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I keep hearing this now then, that cards like the 580, the 6990, and the upcoming 590 are a "huge waste on a 1080P monitor" and that anybody "would be an idiot to buy one". Why????????

I think I understand the reason, but there are many games that still run slow (<60FPS) at the highest of settings @1080P, so how are these cards a waste?
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I have sli gtx 480 in my other rig for 1080p

Only time I ever use the grunt is when playing fully modded games
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They're not.
    
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It's a waste to pay $600 for a graphics card just to fully max out crysis and metro.
 
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Waste is not the correct word here, Overkill is
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try aiming for 100+fps on a 120hz 3d ready monitor

not enough juice to power the overkill-ness
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I agree. I have a gtx470 and I cant max out any game ive played in the past 3 months without getting under 40 fps.

(tera, rift, dragon age 2, crysis 2, crysis)
post #8 of 78
Because the VRam simply won't be used, and you won't use the cards full potential.

As an example, I ran the Mafia II benchmark with a 470, and my 5970. At 1080p, there was no difference between them whatsoever. Pretty much exactly the same results.

At 2560 x 1440; the 5970 pulled ahead considerably, by a long shot, but the 470 was left lagging behind with unplayable frames.
    
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post #9 of 78
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Originally Posted by Capwn View Post
Waste is not the correct word here, Overkill is


Yes, but not it's overkill for games that are coming out in the next 6-8 months though, so it's not overkill.
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post #10 of 78
Yup, it's all about vram usage. Anything over 1gb is pretty overkill for 1080p, trust me, i've had a gtx 580. The only time 1gb cards can't handle it is when you pour on the tessellation, AA, and AF. So, in other words, the only time any card with over 1gb isn't overkill is in a multiple gpu configuration.
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