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May 21, 2012 4:02:35 AM

I am going to upgrade my graphics card for something that can run a 26 inch monitor. My first choice is the Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 1 gb. I could use some advice on whether the GTX 560 is a good choice or if there is something in the under 250$ price range that is more effecient (I'm only looking for Nvidia not AMD). Please advise and if possible link the better option if that is the case.

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May 21, 2012 4:29:02 AM

Powerful enough for what exactly? Also the screen size isn't important, it is the monitor's resolution that is important. A 2560x1440 display is going to need a lot more GPU horsepower than a 1920x1080 display for example.

In your current price range the best nvidia card available is the GTX 560Ti, which is about 10% faster than the plain 560. It handles gaming at 1080p quite well, but won't be able to max out some of the really demanding games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033, or Witcher 2 at that resolution.

For $250 you can get the Radeon HD 7850 which is faster than the 560Ti, performing similarly to a GTX 570, so you may want to consider that unless you absolutely need to have an nvidia exclusive feature like CUDA support, or PhysX means a lot to you.
May 21, 2012 7:18:13 PM

Supernova1138 said:
Powerful enough for what exactly? Also the screen size isn't important, it is the monitor's resolution that is important. A 2560x1440 display is going to need a lot more GPU horsepower than a 1920x1080 display for example.

In your current price range the best nvidia card available is the GTX 560Ti, which is about 10% faster than the plain 560. It handles gaming at 1080p quite well, but won't be able to max out some of the really demanding games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033, or Witcher 2 at that resolution.

For $250 you can get the Radeon HD 7850 which is faster than the 560Ti, performing similarly to a GTX 570, so you may want to consider that unless you absolutely need to have an nvidia exclusive feature like CUDA support, or PhysX means a lot to you.


**ehem** i have a gtx 560 superclocked 2gb version.....the hell i can't play crysis 2 on ultra settings with the directx tessellation packages....yes, this card is very powerful, i am currently debating with myself to either get another one or upgrade to gtx 670 with and put my current one in my server, but that's a different story.

to answer your question YES the gtx 560 is powerful enough, but i would highly suggest getting a 2gb version, this helps A LOT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The gtx 560 also overclocks like a dream, easily reaching 1ghz
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May 21, 2012 7:26:57 PM

the geforce gtx 560 is a solid choice for single monitor 1080p gaming. If you absolutely want nvidia - right now 560 is the way to go for your sub $250 dollar budget - otherwise hold out for the kepler midrange if you want more performance. Other than that the best bet right now for a $250 dollar graphics card lies between these four:

Geforce GTX 560
Geforce GTX 660 (tentative name)

OR

Radeon HD 7850
(pricing similiar to 560Ti and more powerful)
Radeon HD 6870 (cheapter than all solutions above at delivers just as much performance as the non-Ti 560)

You decide whether brand loyalty, performance/price is most important to you - I would advise the HD 7850 if you'll willing to consider better performance for the same price point with AMD or stay with nvidia and satisfy yourself now at get a GTX 560 or wait for the GTX 660.

my suggestions:
now: HD 7850 or GTX 560 or HD 6870
later: GTX 660
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May 21, 2012 7:29:44 PM

l1nks said:
**ehem** i have a gtx 560 superclocked 2gb version.....the hell i can't play crysis 2 on ultra settings with the directx tessellation packages....yes, this card is very powerful, i am currently debating with myself to either get another one or upgrade to gtx 670 with and put my current one in my server, but that's a different story.

to answer your question YES the gtx 560 is powerful enough, but i would highly suggest getting a 2gb version, this helps A LOT

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The gtx 560 also overclocks like a dream, easily reaching 1ghz


What resolution are you playing at, because at 1080p you aren't maxing out Crysis 2 with a plain 560 unless you are happy with 20 FPS, maybe if you very heavily overclock it you might just barely maintain 30 FPS at 1080p resolution.

