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What GPU for d3 ultra @ 2560x1440?

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May 23, 2012 9:36:26 AM

hi guys, i currently have a radeon 4870 (old, i know) and i just ordered a cat leap 2560x1440 monitor. I know i definitely need a new video card, so i was wondering what i need to get to be able to run diablo 3 at 2560x1440 and on ultra?

I was considering the gtx 560ti 1GB but read that the vram would not be enough at that resolution. will i need to get the 2gb model or get an even better gpu? thanks for the help. my CPU is a AMD ATHLON X4 630. I plan on upgrading to i5-3570k soon. thanks for the help

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May 23, 2012 9:57:24 AM

CursiveQ said:
hi guys, i currently have a radeon 4870 (old, i know) and i just ordered a cat leap 2560x1440 monitor. I know i definitely need a new video card, so i was wondering what i need to get to be able to run diablo 3 at 2560x1440 and on ultra?

I was considering the gtx 560ti 1GB but read that the vram would not be enough at that resolution. will i need to get the 2gb model or get an even better gpu? thanks for the help. my CPU is a AMD ATHLON X4 630. I plan on upgrading to i5-3570k soon. thanks for the help

getting card for that resolution is totally waste, first your cpu is way too old and outdated the card will not help alone until you've a decent and powerful cpu like 2500k or 3570k. so be patient for your next upgrade.
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May 23, 2012 10:15:24 AM

thanks for the quick reply. so if i plan on picking up the i5-3570k along with a GPU which would you recommend? i'm hoping to spend around $200-250 or less if possible.
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May 23, 2012 10:16:32 AM

xtreme5, what are you talking about? Stop telling people to upgrade their PC when they clearly don't need to. If his CPU works currently, it will work on higher resolution. Increasing the resolution doesn't make the CPU work harder. i5 2500k/3570k is overkill for diablo 3 as well, even though it's nice to have if you can afford it.

@OP:
GTX 560 Ti will easily max out Diablo 3 at 2560x1440. Have a look here (GTX 560 Ti 1 GB is around 15% slower than HD 7850):
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/diablo-iii-performance-be...

You will not run into VRAM issue at diablo 3, but you might at other games. I can't really comment on that though, because I don't know which games you play. Going for 2 GB version of it would definitely be wiser though.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 10:16:36 AM

for d3 that card is enough but with no aa to get good frame rates in games.:) 

yeah for higher resolution you will need more vram if u can then get the gtx 670 when u will upgrade to an i5 3570k wait and collect money and then get the whole new system together.:) 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 10:19:08 AM

hey sorry i have posted it later maybe bug.:) 

well for $250 the hd 7850 will be the best choice in the market and overclock it and get more performance in low cost the hd 7850 is an very good overclocking card.:) 
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a c 291 U Graphics card
May 23, 2012 10:21:50 AM

Guys, why would you recommend more expensive cards than his budget is beyond me :|. Tom's hardware benchmarked the game he wants to play. It's not very demanding. There's no need to spend more than needs to be spent.
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May 23, 2012 10:48:36 AM

Sunius said:
xtreme5, what are you talking about? Stop telling people to upgrade their PC when they clearly don't need to. If his CPU works currently, it will work on higher resolution. Increasing the resolution doesn't make the CPU work harder. i5 2500k/3570k is overkill for diablo 3 as well, even though it's nice to have if you can afford it.

@OP:
GTX 560 Ti will easily max out Diablo 3 at 2560x1440. Have a look here (GTX 560 Ti 1 GB is around 15% slower than HD 7850):
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/diablo-iii-performance-be...

