Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Nashat in Bangladesh wanting to know which GPU he should get for gaming at 1366x768.
Q: I am gonna play games at 1366*768 resolution in 19'' screen.
1.MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition
2.GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 550
3.Sapphire Radeon HD 7770
I want to play at highest settings. Which one would be good plz suggest ASAP im dying to buy ! tnx in advance.
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Ask the Experts: I have a new Samsung S23A750D, 120Hz-capable monitor and now need a new GPU, suggestions?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Daniel in Spain wanting to upgrade his GPU to accomodate his new Samsung S23A750D, 1080p 120Hz-capable monitor.
Q: I just bought a new monitor (Samsung S23A750D) and I want to upgrade my graphic card.
- Samsung S23A750D
- AsRock Z77 Extreme4
- Intel I5 2500k @4,5Ghz
- 16GB of DDR3 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws CL9
- Palit GTX 470
- CoolerMaster GX 750w
What card should i get? (cost ~650$)
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Ask the Experts: What's the best GPU I can buy for under $200 that can play most games at decent settings?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Ronald in the US wanting to know which GPU is the best one suited to playing most games at decent settings, but priced under $200.
Q: What's a GPU (costs under $200) that can play any games on the market at decently high settings?
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with someone going by the name 'Dude' based in Australia wanting to know which GPU would be the best for gaming at 1600x900.
Q: I have a question, What is the best GPU for my 1600x900 resolution monitor?
I will use it mostly for gaming and video editing in the future. And i want decent amount of FPS while playing BF3 on single player about 45-50fps is ok on me! :)
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Ask the Experts: Should I SLI my current GeForce GTX 660 or upgrade to a faster GPU and SLI that in the future?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Reece in the US wants to know if he should upgrade his GTX 660 setup to SLI, or buy a single, faster GPU and go SLI in the future.
Q: Would it be better to SLI my GTX 660 or sell it and buy a 7970 or GTX 670 and possibly Xfire/SLI that in the future?
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Scott in the US who has just upgraded his system and would like to know which GPU to buy.
Q: So I just upgraded from a E8400 and 4 gigs of DDR2 ram to a i5-3570k and 16 gigs of DDR3-1600 ram and a new ASUS VS Series VS247H-P. I'm keeping the SSD and 550W power supply that I have in my case, but I'm thinking that I will need to upgrade my video card to maximize my rig's gaming potential. I'm a medical student on a poor-man's budget, so would it be worth upgrading from a EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi? If so, what should I get?
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Shah in Indonesia wanting to know if a GeForce GTX 670 is powerful enough to drive a 2560x1440 monitor for games.
Q: Is a GeForce GTX 670 enough for a good gaming experience at 2560x1440 or do I need to step up to a Radeon HD 7970 or higher?
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Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with James over in the UK wanting to know what sort of GPU setup he should go for in his Simulation Racing setup on his 5760x1080 @ 120Hz monitor setup.
Q: I'd like to be able to run 3 monitors at 5760x1080 and 120Hz for sim racing, but I can't work out what combination of gfx cards I will need to power this. As well as whether I will need any further adapters and If so what. Can you suggest a setup? I have no major brand preference and it would be on an I7 3820 and Asus P9X79 machine, although that can be changed if required.
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Ask the Experts: I currently use an AMD Radeon GPU, am I denying myself a better experience by not switching to NVIDIA?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Owen in the US wanting to know if upgrading from his AMD Radeon-based GPU to an NVIDIA GeForce GPU would give him a better gaming experience.
Q: I've been on the ATI/AMD side of the Graphics card battle for eight years. I now have the time to play games, >240 of every variety, for about three to four hours a day. Am I denying myself a better experience by not trying/switching to Nvidia?
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We haven't heard much about the upcoming GeForce GTX 780 GPU from NVIDIA, but Semi Accurate talked about it in a post a little over two weeks ago, which I seem to have missed until now.
SA talks about the GTX 780 being delayed because NVIDIA are held back with the power and size of the new GPU, and they're also waiting on having more GPUs in the good bin, building up numbers before offering them to consumers. You can read more on it here.
Next year is going to be interesting, with the ever-increasing power of mobile solutions, and next-generation consoles. Are the days of super huge, super hot, super powerful GPUs over? Will we need GPUs that are 30x as fast as todays solutions, in five years time? Development of games is all done on consoles now as the target system, meaning that all of that 200GB/sec (or more!) bandwidth on your GPU is mostly wasted, or at the least, not used anywhere near as much as it should.
Ask the Experts: I want to upgrade my Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 470s and run 5760x1080 - what should I buy?
Our Ask the Experts section has a question, with Justin in the US wanting to upgrade his Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 470 + 5760x1080 setup to something faster.
Q: I have Tri-SLI GTX 470s and game at 5760x1080. What would be the best upgrade. I don't care about AMD vs NVIDIA, whatever is better I'll run.
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Our Ask the Experts section has a question, with Shaun in the US wanting to upgrade his Radeon HD 6870 to an NVIDIA product for his 3-screen setup.
Q: I currently have an HD6870 running three 1080p monitors. I love the Eyefinity feature, but after installing windows 8, the video drivers crashes periodically. What nVidia product could I switch to that can drive 3 monitors? Possibly with a bit of a performance boost.
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Our Ask the Experts section has a question, this time from Russell in the UK who wants to know which GPU to upgrade to from his existing GeForce GTX 480.
