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Quite interesting read. For me it was surprising that some 4-5 year old cards were still capable of offering ~30 fps with medium settings at 1920x1080 in these (relatively modern) games. Taking somewhat optimistic assumption that each generation the performance gains are ~50% (like it used to be for couple of generations leading up to the Nvidia 8800 if I remeber correct) then I would have expected the fastest card to be ~340% faster than the top card from 3 gens back - and in there we have like 4 to 5 generations in (for example, AMD/ATI 3, 4, 5 , 6 and 7 thousand series) there. Granted past few gens have been a bit lacking in such huge performance gains - no where near 50%, more like ~20% (i.e., top card is only ~250% of the performance of the 5 gens old top card if each gen offers only 20% gain of the 5 gens old card is taken as 100%)
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Quite interesting read. For me it was surprising that some 4-5 year old cards were still capable of offering ~30 fps with medium settings at 1920x1080 in these (relatively modern) games. Taking somewhat optimistic assumption that each generation the performance gains are ~50% (like it used to be for couple of generations leading up to the Nvidia 8800 if I remeber correct) then I would have expected the fastest card to be ~340% faster than the top card from 3 gens back - and in there we have like 4 to 5 generations in (for example, AMD/ATI 3, 4, 5 , 6 and 7 thousand series) there. Granted past few gens have been a bit lacking in such huge performance gains - no where near 50%, more like ~20% (i.e., top card is only ~250% of the performance of the 5 gens old top card if each gen offers only 20% gain of the 5 gens old card is taken as 100%)

There's a reason I haven't bothered upgrading from my 6870. I bought it the week it came out and since then I've had no trouble playing any game I've bought at high settings @ 1080p w/ moderate AA/AF. Graphics cards continue to get more and more powerful but games haven't become much more demanding. Maybe that will change when the next generation consoles come out or higher resolution displays become more mainstream.
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Noone seems to notice the fact that most of these games were tested at Medium settings so the older cards actually had a chance to run the game tongue.gif
 
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Noone seems to notice the fact that most of these games were tested at Medium settings so the older cards actually had a chance to run the game tongue.gif
Indeed - but in many games the effect of medium vs low vs high is not that large. Let me provide some screenshots I took a little while ago when in some thread there was discussion about high resolution gaming.



This is Metro 2033 - one of the screenshots is DX 9 mode, low settings and others should be DX 11 mode medium and then highest possible settings. BTW in DX 9 low settings a single 6770 is capable of running Metro 2033 at approx 30 fps at that resolution. The resolution is 5400x1920. In DX 11 mode ofc 6770 is no where near cutting it as it runs out of RAM at such resolution and the DX 11 shots are taken on 7870 card (at highest settings the game is not really playable with a 7870 tho as FPS is ~15 at such resolution). In some other places ofc the effects of the quality settings stand out more but I dont have good selection of screenshots for these and also games which are not mostly dark tunnels tend to allow better to spot the difference in settings but even then it takes a damn good eye usually to catch the difference between say, medium and high setting.
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Indeed. Some of their results are /quite/ interesting though, especially the 6850 in BF3. It was only getting 51fps on Medium at 1080p, when mine gets a solid 60fps on High at 1080p confused.gif
 
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Indeed. Some of their results are /quite/ interesting though, especially the 6850 in BF3. It was only getting 51fps on Medium at 1080p, when mine gets a solid 60fps on High at 1080p confused.gif
Their results have some variance, for example, when you look at the 5770 vs 6770 you can see that for some reason the results are a bit different although its exactly the same card with just a bigger number printed on the box. Also, its not entirely clear what they consider as "medium" settings - probably just what comes from the drop down menu but I'm not sure how that goes with some of the effects that can be set separately, like, for example, AA modes and so on. Anyway - but presumably these settings are the same for all their tests so in that regard the results should be good as they show the relative performance of these cards under the same conditions.
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Pretty interesting chart. A couple of odd surprises there. Most notably: Spec Ops: The Line

The GTX 295 placed 4th and beat out the GTX 580 and 680 ?!??!?!
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Indeed - but in many games the effect of medium vs low vs high is not that large.

Agreed. Obviously it varies alot from game to game, but in some games Medium still looks quite good.
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