Another thing to keep in mind is overclocking potential is never a sure thing. Some cards might be able to get really high overclocks and perform as well as the next card up the hierarchy, while other identical cards won't OC too far at all. As such when making recommendations I refer only to stock performance. If you can get a very high stable OC on your card, great, but there is no guarantee that someone else will get the same results.
May 21, 2012 7:30:37 PM

basch99 said:
the geforce gtx 560 is a solid choice for single monitor 1080p gaming. If you absolutely want nvidia - right now 560 is the way to go for your sub $250 dollar budget - otherwise hold out for the kepler midrange if you want more performance. Other than that the best bet right now for a $250 dollar graphics card lies between these four:

Geforce GTX 560
Geforce GTX 660 (tentative name)

OR

Radeon HD 7850
(pricing similiar to 560Ti and more powerful)
Radeon HD 6870 (cheapter than all solutions above at delivers just as much performance as the non-Ti 560)

You decide whether brand loyalty, performance/price is most important to you - I would advise the HD 7850 if you'll willing to consider better performance for the same price point with AMD or stay with nvidia and satisfy yourself now at get a GTX 560 or wait for the GTX 660.

my suggestions:
now: HD 7850 or GTX 560 or HD 6870
later: GTX 660


the Only problem is the gtx 660 is rumored to be at or over the $300 mark
May 21, 2012 7:32:45 PM

Supernova1138 said:
What resolution are you playing at, because at 1080p you aren't maxing out Crysis 2 with a plain 560 unless you are happy with 20 FPS, maybe if you very heavily overclock it you might just barely maintain 30 FPS at 1080p resolution.

Another thing to keep in mind is overclocking potential is never a sure thing. Some cards might be able to get really high overclocks and perform as well as the next card up the hierarchy, while other identical cards won't OC too far at all. As such when making recommendations I refer only to stock performance. If you can get a very high stable OC on your card, great, but there is no guarantee that someone else will get the same results.


Yes maxing it out at 1080p reaching a nice wwwaayyyy over 30-35 unoverclocked and much more when i do, and that is a very, very playable 30-35 fps, no lagging or stuttering...no overclocking other then the pre-factory overclock, what helps a lot is the 2gb feature, i watch the gpu specs while i play and it uses up to 1600mb often while playing, then again i'm running 2 monitors with it...if you really want, i can post pictures back here for you tomorrow
May 21, 2012 7:38:50 PM

Supernova1138 said:
What resolution are you playing at, because at 1080p you aren't maxing out Crysis 2 with a plain 560 unless you are happy with 20 FPS, maybe if you very heavily overclock it you might just barely maintain 30 FPS at 1080p resolution.

Another thing to keep in mind is overclocking potential is never a sure thing. Some cards might be able to get really high overclocks and perform as well as the next card up the hierarchy, while other identical cards won't OC too far at all. As such when making recommendations I refer only to stock performance. If you can get a very high stable OC on your card, great, but there is no guarantee that someone else will get the same results.


I'm playing Crysis 2 on maximum settings at 1080p on a modestly overclocked GTX 550 Ti (EVGA's FPB settings), and can record at 60 FPS with Fraps no problem... Not sure what kind of world you people are coming from.
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May 21, 2012 7:48:43 PM

lol yeah 560 do not only deliver 20 fps! - oh yeah are you using DX9 build or DX11 build of Crysis 2? Because that matters, ALOT - that's what bench-marking websites all use. Oh yeah, edit my post earlier, stick with Radeon HD 7850 for now - it's the best bang for your buck.

I would dispute the notion that 660 would go over 300 dollars

the 660Ti or whatever that may be called (akin to the 560Ti) will be priced between 300-400 - because 670 already occupies the 400 dollar niche - makes it reasonable for someone who wants high end, but are unwilling to shell out 400 for the 670 - will get decent performance 660Ti - the 660 will be priced around 270 to provide competition to the HD 7850 - just my theory though...
May 21, 2012 7:51:04 PM

basch99 said:
lol yeah 560 do not only deliver 20 fps! - oh yeah are you using DX9 build or DX11 build of Crysis 2? Because that matters, ALOT - that's what bench-marking websites all use. Oh yeah, edit my post earlier, stick with Radeon HD 7850 for now - it's the best bang for your buck.

I would dispute the notion that 660 would go over 300 dollars

the 660Ti or whatever that may be called (akin to the 560Ti) will be priced between 300-400 - because 670 already occupies the 400 dollar niche - makes it reasonable for someone who wants high end, but are unwilling to shell out 400 for the 670 - will get decent performance 660Ti - the 660 will be priced around 270 to provide competition to the HD 7850 - just my theory though...


I said earlier using the dx11 pack
May 21, 2012 8:38:30 PM

Sorry I did forget to mention it runs at 1920x1080.
May 21, 2012 8:56:55 PM

JustJAB said:
Sorry I did forget to mention it runs at 1920x1080.

then yes, i would highly suggest the graphics card i mentioned
May 21, 2012 11:24:23 PM

l1nks said:
then yes, i would highly suggest the graphics card i mentioned

So the Radeon 7850 or a GTX 560 (possibly a 2gb)?
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