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Is a HD 7870 enought for 2560x1440 gaming?

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October 14, 2012 4:36:17 AM

HI guys :hello: 

I'm about to purchase the 27-inch 2560x1440 Acheiva Shimian Lite Korean monitor.
Is a HD 7870 good enough to play the latest racing games maxed out in a single 2560x1440 display?
I'll be playing using Logitech G27 steering wheels and I don't want the graphic card to be the bottle neck. At the same time I don't want to buy the HD7950 if it is'nt worth the extra price for playing in a single 2560x1440 monitor.
I heard these monitors have a response time of 6ms.

PS : I play only car games. I don't play shooting/war games or other genre.


Thanks in advance :) 
a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2012 4:56:34 AM

Well look at some benchmarks. I just looked at bf3 and it gets 28fps at 1440. But it is on ultra so you might be able to pull it off on high settings. It wouldn't be a bad idea to invest in a 7950 instead.
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October 14, 2012 5:09:01 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=550

I guess Dirt 3 requires the most out of GPU as far as racing games are concerned. It is the most demanding car game right? [correct me if I'm wrong]
The difference in fps is <5 fps for ultra @2560x1440 and in minimum @2560x1440 between 7870 and 7950.
And even minimum gives 60+ fps. I think my monitor can't go beyond 60+fps.
I have a 520W PSU and I think I'll have to change it to 650W for 79xx cards. Whereas I can use the same 520W for 78xx cards. I'm considering that too :) 

PS : I don't play bf3 :) 

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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2012 5:26:09 AM

a 7950 would be a better investment at that resolution than a 7870
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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2012 5:26:50 AM

Well if that is all you are playing then the 7870 is probably enough. But I would check the games you play, I don't really know though because I don't play racing games.
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October 14, 2012 5:39:15 AM

is this graphics good for gaming? I saw the benchmarks on nvidia site and it ran crysis 2, dirt 3, batman arkham city, etc.. well. Also, i put my specs in gaming-debates.com and it showed it can run all these games at high....

My specs:
AMD BULLDOZER FX 4100 3.60 Ghz 12MB cache
MSI GTX 550ti 1GB ddr5 ( http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N550GTX-Ti-Cyclone-II-1G... )
8GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ram
1024x768 resolution

for alan wake:
http://i.imgbox.com/adkgQCZ9.jpg

for dead space 3:
http://i.imgbox.com/acyHHPkG.jpg

for dead space 2:
http://i.imgbox.com/adzLOM0P.jpg

for gta 4:
http://i.imgbox.com/aczBPvXE.jpg

for moh warfighter:
http://i.imgbox.com/abm5O4vT.jpg


for mass effect 3:
http://i.imgbox.com/adfOEqvQ.jpg

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a c 92 U Graphics card
October 14, 2012 7:06:08 AM

the 7870 should have no problem playing racing games at that resolution. I don't think they are all that graphically demanding except for dirt showdown which is mostly because of the new lighting an compute techniques of using the graphics card. Still have great frame rates on a 7870 tho.
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a b U Graphics card
October 14, 2012 8:50:34 AM

If you ever go into more graphically demanding FPS's, Crysis 3 and BF3 come to mind, then a 7950 might suit you better -- its memory interface (384 bit) compared to the 7870's (256 bit) will perform better at higher resolutions. Seeing as you want to play racing games (Which I think would be bloody awesome at 1440p) a 7870 should suffice.
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October 14, 2012 2:02:43 PM

JJ1217 said:
If you ever go into more graphically demanding FPS's, Crysis 3 and BF3 come to mind, then a 7950 might suit you better -- its memory interface (384 bit) compared to the 7870's (256 bit) will perform better at higher resolutions. Seeing as you want to play racing games (Which I think would be bloody awesome at 1440p) a 7870 should suffice.



Thanks JJ1217 :D 
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October 14, 2012 2:02:58 PM

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