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Windows 7: Suggestions on a GPU

20 May 2011   #31
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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If you go with a 6950 I don't think you have to worry about temps as the card runs pretty cool on idle.....

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And doesn't get too hot on load either. Also price to performance is outstanding. Very nice card for the price.

6950 2gig - Newegg.com - 6950 2gb
How is the performance on that card? Have you run any games on DirectX 11 with maximum settings?
I have the 5850 which is slightly slower than the 6950 and I play Battlefield Bad Company 2 at 1920x1080 with maximum graphic settings and 4x AA
Plays very smooth on my slow machine.

there are only 18 DX11 games and 1 of them doesn't have DX11 yet (Crysis 2) which means only 17 games right now are DX11.

there are currently 7 more listed coming out between now and the end of the year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ctX_11_support


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20 May 2011   #32
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I've seen DirectX 11 textures and they're pretty... uh... very detailed. Technology is rapidly advancing...

I have Civilization V and tried DirectX 11 and it looked incredible but was impossible to play with my current configuration.
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20 May 2011   #33
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Looking over the thread, I see that no one has remarked:

A 990X for a gaming system? Waste of money. For most (not all) applications, an I7-2600k would give better performance, at 1/3 the CPU price.
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20 May 2011   #34
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
How is the performance on that card? Have you run any games on DirectX 11 with maximum settings?
The only DirectX 11 games I have are......

Dragon Age 2 which has the DX11 texture pack and the game ran very well on max setttings for me - Discuss Dragon Age 2

Metro 2033 - couldn't get into the game so I gave it up. FOr what little I played the game ran well with my card though.

Remember I have a 2 gig 6950 on a 22 inch LCD monitor with a res of 1680x1050. This card is perfect for that size. Yeah there are stronger cards but this card plays well with my games.
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21 May 2011   #35
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
How is the performance on that card? Have you run any games on DirectX 11 with maximum settings?
The only DirectX 11 games I have are......

Dragon Age 2 which has the DX11 texture pack and the game ran very well on max setttings for me - Discuss Dragon Age 2

Metro 2033 - couldn't get into the game so I gave it up. FOr what little I played the game ran well with my card though.

Remember I have a 2 gig 6950 on a 22 inch LCD monitor with a res of 1680x1050. This card is perfect for that size. Yeah there are stronger cards but this card plays well with my games.
I remember trying to play on DirectX 11, no go for me. But saying that your card handled that game without any problems, that's awesome, learned something new today.

Metro 2033 was a great game, I enjoyed it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Looking over the thread, I see that no one has remarked:

A 990X for a gaming system? Waste of money. For most (not all) applications, an I7-2600k would give better performance, at 1/3 the CPU price.
Hmm... what is the point of the 990x then? I thought it was fast. You seem to be knowledgeable in such things, can you tell me why the 2600 would run better than 990x?

If you're right, I'll give you a hug.

I'm still learning the details of computer hardware, this is an awesome experience for me.
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21 May 2011   #36
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

In terms of cooling, if you decide to look into the 570s, I would stay away from the 570 HD. Performance-wise they are the same but ...

The reference design 570 have a Vapor Cooling chamber, and exhaust all the hot air out back of the case. And they do seem to run quite cool.

The HD doesnt use a Vapor Chamber, and exhast some air out the back, and some back into the case. So very good airflow will be important for this one.

Also, I bought the Backplate and High Flow bracket for mine. Only to find out EVGA started shipping the cards with the HAF bracket already on them.


In regards to heat:

Mine idles at 38-40C depending on ambient.

I use a custom fan profile for my card when gaming.
Starting at 40% and ramping up to 50% @ 60C and increasing up to 60% at 72C.

Large majority of games the card runs at 60C under load.
Games like Borderlands, Bioshock, Fallout, etc They just dont MAX the GPU use.

For the really GPU intesive ones, it hits 70C.

Without the fan profile, the higher end temps under heavy stress can reach around 76C

So Ive really only increased the fan speeds slightly, for about a 5C drop at loads.


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I dont have many DX11 games either.
Mertro 2033 benchmark showed a avg of 55FPS, on High settings (Tesselation/Adv Phys-X and x16AF)
Sadly I think thats all this game is good for is a benchmark I just didnt get into it that much.


Also, keep in mind, Civ V is very CPU intensive.
While a good GPU is important, it also get a large performance boost from a Quad Core CPU.
Im able to run it wuith all settings on high and it plays quite smoothly. (And thats with a aging Q9650)

Empire Total War runs beatifully too. Even with lots of armies on the field.
All High Settings (Textures and Shadows at Ultra) x4AA x16AF.

Witcher 2 is probably my most GPU intesive game ATM. Mostly due to the fact it needs some optimizations still but ...
I am still able to use highest settings possible (except for turning OFF Ubersampling) and it runs smoothly.

I think youll be fiine with a single GPU, regardless which one you choose.
The 6950 / 570 / 6970 are all very good performing cards.


--CPU
Because of new technology. SandyBridge is a bit more effecient, and faster clock for clock.
Kinda of like the difference between a Socket 775 Yorkfield Quad VS a Core i7.
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21 May 2011   #37
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Looking over the thread, I see that no one has remarked:

A 990X for a gaming system? Waste of money. For most (not all) applications, an I7-2600k would give better performance, at 1/3 the CPU price.
Hmm... what is the point of the 990x then? I thought it was fast. You seem to be knowledgeable in such things, can you tell me why the 2600 would run better than 990x?
The best way for me to answer this is to say that for those that already have a 1366 socket i7-900 series system and had a thousand $1000, the Core i7-990X would be one heck of a chip.

However, if you don't have an i7 system at all, get a Sandy Bridge system, it's cheaper and a Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor will rival (not surpass) a 990x for about a third of the price!
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21 May 2011   #38
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

So I should get the 2600, that's good then.

I cannot run the Witcher 2 on my current system. I guess I have to wait a few months then, heheh, I don't think I'll play any games until I get my new system set up.
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21 May 2011   #39
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A 2600K

The chip is unlocked and has loads of overclocking potential that the 2600 doesn't. Also going by Amazon prices there's only a $20 buck difference between the 2, so yeah, a 2600K is the obvious better choice.... even if you don't overclock.

If I didn't have my current i7-950 system I'd be all over that 2600K

My two cents.
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21 May 2011   #40
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
A 2600K

The chip is unlocked and has loads of overclocking potential that the 2600 doesn't. Also going by Amazon prices there's only a $20 buck difference between the 2, so yeah, a 2600K is the obvious better choice.... even if you don't overclock.

If I didn't have my current i7-950 system I'd be all over that 2600K

My two cents.
I see, well, then that's the processor I'll buy.
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