz even when the system is idling. As a result, the idle temp of my primary GPU has jumped from 31 C to 55 C. Any thoughts why the memory clock is running maxed out all the time and how I can fix the issue.
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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    That is one of the issues with running multi monitor hooked up to one card.
    The GPU will use its resources to power the additional monitors and will make all the clocks jump up to maintain them, this in turn will turn up the heat of the card. I had this same issue when I ran eyefinity on my 6950s.

    There isn't really any other way around it unless you run your monitors off a secondary card.
    This is why in my 800D, I am running my 24" off my GTX670, then my 2 additional side monitors off my GTX650.

    You can do this with AMD as well. You can throw in another AMD card into your 3rd PCIe slot and run it as a stand alone card to run your additional monitors. I had done this before when I had my 6950s in Crossfire and a 6670 running my additional. This left my main monitor to only use the crossfire set-up and dedicated those card ONLY to that one monitor.

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    That is one of the issues with running multi monitor hooked up to one card.
    The GPU will use its resources to power the additional monitors and will make all the clocks jump up to maintain them, this in turn will turn up the heat of the card. I had this same issue when I ran eyefinity on my 6950s.

    There isn't really any other way around it unless you run your monitors off a secondary card.
    This is why in my 800D, I am running my 24" off my GTX670, then my 2 additional side monitors off my GTX650.

    You can do this with AMD as well. You can throw in another AMD card into your 3rd PCIe slot and run it as a stand alone card to run your additional monitors. I had done this before when I had my 6950s in Crossfire and a 6670 running my additional. This left my main monitor to only use the crossfire set-up and dedicated those card ONLY to that one monitor.
    I installed a 6670 that I have in my 3rd PCI-E slot and hooked the side monitors to it. Problem was that all my benchmarks, hw monitor software, and games were running off the 6670 and not seeing the two 7970's even though the 27" monitor was connected to them. Any thoughts how I might resolve this because I'd love to power the 23" monitors off the 6670.
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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    I installed a 6670 that I have in my 3rd PCI-E slot and hooked the side monitors to it. Problem was that all my benchmarks, hw monitor software, and games were running off the 6670 and not seeing the two 7970's even though the 27" monitor was connected to them. Any thoughts how I might resolve this because I'd love to power the 23" monitors off the 6670.
    That odd, it shouldn't do that. Make sure in your bios you have your PCIe slots designated correctly, or it can also be in CCC. I can't remember how and what I did. Since I don't have mine set-up with AMD cards that way anymore.
    Let me look back at some of my old SS and settings and see if I can find something for you.

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    That odd, it shouldn't do that. Make sure in your bios you have your PCIe slots designated correctly, or it can also be in CCC. I can't remember how and what I did. Since I don't have mine set-up with AMD cards that way anymore.
    Let me look back at some of my old SS and settings and see if I can find something for you.
    What do I have to look for in bios and/or CCC?
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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    I can't remember exactly, but its most likely in CCC. But the Motherboard should see that the Crossfire cards are the primary. Unless the drivers didn't stick properly. Try to update the 7970 drivers and see what happens.

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Will do. I've never messed with PCI settings in bios so I'm not sure where to even look. Crossfire is working according to GPU-z, Afterburner and CCC.
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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    thats kind of strange that it can see you Primary cards in crossfire but benchmarks run the 6670. never had that happen before. which ever monitor your running the benchmark on should be the card that it uses.. unless you had the screen open on your 23" Monitor, then it would run off the 6670. Which screen did you have the benchmark open on?

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    27 inch. I hooked the 6670 up again today and it really threw everything for a loop. Disabled my crossfire and all my Afterburner readings went to 0. I'm wondering if it's because I'm using two 7000 series cards with a 6000 series card.
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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    hmmm... I can't say for sure since when I had that kind of combo installed it was with my 6950s and a 6670..
    It could possibly that, do you know anyone that has a lower end 7750 or 7570 card to give it a try?

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Nope. I will mess around with it later. Off to work. Have a great day Kenny, and thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    I'm guessing that would be the issue because they require different drivers?

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    Default Re: Multi-monitor/crossfire issues

    Yea, Driver issues is the only think I can think of now... It odd, though, one of my buddies is running the 6970 but with a lower end 5450 card a dedicated card for his second monitor without any issues.

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    I've been planning on doing a fresh install soon so I'll try again once that is accomplished.
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    I'm having another issue related to my crossfire set up I think. After playing the new Bioshock for about 60-90 minutes the game freezes and I have to hard restart my system. Temps on my cards never go over 65 C. I'm thinking it's a driver issue. I'm running 13.3 Beta. Thoughts?
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    what is your cpu temp in game

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