Originally Posted by OwnedINC
Oddly you seem to defy most benchmarks out there, along with missing the point of the term maxed.
OT: 2 460s are plenty for BF3 if you're just looking for a good experience.
Oddly the ones telling him to buy 6970's to max BF3 are defying benchmarks....To the op, if your concern is FULLY maxing BF3 with MSAA and AA fully enabled I would look at the 570 or 580 in SLI. The 6950/6970 is a decent choice, but do have issues with MSAA enabled. Personally, for BF3 I would look elswhere for playing maxed out. Do not take some of these guys word for it. Hit the web and read the performance reviews that have been done so far and you'll find your answer there. I've quicky realized that some of the guys here just want you to buy the same gpus that they have.
Take a look....
While some things have changed since we tested the Battlefield 3 beta a month ago, overall the performance trends were very much the same.
Being blatant for a second, the Radeon performance both sucked and impressed.
Both AMD and Nvidia supplied us with their own version of a "reviewers guide" for Battlefield 3 along with their latest drivers.
Nvidia didn’t bother to compare their products to AMD’s when putting together their reviewers guide. AMD, on the other hand, included extensive testing putting products from both companies head to head. That testing cast the Radeon series in a good light, however we found it odd that in virtually every test AMD used the Ultra settings but with MSAA completely disabled.
When we started testing on our own it became apparent why AMD did this. With MSAA enabled the performance sharply declines with Radeon boards and previous generation Nvidia products make AMD’s current generation hardware look foolish.
However disabling MSAA allows AMD to catch up to Nvidia, as you saw in our High quality 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 tests.
Without MSAA the Radeon HD 6970 looks far more impressive, as it was able to match the GeForce GTX 580 while setting you back 27% less. The same can be said about multi-GPU setups which saw the Radeon HD 6970 Crossfire cards mimic the performance of the GeForce GTX 580 SLI configuration.
To the thread starter:
If you're ok without maxing MSAA then the 6970's seem like a very good buy. Some guys will say you can't tell the difference or you don't need to have it enabled, but I think that varies with opinion.The details are in the eye of the beholder. In my opinion you can definately enjoy the game without MSAA and it still looks amazing, but personally I choose to leave it on because it does improve image quality and smooth out edges quite a bit.
FXAA is an alternative to MSAA, but you'll take a hit in image quality because it seems to cause SOME blurriness. You can read more about using FXAA at the [H]ardOCP forums....
Edit:Watch this post get attacked simply because I was honest and gave my opinion.Edited by RawFoodPhil - 11/4/11 at 2:05pm