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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 or near 60fps with 8x AF.

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.

Is it likely that these GPUs will be powerful enough for my needs without having to resort to Crossfire? I know that I'm calling for speculation but I'm just trying to get a rough idea of how demanding playing games at this resolution will be.

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7950 8950 9950???????????????
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Hye mate, it's hard to say which future cards will run those games at those settings because we don't know anything about them. However today, the only single card solutions that will do or come close to doing what you want are:

GTX 580 3GB
HD6990 4GB
GTX590 (but wouldn't recommend it)
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The best single gpu (580)can't even max out 1680 x 1050 if you want to get technical, forget about AA and 60fps. If you have space issues get a dual gpu, otherwise you may have to wait a long time
     
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The best single gpu (580)can't even max out 1680 x 1050 if you want to get technical, forget about AA and 60fps. If you have space issues get a dual gpu, otherwise you may have to wait a long time
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What did I say wrong? I thought I read the OP and addressed his claim. The gtx 580 for a fact can't Max metro at 1680 so that's one thing. At his Res forget about it. Possibly the next gen of gpus may max his games (ofcourse they aren't out yet, both games or cards) so know one knows. I just gave my input which I feel is valid.
     
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I'm doing fine with my 460 here. Some games like Crysis 2 or GTA IV I need to turn the resolution down to 1920x1200, which really isn't that bad.

And at this high of a resolution, you really don't need that high of an AA.
    
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What did I say wrong? I thought I read the OP and addressed his claim. The gtx 580 for a fact can't Max metro at 1680 so that's one thing. At his Res forget about it. Possibly the next gen of gpus may max his games (ofcourse they aren't out yet, both games or cards) so know one knows. I just gave my input which I feel is valid.
Metro 2033 is a bad game. badly optimised. however for example, some people (testers) are maxing upcomming BF3 with a single 570 or 6970 in 1080p and + 40 fps, and we all know that this game looks like it would need a guad gpu configuration + sr-2 platform.

so i would say that 580 is a good call, for some time atleast.
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I'm doing fine with my 460 here. Some games like Crysis 2 or GTA IV I need to turn the resolution down to 1920x1200, which really isn't that bad.

And at this high of a resolution, you really don't need that high of an AA.
Yeah I was thinking I could run with no AA as the pixel pitch would be very fine and I've never really been bothered by jaggies.

I'm not fussed about 'max settings' - my main priorities are native resolution, framerate and anisotropic filtering.

I don't normally play demanding/unoptimised single player FPS like Crysis and Metro but if I did want to I would be happy to play them on low settings. I'm far more interested in performance in the games I mentioned because those are the ones that I will play for 100+ hours each.
Edited by Brod - 8/21/11 at 12:42am
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