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May 7, 2014 4:10:00 PM

Hey folks,

I'm in the market for a new graphics card to replace my HD7950. Since I don't play on a terribly high resolution (1920x1080), I figured that either of those two cards ought to suit me just fine. The 7950 has been an amazing performer in most single-player games, but not so much in MMORPGs for some odd reason, which I play quite often. So after four years of gaming on the red side, I thought I'd give the green team a go. They seem to be much more committed to driver optimisations, and ShadowPlay seems rather tempting.

However, seeing as more and more developers are getting on board with Mantle, and considering AMD's edge over Nvidia in OpenCL performance, I wonder if I should stick with them. What do you think? Thanks for you help!

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May 7, 2014 4:14:08 PM

Slepnir said:
Hey folks,

I'm in the market for a new graphics card to replace my HD7950. Since I don't play on a terribly high resolution (1920x1080), I figured that either of those two cards ought to suit me just fine. The 7950 has been an amazing performer in most single-player games, but not so much in MMORPGs for some odd reason, which I play quite often. So after four years of gaming on the red side, I thought I'd give the green team a go. They seem to be much more committed to driver optimisations, and ShadowPlay seems rather tempting.

However, seeing as more and more developers are getting on board with Mantle, and considering AMD's edge over Nvidia in OpenCL performance, I wonder if I should stick with them. What do you think? Thanks for you help!


If you already have a 2GB 7950, you should wait. You are only gaming on a single monitor, your video card is already top notch. Anything you get will be a sidegrade.
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May 7, 2014 4:18:54 PM

Hello,
MMO's tend to be processor intensive, and less graphically intensive than other games, so i doubt getting a new graphics card will help too much.
What cpu do you have?
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May 7, 2014 4:22:55 PM

huskersforever said:
Slepnir said:
Hey folks,

I'm in the market for a new graphics card to replace my HD7950. Since I don't play on a terribly high resolution (1920x1080), I figured that either of those two cards ought to suit me just fine. The 7950 has been an amazing performer in most single-player games, but not so much in MMORPGs for some odd reason, which I play quite often. So after four years of gaming on the red side, I thought I'd give the green team a go. They seem to be much more committed to driver optimisations, and ShadowPlay seems rather tempting.

However, seeing as more and more developers are getting on board with Mantle, and considering AMD's edge over Nvidia in OpenCL performance, I wonder if I should stick with them. What do you think? Thanks for you help!


If you already have a 2GB 7950, you should wait. You are only gaming on a single monitor, your video card is already top notch. Anything you get will be a sidegrade.


I wouldn't give it up for the vast majority of titles, actually, and it's a 3GB card - as opposed to the 2GBs on the GTX770. That said, this card peaks to about 99% GPU usage in populated areas in games like Aion, and the frame rate drops to an uncomfortable 35 FPS (with several fluctuations) and to abysmal levels in large scale PvP combat. Since people seemed to fare better on Nvidia platforms - something with lower specifications, I assumed it was simply a driver issue on AMD's part, hence my move to Nvidia.

Perhaps I can stick it out until more demanding titles are released, and by that I mean more demanding than Crysis 3.
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May 7, 2014 4:23:43 PM

sunder25 said:
Hello,
MMO's tend to be processor intensive, and less graphically intensive than other games, so i doubt getting a new graphics card will help too much.
What cpu do you have?


An i7 4770k, which should theoretically tear through any MMO on the market at moment.

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May 7, 2014 4:26:44 PM

Yes, that's definatlely not it. But still, MMO's should work fine, maye it's some obscure shadow setting that's dragging fps down.
In any case, for 1080p the gtx 770 is better than the 280x, that extra gig of vram won't help you much-currently.
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May 7, 2014 4:30:06 PM

sunder25 said:
Yes, that's definatlely not it. But still, MMO's should work fine, maye it's some obscure shadow setting that's dragging fps down.
In any case, for 1080p the gtx 770 is better than the 280x, that extra gig of vram won't help you much-currently.


Thanks for all the replies so far.

Yeah, Aion's shadows are poorly optimised, so I keep them on the middle rung which shouldn't be taxing at all on a system like this, but populated areas still overtax the GPU for some reason.

Here's a screenshot to back it up. From the OSD in the top left corner, you can see that at 92% GPU usage, it only manages a less-than-ideal 37FPS.

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