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Windows 7: Graphics card and monitor resolution ?

17 Mar 2013   #1

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Graphics card and monitor resolution ?


I have a Nvidia GTX 580 GPU

I have just bought a Dell UltraSharp U2713HM - running a resolution at 2560*1440.I know it's not a gaming screen, but I still manage to run games pretty well.

But I'm thinking. If I get a better GPU will that make the games run even better at 2560*1440 ?


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17 Mar 2013   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Yes. In general a larger, more powerful graphics card will run games better at higher resolution. It can get much more complicated than that, but in general, this is the deal.

For best advice about what to expect in higher performance from any particular card over your 580 (which is no slouch by the way) you could ask here, or better, over in the Gaming forum where all the graphics-heads hang out. They start talking about Frame Rates and Cuda Cores and I just glaze over!

For instance, when you compare your 580 to my 660 you can see that in some categories your card is better:
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17 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

The 580 was the high-end card of its generation. The GTX680 is more powerful, but not a lot more.

You could add a second 580 in SLI, but you may have to upgrade the PSU for that.

Alternatives: dual-GPU single cards (GTX 690, Radeon HD 7990), or a GTX Titan. These are all $1000+ options, though.
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