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Is a gtx 465 strong enough for a 120hz monitor?

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October 14, 2012 10:30:32 AM

I am going to be buying a 120hz monitor (not for 3d, just refresh rate) and was wondering if i am going to need to replace my GPU as well. I get between 80-120 fps most areas, but ive seen dips into the 40's in spots.

Is a gtx 660ti a worthwhile replacement for a gtx 465? Its hard to justify 300 bucks if it only increases my FPS by 10-15.

I mainly play world of warcraft for reference.
October 14, 2012 12:27:34 PM

Personally, I don't see the need for a 120hertz monitor, but if you're running 1080p right now, there should be no difference in your fps in WoW on a standard 1080p monitor and a 1080p monitor with 120hertz refresh rate.

The higher refresh rate just means.....it has a higher refresh rate,
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October 14, 2012 12:36:38 PM

Ya i understand there will be no FPS difference, but ive seen 120hz monitors look "smoother" than 60hz monitors even when it is below 120hz. How is this possible, dont ask me lol.

Maybe it depends on the individual on whether they notice how a game plays between the two, but for me it is night and day.

Im just concerned my GTX 465 is a bit on the weak side, thats why i ask here.
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October 14, 2012 1:41:39 PM

Scotty99 said:
Ya i understand there will be no FPS difference, but ive seen 120hz monitors look "smoother" than 60hz monitors even when it is below 120hz. How is this possible, dont ask me lol.

Maybe it depends on the individual on whether they notice how a game plays between the two, but for me it is night and day.

Im just concerned my GTX 465 is a bit on the weak side, thats why i ask here.


Nah, I've watched Top Gear when it was 24fps and now 60fps on my monitor, I know it does looks smoother, but just don't feel like shelling out the money :lol: 

Don't worry, like I said, if it can't handle 1080p now, it can handle 1080p 120hertz monitors,

the only difference is more than 60fps will be displayed, if the game is mostly under 60fps most of the time when you play, it'd be a waste though :p 
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October 14, 2012 1:58:01 PM

BigMack70 said:
They're smoother because the refresh rate is much faster. As for if that card can do a 120 Hz monitor - yes. However, it's not going to play much of anything at 120fps unless the settings are turned way down. I have a hard time believing it's even able to hit 80-120fps in WoW!

You'd have to tell us your CPU as well if you wanted a recommendation for a 120fps GPU - 120fps gaming is just as CPU dependent as GPU.



I do get 80-120 FPS in wow with mostly ultra settings, dipping to the 50's when in crowded cities like most people.

My CPU is a 2500k@4.2, 8gb 1600mhz XMP profile CAS8 ram, gtx 465@750mhz (stock is 607).
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October 14, 2012 2:16:33 PM

Whats really odd is that my WEI is 7.8 on both gaming and graphics performance. I know this number basically means nothing, but people i know with 6870's, 6950's, heck even 7850's and 7870's that are either at 7.8 or lower. Maybe i just got a really good 465? Ive never heard of anyone with a gtx 460 get that high in WEI, and a 460 is apparently slightly faster than a 465.
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October 14, 2012 2:24:24 PM

Reading is a difficult task, i understand this : )

Like i said, i realize it means nothing, but it IS a reference point. I dont know the benchmarks the WEI perform's for the graphics portion, but it is an oddity that my GTX 465 would outscore cards in obviously higher price/performance categories.
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October 14, 2012 2:25:32 PM

Also i should state, yes these other cards were in an overclocked state when testing WEI, just like my GTX 465. Because i know that does affect WEI.

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October 14, 2012 2:57:51 PM

It scores higher because WEI is a joke :/ 
it's for very rough comparisons. Rougher than a brand new Sand paper.

One more thing, the 460 actually has worse Compute performance than the 465 as it's based off the GF104 and not the GF100.
Gaming performance and performance/watt on the 460 is better though cause it's not an extremely cut down version of a perfect GPU
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October 14, 2012 3:01:33 PM

Yep i new this, but then wouldnt a 460 score higher than a 465 on gaming graphics and lower on graphics? Then again i dont know what benchmarks they run lol.

Anywho, enough about WEI lol. Would still love to see someone reply that has a 120hz monitor and a GPU in the same performance league as mine.
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October 14, 2012 3:05:12 PM

Just get the monitor if you like it, personally I have a friend who went the same path.

I'd argue that it didn't bring any difference, but he said it was cheaper to grab his 27" Samsung 3D monitor than to get a standard 27" HD TV :lol: 


or you could do what I did, go to your local electronics store and stand next to both 60hertz and 120hertz monitor and ask the tech to play a video game on it. :p 

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