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September 28, 2012 11:49:17 PM

Today I was browsing through different benchmarks, and I felt like getting a new video card.
I was looking at these video cards:

ATI

XFX Radeon HD 7950 Double D 800MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DL-DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 Windforce 900MHZ 3GB 5GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XDP PCI-E Video Card

MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III 880MHZ 3GB 1250MHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINI DP DX11 PCI Video Card

Powercolor Radeon HD 7950 OC 880MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DL-DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

NVIDIA

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 TI+ 915MHZ 3GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 SLI 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E DX11 Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti OC 1032MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

TBH I have some cash lying around, and I don't mind upgrading from my current gtx 570(plan on selling it after). I was looking at this review AnandTech - The GeForce GTX 660 Ti Review, Feat. EVGA, Zotac, and Gigabyte and I am thinking on going with ATI, still not sure though. I game on a 32 inch TV, which I also use to watch movies and whatnot, and I am ashamed to say that the max res the TV can go is 1360x768, I know that these cards are overkill for that, but I am planning for the future. I also want to have the possibility to OC in the near future. The benchmarks that get posted for the gtx 570 are often BS IMO. I don't know if the benchmarks I have been looking at get done while looking at the ground, but I am pretty sure I will get a lower fps on similar settings on my system(having in mind that I only game at 1360x768). I am looking to be able to get an avg of 60fps on modern games even when there is A LOT going-on on screen. I am pretty sure my PC doesn't have any bottle necks atm, but I truly believe that my GPU could be improved, after all my GPU is almost 2 years old.

Anyways, thoughts and comments are appreciated. Also good/legit websites to shop at are always welcome :) 

PS: I find the 20-30% performance difference between these cards and mine quite significant .

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September 29, 2012 12:13:51 AM

You're only gaming at 1360x768. A GTX 570 is quite powerful for such a low resolution. You say you're wanting to think about the future, but if your GTX 570 is running all your games at 60 FPS and your desired quality settings then there is absolutely no reason to upgrade it now. You would be much better off waiting to get better a better card in the future when they're cheaper and more powerful.
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September 29, 2012 12:18:30 AM

soccerdocks said:
You're only gaming at 1360x768. A GTX 570 is quite powerful for such a low resolution. You say you're wanting to think about the future, but if your GTX 570 is running all your games at 60 FPS and your desired quality settings then there is absolutely no reason to upgrade it now. You would be much better off waiting to get better a better card in the future when they're cheaper and more powerful.


It can run almost every game at 60 fps, but defiantly not at max. For example BF3 might drop to 40fps at MAX settings, maybe even lower if a lot of things are going on at the same time. Another example is GW2, at max settings I don't get a 60fps, maybe 40-50fps when not much is going on. Mostly due to the high detail shadows and reflections. If I put those two settings to low I get a constant 60fps. This is my set-up atm.

Motherboard: Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi
Hard Drives: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2 600W ATX
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT
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September 29, 2012 12:45:28 AM

What are your future plans?
Budget?
Both card types listed are great for 1080p, the 7950 will be better using AA or higher resolutions.
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September 29, 2012 12:47:00 AM

As soccerdocks said, a 570 is way too much for that res. Modern games are very dynamic and gpu loads vary significantly - sometimes your fps will dive under 60 but thats not because of the hardware, but specific unoptimized/inefficient situations where the game's engine struggles..
So you want to have an average 60+ fps but not necessarily an always-above-60fps gameplay on every game. Try it with metro2033, and with a 680sli setup youll get 150fps avg, but some 40fps minimums all the same
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September 29, 2012 12:51:04 AM

O,o i where you with that spec get a new monitor 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 if you like tv well got for one @ 1080 and just get something like a 660 ti / 7950
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September 29, 2012 1:05:55 AM

gerchokas said:
As soccerdocks said, a 570 is way too much for that res. Modern games are very dynamic and gpu loads vary significantly - sometimes your fps will dive under 60 but thats not because of the hardware, but specific unoptimized/inefficient situations where the game's engine struggles..
So you want to have an average 60+ fps but not necessarily an always-above-60fps gameplay on every game. Try it with metro2033, and with a 680sli setup youll get 150fps avg, but some 40fps minimums all the same


Hmm interesting, although hard to prove at time. Anyways I got a budget of $300, maybe I will wait until X-MAS.
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