So I've been looking at the benchmarks between the 68xx, 69xx, and the gtx570. While clearly the 570 and 69xx cards are the best by quite a few percentage points I am also wondering if these cards are overkill for my resolution. So I thought I would ask you guys, what do you think is the best video card for 1920x1080?
I don't think a GTX 570 is overkill for 1080p honestly. As newer titles come out they'll be more demanding. Although the GTX 570 is more than today's games require for max settings, it'll still probably max things out 6 months from now as well. So it's a good buy for long term performance. But for $350 you have to consider the performance you can get from much less expensive cards and decide whether it's worth the difference to you.
When we looked at the 6900 series on launch day we saw that generally the GTX 570 was faster than the 6970 with the 6850 a little further behind. When we overclock the cards and run them through a selection of games the Gigabyte GTX 570 still managed to come out on top for most of the tests however the 6970 did close the gap a little under these enhanced configurations.
By adding an overclocked 5870 to the test results we also got to see how the new models compared to the last generation. While the 6950 doesnt improve performance by much in most of the tests we can see that as game engines adopt advanced features such as tessellation it will become the fastest card over time.
In terms of overall experience from the cards the reference model findings still apply. The Radeons use less power, the GTX 570 runs quieter. NVIDIA offer better stereoscopic 3D gaming and PhysX with AMD matching them on Blu-Ray 3D playback. The GPU computing experience is also very similar between the two sets of cards and of course the Radeons allow us to game on three displays with a single card which isnt possible on NVIDIA.