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May 1, 2013 8:51:51 AM

So... I bought a 120hz monitor, but my graphics card isn't good enough for 120fps gaming. If I'm playing BF3 and I want to play it at an average of 120fps in 1080p on low settings, what is the minimum card I would need? geForce 670? 680? Radeon 7970? will any of these cards be sufficient? if so, which OEM would you recommend for maximum performance, noise is not an issue.

Also, I know BF4 info isn't really out, but I would like to play BF4 at similar settings when it comes out.

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a b U Graphics card
May 1, 2013 9:00:26 AM

The 120hz refers to the refresh rate for the monitor. Fps refers to frames per seconds generated by the gpu.
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May 1, 2013 9:08:56 AM

Goodeggray said:
The 120hz refers to the refresh rate for the monitor. Fps refers to frames per seconds generated by the gpu.


120hz does mean something. it basically means the monitor can not display more then 120 fps. anything over that is a waste but anything under 120 fps is fine.
OP if money isnt an issue get a 7970 and overclock it a little. you will get between 80-100 fps on ULTRA which is completely fine for that monitor.
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May 1, 2013 9:22:02 AM

cbrunnem said:
Goodeggray said:
The 120hz refers to the refresh rate for the monitor. Fps refers to frames per seconds generated by the gpu.


120hz does mean something. it basically means the monitor can not display more then 120 fps. anything over that is a waste but anything under 120 fps is fine.
OP if money isnt an issue get a 7970 and overclock it a little. you will get between 80-100 fps on ULTRA which is completely fine for that monitor.


will going from Ultra to Low result in a 40fps increase? also when it comes to overclocking, what is "little," am i at a large risk of losing my graphics card?

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May 1, 2013 9:32:57 AM

Wow. just Wow. Someone bought a 120Hz monitor and wants to play BF3 on Low settings. So why did you buy it? (mistake)
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May 1, 2013 9:41:44 AM

envy14tpe said:
Wow. just Wow. Someone bought a 120Hz monitor and wants to play BF3 on Low settings. So why did you buy it? (mistake)


I bought it cuz its smooth. I play other games at 120fps and I DO see a difference it does give me a performance boost. I play bf3 on low because i want the frames. i care about performance not good looks. that is why i am looking for a graphics card that will give me a consistent 120fps. going over 120fps is not a problem because there are software solutions (fps limiters, vsync...) which will output the signal to the monitor at 120fps.
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May 1, 2013 9:51:51 AM

BigMack70 said:
If you do get a decent GPU like the 7970, you will be CPU-bound at low settings in BF3. Hope you have a beefy OC'd CPU to keep it at 120 fps.


I have an i7 2600k @3.4GHz. would I need to overclock?
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May 1, 2013 10:23:06 AM

gevo12321 said:
envy14tpe said:
Wow. just Wow. Someone bought a 120Hz monitor and wants to play BF3 on Low settings. So why did you buy it? (mistake)


I bought it cuz its smooth. I play other games at 120fps and I DO see a difference it does give me a performance boost. I play bf3 on low because i want the frames. i care about performance not good looks. that is why i am looking for a graphics card that will give me a consistent 120fps. going over 120fps is not a problem because there are software solutions (fps limiters, vsync...) which will output the signal to the monitor at 120fps.


Sorry but you're wrong. I think you've talked yourself into this.

I guarantee you wouldn't be able to notice the difference between 80 FPS, and 120 FPS. I have a keen eye myself, and even at 70 FPS the only time I notice the benefit is when you're playing a first person shooter and spinning around rapidly, it's the super slightest bit smoother. And even then, many people claim you can't notice more than 50 FPS.

Source: I have a 120 hz screen, also science of the brain


You would only ever need to achieve 120 fps for smooth 3D gaming.
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May 1, 2013 10:27:39 AM

jk47 said:
gevo12321 said:
envy14tpe said:
Wow. just Wow. Someone bought a 120Hz monitor and wants to play BF3 on Low settings. So why did you buy it? (mistake)


I bought it cuz its smooth. I play other games at 120fps and I DO see a difference it does give me a performance boost. I play bf3 on low because i want the frames. i care about performance not good looks. that is why i am looking for a graphics card that will give me a consistent 120fps. going over 120fps is not a problem because there are software solutions (fps limiters, vsync...) which will output the signal to the monitor at 120fps.


