Hi, I'm new to this forum and in need of some advice/suggestions. I am currently gaming with an EVGA GTX 470 SSC FTW edition on a U2711 monitor (2560x1440 rez). So far, gaming on BFBC:2 at that rez and with everything maxed out (except AA and HBAO off) runs really smooth. However, even with the smooth gameplay, I'm noticing some things on the landscape appear as I get closer to it (i.e. grass, trees), so I'm thinking my GPU isn't up to the task to support such a high resolution. Maybe it's the 1280MB of VRam? I don't know, but it's got me to believe that I need at least a single GTX 580 to resolve this issue since it has 1.5gb Vram and more processing cores (??). So, the going back to the main subject, should I hold off for Kepler (6xx Series) and wait it out with my 470 since the problem is minute OR should I just dive in and get one of the many GTX 580's out in the market? Would it be best to go with the 580 3GB version or is 1.5gb sufficient for one monitor at the aforementioned resolution? Please see below for my current system spec.
My current system spec (a bit old now...): CPU: i7 920 @ 3ghz | Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe | RAM: Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3 Tri-Channel | HDD: 2x 640GB Wester Digital Cavier Black Edition on RAID 0 | GPU: GTX 470 SSC | S/C: Asus Xonar D2X | Monitor: Dell U2711 | Case: Cosmos 1000
For me it would depend on your cash situation. If you only upgrade every 3yrs or so i'd wait for the 6x series as a GTX470 is not exactly a slouch. However I wouldn't blame you for a purchase of a 580 now. Only you can decide.
Cash isn't really an issue for me at the moment, but I like to justify my purchases to the maximum extent. I'm no longer a hardcore gamer, but I do play FPS and RTS games from time to time--solely for entertainment and not competitively. Furthermore, I'm not the guy who shoots for higher benchmarking scores, hence my current system spec.
My GTX 470 has been doing well for the current resolution, but I'm wondering if I'm missing out on a lot by not having the GTX 580 with its higher vram. I keep hearing that higher resolutions require more vram, but are they talking about multi-monitor setups or single monitor?
What I failed to mention was my current PSU, which is the Corsair 750TX.
If you do plan to upgrade for more ram, don't stop at 1.5gb, that's not going to make a noticeable most the time. Actually, most the time it doesn't make a difference, but when at your resolution, some times the 6970 out performs the 580 due to having more ram.
If you do upgrade, go with either a 6950/70 2Gb, or look for a 580 with 3Gb or a 2.5gb 570.
I'd wait. Although none of us know how Kepler will perform or when it will come out, a 470 is a pretty good card. Unless it seems to be making games unenjoyable, don't upgrade. A 6970/580 would be a reasonable upgrade, but not a revolution.
So what exactly does more vram do? Does it support higher FPS or allows for more things to be on screen at once? Maybe I should hold off until Kepler since my gaming isn't intolerable at the moment. I did see a 570 w/ 2GB and a 580 with 3GB vram, but it seems like they would be overkill for a single monitor, even if it's at my high rez. Am I wrong?
I guess another good indicator for upgrading will be BF:3 when it is launched. If my system struggles, then I guess it'll have to be 580 or greater... Btw, I play most of my games with AA at the lowest setting. I feel that at 2560x1440, AA isn't really needed as much. That's my understanding from googling around...
Some testing has shown that at high resolutions like yours, the 2G 6970, which is normally slower than a 580, can out perform it when a game needs more vram. This is effected due to more ram needed to produce a frame. The higher the quality settings also effect how much vram is needed.
I'm slowly leaning towards the GTX 580 1.5gb version...Based on what Geofelt is saying, I think I'll be fine with just 1.5gb.
Will a plain gtx 580 do or should i get one with aftermarket cooler/pcb?
Btw, you guys rock! Thanks again and again for all your responses!
I like those with double slot direct exhaust coolers.
That gets the hot air out of the case directly instead of depending on case cooling.
A factory overclocked unit does not usually cost much more and avoids the issues with overclocking it yourself.
I have been pleased with this evga unit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...