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Whats overkill for a 1080p/1900x1200 single monitor setup?

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February 12, 2012 6:55:14 PM

I was looking at 7950's, SLI 560ti 448s or whatever works really. but the real question is- whats overkill for this resolution (1080p and/or 1900x1200)? like how high should I go before its stupid to get something better?


thanks in advance :wahoo: 
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February 12, 2012 7:11:59 PM

justinope said:
I was looking at 7950's, SLI 560ti 448s or whatever works really. but the real question is- whats overkill for this resolution (1080p and/or 1900x1200)? like how high should I go before its stupid to get something better?


thanks in advance :wahoo: 


Something like two GTX 590s in SLI or two of any major Dual-GPU cards from either AMD or Nvidia would be a little too much, but then again, nothing is, as games tend to increase in graphics quality, making any superfast GPU into a slower one within a year or two
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February 12, 2012 7:17:52 PM

DComander1x said:
Something like two GTX 590s in SLI or two of any major Dual-GPU cards from either AMD or Nvidia would be a little too much, but then again, nothing is, as games tend to increase in graphics quality, making any superfast GPU into a slower one within a year or two


even a 590 for 1080p is overkill
February 12, 2012 7:20:30 PM

Well, this chiefly relies on what sort of games you want to play. If you're going for Battlefield 3 or something similarly high-end, it's still possible to push a single GPU to its limits at 1920x1200... Even a GTX 580 isn't going to solidly hang at 60 fps or so there with everything maxed and enabled. (though a 7970 should) I don't forsee many games yet becoming particularly more demanding than that into the next couple of years, so I'd recommend something along those lines: a top-end single-GPU card.

The 7970 will likely only rarely dip below 60fps in games at that resolution for next few years, while the slightly-more-affordable 580 and 7950 won't be so consistent. Or you could wait for the GeForce 600 series to be out, which will likely boast even more power than the 7970.

cbrunnem said:
even a 590 for 1080p is overkill

Agreed; that's beyond necessary. Taking a look at Battlefield 3 benchmarks shows that it's way above what you'd need unless you're pushing 2560x1600.

Yes, using a pair of them would certainly be "overkill," but I don't think the OP wished to know what would be overkill in ANY situation... Just what would be the least they could get and "always have enough."
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