You will not run into VRAM issue at diablo 3, but you might at other games. I can't really comment on that though, because I don't know which games you play. Going for 2 GB version of it would definitely be wiser though.

huh? firstly i didn't see any gtx560ti in that BENCH, definitely it is 550ti. secondly how are you saying gtx560ti maxed out easily on that resolution, yeah it could be but not on ultra AMD athlon x4 630 is not sufficient for current games to run on ultra even phenom II are failures.

as you can see the OP clearly mention that he'll be upgrade to i5 3570k soon. that's why i told him be pateint for your next upgrade it will be much better.
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May 23, 2012 10:59:08 AM

CursiveQ said:
hi guys, i currently have a radeon 4870 (old, i know) and i just ordered a cat leap 2560x1440 monitor. I know i definitely need a new video card, so i was wondering what i need to get to be able to run diablo 3 at 2560x1440 and on ultra?

I was considering the gtx 560ti 1GB but read that the vram would not be enough at that resolution. will i need to get the 2gb model or get an even better gpu? thanks for the help. my CPU is a AMD ATHLON X4 630. I plan on upgrading to i5-3570k soon. thanks for the help


I have 1gig 560ti and have no problems playing at that resolution at max settings.
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May 23, 2012 11:07:07 AM

xtreme5 said:
huh? firstly i didn't see any gtx560ti in that BENCH, definitely it is 550ti. secondly how are you saying gtx560ti maxed out easily on that resolution, yeah it could be but not on ultra AMD athlon x4 630 is not sufficient for current games to run on ultra even phenom II are failures.

as you can see the OP clearly mention that he'll be upgrade to i5 3570k soon. that's why i told him be pateint for your next upgrade it will be much better.


Yes it's not in that benchmark, however, GTX 560 Ti is way more powerful that HD 6850 and just a bit less powerful than HD 7850. It's obvious that GTX 560 Ti will have around at least 60 fps average. And if you checked CPU benchmarks, even Phenom @ 2.0 GHz doesn't cripple the performance much:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/diablo-iii-performance-be...
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May 23, 2012 11:08:01 AM

Get the 7850/7870 and overclock it. If you had more budget i'd go with a GTX670, but the 7850 is a champion overclocker
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May 23, 2012 11:18:12 AM

constepatdyak said:
Get the 7850/7870 and overclock it. If you had more budget i'd go with a GTX670, but the 7850 is a champion overclocker


He's running D3 guys...just go for a card with 2GB ram to be on the safe side. The 560Ti will be fine. But if you're going to be playing other, more demanding games like Crysis 2 or BF3 then you should consider a more powerful card. But at this res with this game, the 560 Ti is sufficient.
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May 23, 2012 8:42:43 PM

thanks for all the replies guys!
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May 27, 2012 7:40:57 AM

Earlier I said I play D3 on 2560x1440 with max settings on 1gig geforce 560ti. Apparently I was playing on 1920x1080. Tried on native resolution and it actually not that smooth anymore. So people who say 1gig is not enough are correct I believe.

Sorry for disinformation.
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May 27, 2012 6:04:42 PM

then get 2gb.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
May 27, 2012 6:13:54 PM

For resolutions above 1920x1080, 2gb of vram is needed for the smoothest gameplay.
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February 19, 2013 7:36:18 PM

amuffin said:
For resolutions above 1920x1080, 2gb of vram is needed for the smoothest gameplay.


I know this post is old, but I thought I'd share my thoughts for someone who comes across this in a search. I agree that a lot of people on most forums seem to over-recommend hardware to others, saying that it is necessary. I have found that often this advise is incorrect or at least misleading. It makes it hard to really understand the truth when everyone is blindly recommending you to spend more and more money because you *need* it.

I have an Athlon II X4 @ 3.5Ghz paired with a 768mb GTX 460 192-bit, and I can play Diablo 3 at 2560x1440 with all settings on high and FXAA enabled. I have VSync on and it is usually at 60fps, sometimes at 30fps, and almost never below that. The only thing I did need to do was take off smooth shadows. That made a huge impact on performance. Gameplay is smooth and I never have any issues.

If you are wondering about Starcraft 2, I can do the same thing there - all settings maxed out except for texture detail is high instead of ultra.

Hope this helps someone!
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