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I'm interested in the upcoming Samsung S27A850 monitor which has a 2560x1440 resolution, but I'm concerned about the GPU power required to play games on it long term.

Ideally I would like to play upcoming games such as Diablo 3, Modern Warfare 3, CS: Global Offensive, F1 2011 and Skyrim at 60fps with 8x AF - is this likely to be possible with a single GPU at around the 7950 (Southern Islands) price point or would I need to look at Crossfire?

I know that I'm calling for speculation but I'm just trying to get a rough idea of how demanding games will be at this resolution.

Cheers
Edited by Brod - 8/20/11 at 1:35am
post #2 of 16
i have 2560x1600 resolution, which is more, but i will comment on that resolution.

i have a gtx 580 vanilla (1.5GB vram) and i would personally stick with a 2GB gtx 560 Ti, or maybe grab a 3GB gtx 580. But really, the improvement is not that noticeable. Just more settings maxed out. there is no card right now that will game at that resolution "long run."

my 580 will get pwned by the upcoming games. it simply isnt powerful enough to game at these resolutions. A 560 Ti will get 60-60 FPS where the 580 will get you 80-90 FPS. personally, i would SLI 2GB 560s, as that will be the closest thing to "future-proof" you will be able to get. the 580 will not be able to power though the next generation of games on larger than 1920x1200 resolutions.
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Thanks for the reply. I should note that I'm not thinking of the current generation of GPUs and am happy to wait for Southern Islands release to get stuck into the upcoming games that interest me.

I do like to keep up with the newest tech, so long term I would be happy if I were able to buy a single 7950, then sell it to upgrade to a single 8950, then sell it to upgrade to a single 9950, etc.

While I'm not completely opposed to Crossfire if it's necessary, I would need to invest in a new PSU in addition to the cost of a second GPU, so it would be rather costly.
Edited by Brod - 8/20/11 at 2:01am
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I would go ahead and say that a 6970 is enough for 2560x1440. I myself ran 2048x1536 for a couple of months on my 5870, without any issues. Now I'm running 5760x1200, and I see an obvious vram limit in newer games.

So it's... a maybe. Let's see when 7000 series comes out.

Just don't expect a 100% 60FPS
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Originally Posted by Skoobs View Post
i have 2560x1600 resolution, which is more, but i will comment on that resolution.

i have a gtx 580 vanilla (1.5GB vram) and i would personally stick with a 2GB gtx 560 Ti, or maybe grab a 3GB gtx 580. But really, the improvement is not that noticeable. Just more settings maxed out. there is no card right now that will game at that resolution "long run."

my 580 will get pwned by the upcoming games. it simply isnt powerful enough to game at these resolutions. A 560 Ti will get 60-60 FPS where the 580 will get you 80-90 FPS. personally, i would SLI 2GB 560s, as that will be the closest thing to "future-proof" you will be able to get. the 580 will not be able to power though the next generation of games on larger than 1920x1200 resolutions.
Unless you 580 SLI
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post #6 of 16
6970 or 580 will be fine for now. If you're fine upgrading once every ~year or so, then you should have no problems. However, like the first poster said, 580/6970 will only hold its ground for a year or two years max.
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think of whatever frames your getting and - by about 40 frames give or take.
 
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post #8 of 16
youll need a 580 to do that res
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post #9 of 16
Playing 2560x1600 with a single 580 GTX, I was somewhat in the same boat as you and I can say that a single 580 is running all my games with 60fps on max.

Talking Just Cause 2, Mafia 2, CSS, MW2, GTAIV, Bad Company 2, DiRT 3...
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post #10 of 16
My sig rig plays just fine but not always at 60+

Doesnt bother me much.
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