Q: I have a KFA GTX 480 Anarchy GPU. This card is faster than the reference 480 cards. My motherboard is a Sabertooth X58. My psu is a Corsair HX750
I would like to know what would be a good replacement GPU that will allow me to either get better results from 1 or 2 cards. I can't afford 2 GPUs straight off so my budget would be around £350 tops.
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Ask the Experts: Which GPU should I get? An AMD Radeon HD 7770, HD6850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 for FPS gaming?
Our Ask the Experts section has a question, this time from Rudolf in the US who wants to know which GPU to buy.
Q: I'm a new person to the world of gaming, and I wanted to buy a pc because i wanna play games like SC2, BF3, Skyrim, Fallout, maybe COD, and another bunch of games. I know which processor and components to choose, question is which Graphics card shall i choose? I was looking maybe for a HD7770 or a HD6850 or a GTX650. Also i wanna know which model (brand)?
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The thrifty among our readers will be happy to hear that the AMD Radeon HD 7850 has seen another price cut, bringing the retail price for the 2GB version down to $189. Along with that cut, the rest of the product line continues to trend downwards as the series ages, the process matures, and competition heats up between AMD and NVIDIA.
Anandtech has produced the nice chart you see above. The chart shows how the prices of AMD's offerings have declined continually since launch by comparing launch price, spring MSRP, late summer MSRP, and fall retail price. AMD has changed from quoting MSRP to quoting retail price as that usually is $10 lower than MSRP.
While the prices on the HD 7000 series started out really high, as of late they've become extremely reasonable due to the continual price cuts that AMD has been implementing. With the HD 8000 series due out early next year, prices will likely continue to fall on the HD 7000 series, though probably not until the holidays or just past.
NVIDIA have pushed forward something called the Green Light program, which is a certification process that is designed to ensure that GPUs meet specific requirements, reports the Bright Side of News.
The Green Light program requires vendors to send in their board designs to NVIDIA, where they wait for their approval from the GPU maker. NVIDIA will check that the design meets their noise, power, voltage and heat numbers - and if it meets them, the card is approved. If not, it is declined and they'll have to resubmit.
What happens if a partner doesn't submit their card for approval? Well, they can have their GPU warranty and BIOS support removed, or worse - they could have their allocation of GPUs from NVIDIA cut down, or stopped completely.
Well, it appears as though AMD are looking to launch their next-gen high-end GPUs as soon as early-2013 with some out of this world naming. The top end cards will arrive as the Radeon HD 8970 and HD 8950 with codenames of Venus XT and Venus Pro, respectively.
These cards will sport no less than 5.1 billion transistors, include 3GB of RAM and sport a 384-bit memory bus. There's no bandwidth numbers just yet, but they should be pushing out some serious digits - those 5.1 billion transistors are going to be cranking along very nicely. KitGuru are reporting that we should see the Radeon HD 8970 unveiled at CeBIT in March, with a full launch at Computex a few months later in June.
The new GPUs are ahead of schedule, giving AMD some power to release a product if NVIDIA comes out with a surprise between now and then. You can also see on the chart above that there's a dual-GPU teased, the Radeon HD 8990 - now that will be a monster if I've ever seen one. We're talking 10.2 billion transistors worth of GPU goodness right there, enough to get the pants rising on any enthusiast.
Ask the Experts: Should I upgrade my GeForce GTX 460 SLI setup to a single, faster GPU on my 1080p setup?
Our Ask the Experts section has a question, this time from Woody in Israel.
Q: Should I upgrade my GTX 460 SLI (1GB each) cards to a newer gen card?
I overclock both cards constantly to 100MHz higher than stock to gain a bit more performance in newer games. I'd obviously like better performance! But I haven't seen any benching of my cards versus newer ones. That's to be expected, and I can compare to 560s or something anyway. But I don't have a definite idea of what's best to choose.
I run a 1080p monitor, and have an i7 920 @ 2.67GHz.
Any help would be great!
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Here I was thinking we wouldn't see much toward this time of the year on the GPU landscape, but AMD are already close enough to the launch of their Radeon HD 8800 series with sources now leaking out some information on silicon that is codenamed "Oland".
Oland is built on the same 28nm process, throwing in 3.4 billion transistors onto a die-area of around 270 mm². If the news is solid, we're looking at the Radeon HD 8870 "Oland XT" outperforming its predecessor, the HD 7870 in both performance per watt, and cost-performance ratios.
If the chart is right, the HD 8870 could begin offering performance close to that of today's high-end offerings, which would really shake up the market. The HD 8870 clocks in at 1050MHz, with 1100MHz PowerTune Boost frequency, with its little brother the HD 8850 clocked at 925MHz with 975MHz boost frequency. Both SKUs have memory clocking in at 6GHz, providing an insane 192GB/s of memory bandwidth - even at a proposed $199 price for the HD 8850.
Ask the Experts: Should I buy a gaming notebook, or desktop to plug up to my Full HD projector setup?
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, this time from Parichya in India.
Q: I just have a little query here , supposing i had the option to buy either an Alienware M17x R4 (NVIDIA GT 680), or make my own desktop with similar GPU, which option will be more beneficial ( keeping the electricity consumption in mind ) ? and, assuming that i use the Laptop as a CPU only (using external FullHD projectors, audio systems etc ) .
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