Sorry but you're wrong. I think you've talked yourself into this.

I guarantee you wouldn't be able to notice the difference between 80 FPS, and 120 FPS. I have a keen eye myself, and even at 70 FPS the only time I notice the benefit is when you're playing a first person shooter and spinning around rapidly, it's the super slightest bit smoother. And even then, many people claim you can't notice more than 50 FPS.

Source: I have a 120 hz screen, also science of the brain


You would only ever need to achieve 120 fps for smooth 3D gaming.


I don't want to start this argument again, every person is different, u might not feel it, i do... I'm not asking if its beneficial to play at 120, I want to play at 120 and would like to know what graphics card i would need for it.
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May 1, 2013 10:42:02 AM

okay okay... :p  *placebo effect* cough.

I'll just add that if you're big into smooth FPS, hopefully your monitor response time is 2ms, not 5ms
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May 1, 2013 10:48:56 AM

jk47 said:
okay okay... :p  *placebo effect* cough.

I'll just add that if you're big into smooth FPS, hopefully your monitor response time is 2ms, not 5ms


BenQ XL2420T 5ms (2ms GTG). but just so u know, even a 5ms response time is good because 120hz=120refreshez/second. that means that u have 120 refreshes per 1000ms which means minimum response time u need is 1000/120=8.3ms
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May 1, 2013 2:46:49 PM

i have a 7970 and if i set it to ultra and lower msaa to 2 and aa to 8 i get between 120fps and 160fps it varies a lot probably due to the fact my 2600k is bottleneck a tad cause its not overclocked right now. i can overclock it and get back to you if you want
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May 1, 2013 3:16:27 PM

cbrunnem said:
i have a 7970 and if i set it to ultra and lower msaa to 2 and aa to 8 i get between 120fps and 160fps it varies a lot probably due to the fact my 2600k is bottleneck a tad cause its not overclocked right now. i can overclock it and get back to you if you want


ur running at 1080p?
thank u!!! helped a lot!!
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May 1, 2013 3:25:09 PM

gevo12321 said:
cbrunnem said:
i have a 7970 and if i set it to ultra and lower msaa to 2 and aa to 8 i get between 120fps and 160fps it varies a lot probably due to the fact my 2600k is bottleneck a tad cause its not overclocked right now. i can overclock it and get back to you if you want


ur running at 1080p?
thank u!!! helped a lot!!


yes sir. im overclocked on the gpu pretty good though so you might not get exactly what i do

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a b U Graphics card
May 1, 2013 4:01:58 PM

You don't need 120Hz to reap the benefits of the higher refresh rate. 60Hz at 60FPS and 120Hz at 60FPS are totally different.
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May 1, 2013 9:18:05 PM

cookybiscuit said:
You don't need 120Hz to reap the benefits of the higher refresh rate. 60Hz at 60FPS and 120Hz at 60FPS are totally different.


id like to here this one explained? 120hz is the refresh rate??? am i wrong?
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May 1, 2013 9:34:22 PM

Yes 120hz is the refresh rate. The monitor will refresh or display a new frame every1/120 of a second. If a new frame is generated by thr gpu it will display and if a new frame is not generated it will display the old one. The persistence of vision is about 1/25 of a second so people don't detect and flickering when watch a move or TV.
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July 10, 2013 12:08:23 PM

I think the solution you are looking for is buying a very fast videocard. At the moment it seems like a good option to buy the GTX Titan preferably even two of them should do the trick. Or maybe the GTX780 also two of them. You can try the GTX770 as well but as far as frame rates of 120FPS in BF3 with a single card even the GTX Titan is not fast enough. Sorry my friend but gaming at 120Hz means serious money.

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September 10, 2013 12:25:37 AM

Why people even give themselves the trouble to start useless discussions? the OP made a very simple question. Which GPU = 120 FPS on BF3 low settings.

Answer: I'm also heading this way gevo12321. I currently have a GTX 560 Ti overclocked to 975Mhz. It's output is 100~110 on low settings (except for mesh quality, which I´ve on High).
Did you got I new GPU already? which one?

I hope this helps.
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