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Well, the thread pretty much writes itself. I'm a photographer, so I bought myself a nice u2711 screen (2560x1440). Surprise surprise, my games don't fun for **** anymore on my old 9800GT, so it's time to upgrade

Therefore, i come to you, mighty GPU gurus. My budget is around 250 euros, and my rig is my sig rig. I probably won't be running Eyefinity, since I have a 27" screen lol.

For now the MSI HD6950 OC/Power with the Twin FrozrIII seems to be the best card I can get for my purposes. 2 GB's of memory, higher clocks and overclockability. It also positions itself nicely at 240 euros.

The main competitor appears to be the GTX 470 (180 euros) , but I fear the 1.25 GB of RAM won't be enough to accomodate the larger textures required for 2560x1440 gaming.

Same story for the MSI GTX 480 (265 euros), plus it's higher price isn't really compelling.


The games I will be playing will mostly be FPSes, with an emphasis on Battlefield bad company 2, battlefield 3 etc.
Those games run a bit better on nvidia systems, but from the benchmarks it appears the ATI cards are better at 2560x1440 resolutions. Therefore my choice for the HD6950

Any insight would be much appreciated!

BUDGET = ~ 250 euros

Edited by citruspers - 4/30/11 at 2:08pm
    
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If you want a bit more power I would look for one of the reference 6950's 2GB versions that has unlockable shaders.
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post #3 of 20
Well since your a photographer do you use photoshop? Because if i'm not mistaken it supports Cuda so if you get the 470 or 480 that'll help. But you want pure gaming performance I guess you can go with the HD6950 and try to flash it with the 6970 bios for a kickass card
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I think youll like the AMD 69xx series cards. In that budget, id look into getting a 6950 and unlocking it. Best value for money out there right now, and the 2 gig vRAM is a godsend for HD+ resolutions.
post #5 of 20
Go for the 6950. That should serve your purposes fine for most games. It does for me (note my sig rig gpu and monitor). For some notoriously hard to run games (metro 2033) you might have to dial down the graphics a tiny bit but for the most part you can run everything on max with good frame rates. Also, make sure to get a reference model card so you can unlock it, which will give you comparable performance to a 6970 for less cost.
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GTX 570 Lightning is 250 euros (converted price) but only 1.25GB VRAM. Maybe the 6950 is the best choice.
Edited by csm725 - 4/30/11 at 1:56pm
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post #7 of 20
For gaming, the 6950 is the choice for me (as you can see). I also game on high res (U3011) and I can tell you that you will choke on VRAM on a 470 if you like a lot of eye candy..Booty Warrior (another member here ) who runs the U2711 has posted a few screenshots of him spiking nearly 1.6 GB of VRAM in Metro 2033 with the eye candy up so..in the end it's up to you on how much you want to have available to you.
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post #8 of 20
Go with the 6950 2GB. Unlock it and watch as your framerates go back into the double digits!
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post #9 of 20
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Thanks for that!

About the CUDA + photoshop: I'm not aware of this, afaik photoshop only uses OpenGL to accelerate some image rendering, which both cards should do fine. I don't really use photoshop though (don't like Adobe's workflow + raw rendering).

About the flashing from 6950 to 6970: I've read about this, and it should be quite foolproof with the dual bios, but I heard some rumors that it was disabled in some versions. do I absolutely need a reference version, and if so, which one (asus EAH2GB something?)

I kind of like the MSI 6950 OC power approach. It seems to add a mild overclock, a big cooler that beats the reference one, and some more PWM's, so it should be a good overclocker. Would you recommend that over buying a reference card?

+repped

NINJA edit:

As you've seen, my CPU is a Q6600, OC'd to 3.6 ghz. Will this be a choking point, or should it be sufficient?
    
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I'd look at a 6990 too.
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