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Is a HD 5970 overkill at 1920 x 1200 ?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
May 1, 2010 11:23:05 PM

Hello there. I have a 24" monitor than runs natively at 1920 x 1200. I just purchased a DELL PC with a i7 - 920, 6g RAM and a HD 5870. I want my PC to be able to at least play all games at that resolution, all maxed out for a least a year from now. I have read reviews in places like PCGAMER or MAXIMUM PC telling how powerful the HD5870 was and stating also that a HD5970 might be necessary if you have a 30" monitor at 2560x1600 but otherwise you would be better off with a HD 5870 at 1920 x 1200 resolutions. Is that true? I would hate to see that my recent PC configuration is already DEAD and that I should have picked a HD 5970 instead. I know 30fps is the acceptable frame rate for a game to be playable and I thought that the standard was still Crysis so seeing that at that resolution the HD 5870 could handle that game all maxed out above the 30fps I was somehow relieved but now I see that Metro 2033 is the NEW standard and more hardware hungry than Crysis and I really don't know if the HD 5870 could handle that game at my resolution. Are there a lot of games coming this year to be as demanding as Metro 2033? Is my system already obsolete? Oh my!!? :(  Please, I would like to hear your opinions! Thanks a lot!!
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May 1, 2010 11:46:47 PM

When you talk about future, there is no such thing as guaranteed.. The HD 5970 is the best performing card but i doubt that it might be replaced by some other card before ending this year only.. You've made a very good purchase and the taxing quality of few titles should not make you squeal.. A little lower resolution and'or eye candy is not going to change the game..
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May 1, 2010 11:49:04 PM

Do you consider 8xAA max? If so, you will want an HD5970. If you can live without AA, an HD5870 will be fine.
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May 2, 2010 3:38:17 AM

Things like AA, tesselation, and ambient occlusions are very taxing on performance with minimal if any gain for visuals. If you can live without too much of these settings a 5870 would be plenty.

Now a 5970 might not be the best choice even if you wanted extra power because crossfire doesn't scale well with low resolution monitors. You won't be getting your money's worth. I personally think it is only necessary for high resolutins like 2560x1600 or some form of eyefinity.