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i'm currently playing on a Asus GTX560. I play on 1920X1080 60hz 2ms, and am getting over 60 FPS in every game i currently play.

So my question is:

what would be the benifits of upgrading my card (to a gtx 670) if i'm already getting over 60fps on 60hz? Is it a pointless upgrade, or will i notice anything different?
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well, it depends on what games you are playing. i have a 560ti and i CANNOT max games like bf3 and get consistent 60+ fps, so i have to turn down some of the settings to high or medium, and turn the msaa completely off.

a 670 will allow you to max out most every game on the market, especially at that resolution, and have some AA as well. it really depends on what games you are playing, and if you are getting 60+ fps in all the games that you want to play, and you have all the settings turned up, then no, you will not notice a difference, but if you have some of the settings turned down to achieve those 60+ fps, then a 670 will most likely allow you to max out the games settings AND keep it above 60 fps.

again, it's really all about what games you are playing and what you will be playing in the future.
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well, it depends on what games you are playing. i have a 560ti and i CANNOT max games like bf3 and get consistent 60+ fps, so i have to turn down some of the settings to high or medium, and turn the msaa completely off.
+1

Its not about higher FPS - it's about the ability to turn up in-game settings to have better experience while gaming.
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Not saying anyone is being dishonest, but here's a list of games that I know for a fact you cannot max out with (at least) 4xAA at 1080p resolution on a 560 and still stay above 40fps at all times:

Metro2033,
Witcher 2,
Crysis,
Crysis WH,
Crysis 2 (DX11 version),
BF3,
Arma2,
Max Payne 3,
Just Cause 2,
Aliens v. Predator,
Lost Planet 2,
Stalker CS & CoP,
Alice: Madness Returns (with PhysX) ,
Mafia 2 (with PhysX) ,
Batman Arkham City (DX11, with PhysX)

I'm sure there are others, those are just the ones I own and know very well how they perform when maxed out.

So, if any of those games interest you, then I can promise that upgrading to a 670 will improve your overall gameplay experience over a 560 by allowing you higher maximum playable settings in those games, at the very least. And I can think of a few others that would be 'iffy' when maxed on a 560, such that I'd guess you would noticeably benefit from a 670 ... Skyrim, Serious Sam 3, Deus Ex:HR, F3AR, to name a few.

If your mainly into older/easier to run games like Minecraft, WoW, StarCraft 2, Counter-Strike, Diablo 3, etc ... then no, there won't be much benefit to upgrading. There's no real difference in image quality to be seen from a newer card UNLESS that card allows you to enable higher settings in the games you're actually playing.
    
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