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Originally Posted by MME1122 View Post

Check this out: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/metro_last_light_graphics_performance_review_benchmark,6.html
No single card, including the titan, can run Metro at 60 fps at that resolution with all image quality settings turned up. To get there we're talking >$1000 worth of graphics hardware. With something like a 7870 you will need to turn down image quality settings and/or resolution to get 60 fps.

Skyrim however is a different story thumb.gif
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition-radeon-hd-7850-review-rounding-out-southern-islands/13
You can see the 7870 GHz edition maxes the game out at QHD resolution. I will note that using a LOT of texture mods might require more than 2 GB of vram, I hit the vram limit on my 670 at 1080p. Modded skyrim is one of the exceptions where >2GB can be useful.

Your first half of your post is useless; Metro 2033 eats GPUs alive and doesn't even make it look that good for the kind of performance it requires.

It's not a useful test. Most other games will behave differently
post #22 of 58
7950 would be my 2cents.gif a little more than a 7870 but can overclock well
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post #23 of 58
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Originally Posted by willibj View Post

This.

OP - you will be disappointed with the 7850 eventually, and even a regular 7870 I think.

The best bang for the buck would be the cheapest 7950 you can find. That would be the best option, for that resolution.

You mention max frame rates, but that you don't care about graphics. If you're happy to run everything on Low graphics, then a 7850 will probably do, but it spoils the point of having a beautiful and high-res screen.

A 7950 will run most games at 1440p with max or near max graphics at approaching 60fps. You will have to turn down some settings for games like Metro, but it will max out the great many, with a little overclock especially.

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation about 7870/7870 vs 7950, I am completely new to gaming, the advice from everyone here who have experience with gaming and graphics hardware really saved my day!
post #24 of 58
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I want to thank everyone who posted the advice in the thread. The consensus suggests that 7950 would be the most suitable card for my current needs and preferences.

I checked the online price for a 7950 card, the low price is at $300. For the curiosity, I googled "7950 vs GTX 660", because the GTX 660 is on sale at FRYS for $169. I found this review, in which the author recommends GTX 660 over 7950:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited

Since the price difference between a GTX 660 and a 7950 is quite significant, if these 2 cards are about equal in performance, would it be wrong to go with the GTX 660?
post #25 of 58
660 is different from 660 Ti sir...

If you went to Fry's and bought that $169 660 (not Ti) you would've had numbers like this:
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=660

This is numbers generally speaking you're interested in; notice the resolution you want the 2560x ones.
http://anandtech.com/bench/Product/645?vs=647


TL;DR
Reading mistake. Also keep in mind OP that you linked to a review that is 6 months old... drivers change not sure how things are now but 10%+?
Still 7950 or 7870 LE/XT (79xx series architecture but labeled in the 78xx series)
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#q=7870&firstonly=1
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php#q=7950&firstonly=1
post #26 of 58
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Originally Posted by user33 View Post

I want to thank everyone who posted the advice in the thread. The consensus suggests that 7950 would be the most suitable card for my current needs and preferences.

I checked the online price for a 7950 card, the low price is at $300. For the curiosity, I googled "7950 vs GTX 660", because the GTX 660 is on sale at FRYS for $169. I found this review, in which the author recommends GTX 660 over 7950:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited

Since the price difference between a GTX 660 and a 7950 is quite significant, if these 2 cards are about equal in performance, would it be wrong to go with the GTX 660?


You have the 660ti in the review, it's near 300 dollars and significantly better then the 660.
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post #27 of 58
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I want to thank everyone who posted the advice in the thread. The consensus suggests that 7950 would be the most suitable card for my current needs and preferences.

I checked the online price for a 7950 card, the low price is at $300. For the curiosity, I googled "7950 vs GTX 660", because the GTX 660 is on sale at FRYS for $169. I found this review, in which the author recommends GTX 660 over 7950:

http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited

Since the price difference between a GTX 660 and a 7950 is quite significant, if these 2 cards are about equal in performance, would it be wrong to go with the GTX 660?

That review is the 7950 vs the GTX 660Ti, which is a considerably more powerful card than the GTX 660. However, two GTX 660's WILL give you better performance than a single HD 7950 at 1440p. However, the 7950 will offer the extra 1GB of VRAM which can be necessary if you are playing a heavily modded Skyrim. Otherwise, there really aren't many games that will use 2GB of VRAM on the market at a single 1440p screen. And the ones that do, you are going to run out of GPU power before you think about hitting the vram limit (exception is a highly modded Skyrim, and even then, with all of the high res texture mods/particle mods, I'm still hard pressed to go over 1.8gb of VRAM usage personally on a single 1440p).

It's your pick imo.
post #28 of 58
On another note 660 Ti's can be had for fairly attractive prices as you can see, and coming with Metro Last Light
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=660+ti

However, with 1440p I'd go with 7xxx series because of the 3GB VRAM and the game bundles... you get 4+ games with them effectively free coupons you can sell off or enjoy yourself.
post #29 of 58
I wouldn't get a gtx 660 for a resolution that high considering it only has 1.5gb of usable ram. The 7950 has double that and will crush pretty much anything you throw at it especially overclocked.
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post #30 of 58
Another vote for the 7950. The 7950 is pretty much universally faster than the 660Ti, especially at >1080p. Also note that the drivers, at least for AMD, have improved drastically since the benchmark you posted, especially in frametimes, which were 12.11's weakness.

Plus you get one game with the 660Ti, versus four with the 7950. wink.gif
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