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BF3 at 2560x1600 and video cards

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November 4, 2011 4:30:33 AM

I'm not expecting to use Ultra Settings, and I'm looking at the MSI Twin Frozr GTX cards.
The question is, at a resolution of 2560x1600, I would think the VRAM might be more important that jumping a card level.

So, what do you think?

GTX560 TI w 2G vram, MSI makes a nice card with 2G
GTX570 with 1.25G vram, or
GTX580 with 1.5G vram?

Cost is obviously a question as well, but a different concern.


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a c 171 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 4:36:33 AM

lots of vram is good, but the gtx580 will outperform the 2gb 560ti. Look at the 6970 2gb also.
a b U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 3:02:06 PM

For high resolutions, VRAM is important. So at those resolutions, the radeon HD 6970 is a good card that you may want to consider like iam2thecrowe said.
There are also 3GB versions of GTX 580s out there.
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a b U Graphics card
November 7, 2011 9:41:26 AM

You could also attempt the HD6950 2GB and flash the BIOS to that of the HD6970's. Voids warranty 99.9% of the time, but it works and if you have a cooler like the Twin Frozr heat shouldn't be a problem as long as you don't push the OC. Very close to HD6970 performance for the price of an HD6950.
November 7, 2011 7:28:20 PM

I have a GTX 580 and play at 2560 x 1600. I can play with all settings on Ultra with the following two exceptions -

I've turned all AA off. There is a big hit for having this turned on.
For ambient occlusion, I've scaled it back to SSAO. Not a big visual sacrifice, but get a big performance benefit for doing this.

I get 40-50 fps with the above config.
November 9, 2011 1:23:53 PM

Thanx guys, I ended up nab'ing a MSI 6970 Lightning card. We'll see how it goes.

Just couldn't stomach the price/performance of the nvidia cards. Hopefully driver issues don't bite me in the A. :) 
November 18, 2011 4:43:48 AM

Best answer selected by sm0ker.
November 18, 2011 5:33:56 AM

good luck with your card. i had that one, nothing but problems. hope you dont have any