I have just found a problem i was gonna buy a Radeon HD 6950 but then noticed the asus gtx 580 is only a bit more... Is there a huge performance increase for the money ? The asus gtx 580 is 60 pound more and was wondering is it worth the extra ?? I play a lot of battlefield 3 so would like a card which can play that at max.... was told by a seller of a asus gtx 580 it would play it at max and in 1080hp ...
You decide ... haven't checked prices in two weeks:
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
But they both last generation ..... I'd consider some of the new stuff
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
In the table above for example, the Asus 670 Cu DCII TOP costs $430 each and gets 999 fps in single card configuration at a cost of $0.43 per frame and 1679 in SLI at a cost of $0.51 per frame. The AMD cards w/ NA did not complete all games in the test suite. This should be resolved in an upcoming driver fix. The nVidia card w/ NA and the new 7970 Ghz Edition was not tested in SLI. For some reason, they didn't test ANNO 1401 of the GHz Edition....to compensate, the % increase from the 7970 to 7970 GHz Ed. was applied to the 7970 score to get a comparable score for the Ghz Edition.
It also contains benchmarks. Your power supply is more than adequate.
I wouldn't invest in a card of this performance unless you have a CPU that has nearly the performance of an i5-750, i7-860, i7-920 or BETTER:
You can compare your CPU here. I'd say the bare minimum would be 80% of an i5-750 or you'll get severe bottlenecking in some games. It varies by the game. If your CPU is say 75% the performance of an i5-750 then overclocking would help. In which case look for a reasonably good heatsink. You should have one anyway if only to reduce noise.
(this is just an example from NCIX Canada. It must not only be compatible with your CPU socket, and fit the case, but also have good reviews. This is the best value I know of and far quieter and cooler than a stock CPU fan. Well worth the price for noise control. I'm a fan of Noctua but they are expensive.)