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Is the AMD MSI Radeon HD 7870 2gb enough for today's standards (QUICK ANSWER NEEDED!)

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July 4, 2013 7:59:03 PM

The title pretty much says it all, I need a quick answer though!

http://www.microcenter.com/product/409682/R7870-2GD5T-O...

there is a link to the actual card I will be buying tomorrow unless you say it's junk. 200 is really my budget cap which is what I have found this for.

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July 5, 2013 7:39:27 PM

kenny9899 said:
The title pretty much says it all, I need a quick answer though!

http://www.microcenter.com/product/409682/R7870-2GD5T-O...

there is a link to the actual card I will be buying tomorrow unless you say it's junk. 200 is really my budget cap which is what I have found this for.


if you're playing on 720p, yes. it is also an overkill for that resoluation. even an hd7770 can max out almost all games on that. if you're playing on 1080p, still yes. it can max out games with good FPS. an hd7870 will serve you well assuming your CPU doesn't bottleneck.
take a look at this
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...
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July 5, 2013 8:42:36 PM

Yes it will be plenty for most games.
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July 5, 2013 8:45:09 PM

yes at 1080p resolution. If you plan to add dual cards or want physx then get the gtx660.
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July 5, 2013 9:42:33 PM

Carl Angelo De Leon said:
kenny9899 said:
The title pretty much says it all, I need a quick answer though!

http://www.microcenter.com/product/409682/R7870-2GD5T-O...

there is a link to the actual card I will be buying tomorrow unless you say it's junk. 200 is really my budget cap which is what I have found this for.


if you're playing on 720p, yes. it is also an overkill for that resoluation. even an hd7770 can max out almost all games on that. if you're playing on 1080p, still yes. it can max out games with good FPS. an hd7870 will serve you well assuming your CPU doesn't bottleneck.
take a look at this
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-g...


Alright, My specs are now -

AMD FX 6300

8 GB DDR3 RAM

This card

and a 1 tb hdd but that doesn't speak performance too much.
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July 5, 2013 9:43:16 PM

17seconds said:
This Asus GTX 660 OC costs less with identical performance for $190 after rebate. It also gives you the option to enable PhysX effects.
http://www.microcenter.com/product/406543/GTX660-DC2O-2...

Of course, with the MSI 7870 you get the free games, so that's a pretty good deal.


Yeah, the games are what caught my eye. Easily 100 dollars worth if you don't pirate them!
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July 5, 2013 9:44:27 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
yes at 1080p resolution. If you plan to add dual cards or want physx then get the gtx660.


Not to get too off topic but is this on par with the 660ti or the 670?
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July 5, 2013 9:45:49 PM

17seconds said:
HIS 7870 IceQ Turbo for $199 after rebate:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/411454/H787QT2G2M_AM...

The 7870 is generally enough for current games, but it is a mid-range card. You may need to lower settings here and there, like for example on Crysis 3.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...


Thanks for that answer. It will sure be better than my damn 5750! I hope to have it 5 years or so as with the 5750. By then I guess AMD will be releasing a new lineup, maybe not even under the Radeon name as I doubt they will do a Radeon 10000 series.
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July 5, 2013 9:46:41 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
yes at 1080p resolution. If you plan to add dual cards or want physx then get the gtx660.


I can download a PhysX driver, right? I don't need all the fancy effects but the driver adds some, right?
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July 5, 2013 9:58:22 PM

^^ Correct. Although it does reduce performance.

But if you are interested in the games, don't hesitate to buy the 7870. Really helps the price/performance ratio.
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July 5, 2013 11:08:00 PM

kenny9899 said:
iam2thecrowe said:
yes at 1080p resolution. If you plan to add dual cards or want physx then get the gtx660.


I can download a PhysX driver, right? I don't need all the fancy effects but the driver adds some, right?


NOT correct. You need an Nvidia card to do GPU accelerated PhysX. Just downloading the driver won't do anything.
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a b À AMD
July 6, 2013 12:20:30 AM

It will let you use CPU PhysX
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July 6, 2013 5:36:45 AM

smeezekitty said:
It will let you use CPU PhysX


lol, how could you use physx without an nvidia card. do a little research man. physx is an nvidia technology

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July 6, 2013 7:54:32 AM

smeezekitty said:
^^ Correct. Although it does reduce performance.

But if you are interested in the games, don't hesitate to buy the 7870. Really helps the price/performance ratio.


Thanks, bought it and will be putting it in soon. I had the Phys X driver on my old 5750 but it couldn't run a thing worth a darn.
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July 6, 2013 7:55:27 AM

Carl Angelo De Leon said:
smeezekitty said:
It will let you use CPU PhysX


lol, how could you use physx without an nvidia card. do a little research man. physx is an nvidia technology



I ran it on my old 5750 and had most of the effects but it slowed stuff down a lot. Wondering if the same goes for this.
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a b À AMD
July 6, 2013 8:47:53 AM

It does. It is running on CPU only so the faster your CPU the better.
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a b À AMD
July 6, 2013 8:47:54 AM

It does. It is running on CPU only so the faster your CPU the better.
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a c 151 À AMD
July 6, 2013 8:55:22 AM

Downloading the Nvidia PhysX driver for your AMD video card will do absolutely nothing. If you want to try to run CPU PhysX on Borderlands 2, for example, you can try it on the game using the game's embedded PhysX code or through drivers that install with the game.

Installing the standalone PhysX drivers only work with an Nvidia video card.
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July 6, 2013 7:15:08 PM

17seconds said:
Downloading the Nvidia PhysX driver for your AMD video card will do absolutely nothing. If you want to try to run CPU PhysX on Borderlands 2, for example, you can try it on the game using the game's embedded PhysX code or through drivers that install with the game.

Installing the standalone PhysX drivers only work with an Nvidia video card.


Odd because I played it on my old card and had a few of the PhysX effects.
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July 6, 2013 7:27:37 PM

kenny9899 said:
17seconds said:
Downloading the Nvidia PhysX driver for your AMD video card will do absolutely nothing. If you want to try to run CPU PhysX on Borderlands 2, for example, you can try it on the game using the game's embedded PhysX code or through drivers that install with the game.

Installing the standalone PhysX drivers only work with an Nvidia video card.


Odd because I played it on my old card and had a few of the PhysX effects.

The NVidia Physx driver is necessary if the game doesn't natively support CPU physx. Of course no GPU acceleration on AMD cards.
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July 9, 2013 8:08:05 PM

17seconds said:
Downloading the Nvidia PhysX driver for your AMD video card will do absolutely nothing. If you want to try to run CPU PhysX on Borderlands 2, for example, you can try it on the game using the game's embedded PhysX code or through drivers that install with the game.

Installing the standalone PhysX drivers only work with an Nvidia video card.


What I mean is installing the CPU PhysX driver. Worked on my older card. Don't see why it wont work now.
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October 22, 2013 11:52:45 AM

17seconds said:
HIS 7870 IceQ Turbo for $199 after rebate:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/411454/H787QT2G2M_AM...

The 7870 is generally enough for current games, but it is a mid-range card. You may need to lower settings here and there, like for example on Crysis 3.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GeForce_GTX_760_...

what if i turned AA OFF and played at High Settings instead of ultra, how many FPS would i get more than 22?, and what is the minimum FPS that can be playable?
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October 23, 2013 2:01:21 AM

I always buy the highest performing last gen card on Black Friday for compatibility/stability reasons.
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