JustAnEngineer wrote:Radeon HD7950 seems to be out of stock at the usual places, or I would recommend it as a very good performer at 1080p.
southrncomfortjm wrote:I'm thinking I can get away with another 7850 at $110 for now and see how things develop. I like the idea of getting a new solid mid-range card, but I also don't feel like I need anything other than a 7850 at the moment. I guess I can also crossfire them if I decide to pull the 7850 back out of the HTPC. Not a huge fan of using two graphics cards, but two 7850s should give me R9 280x or better performance if the game supports crossfire.
auxy wrote:For pennies more you can pick up a 7870, which should do nicely in 1080p. I've seen them going for as little as $130 lately (after rebate.)
I wouldn't crossfire any pre-R9 290 card; lack of DX9 support in the frame pacing is a dealbreaker imo.
By the way, contrary to what seems to be becoming conventional "wisdom" on forums these days, the resolution at which you play has relatively little impact on the video memory required compared to the games which you are playing. That is, which game you are playing matters much more than your choice of resolution; game assets (textures, models, etc) take up the bulk of your VRAM.
2GB is plenty of video RAM for anything out at this time, but it may become a bottleneck in a year or two as developers take advantage of the big shared memory pools on the Xbone and PS4 (and by that point it's likely you'll want/need a faster GPU anyway.)
southrncomfortjim wrote:I keep forgetting about that frame pacing issue. Will have to keep an eye on it.
Interesting that resolution isn't that big of an issue in the amount of VRAM you use. I figure higher resolutions mean more detailed textures which would use more vram.
More I read, more I'm leaning towards a cheap stopgap for now while I save a bit more and be ready to get a solid GTX 8XX or next gen Radeon OR a current gen card at half the price.
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