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Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:04 am

Hey guys, long time lurker first time forum poster.

I find myself out of college and working in the real world, and while I have less time to spend on gaming, I appreciate having a good rig when I get to sit down to it. My GTX 580 went kaput, and the manufacturer has weaseled out of fixing it, but that's neither here nor there. My question is this however: what should I get to replace it? The rest of my rig is aging, but still in good condition. I have a i7-940 processor and 12 GB of memory and it seems like I can get some more mileage out of them. However, I've been looking at the less expensive korean monitors and thinking about getting one when I see it for a good price, although I'm not sure its in the cards just yet. Will paying for something in the ballpark of $250 and getting a Gtx 760 or HD 7950 be good enough for this future resolution, or should I 'step up' to something like a 770? I don't mind spending a little bit more, but I wouldn't want to go past that price point. I'll probably wait until after the R9 290x reviews to make an informed decision, but I doubt it will effect the outcome as it looks like it will be out of my price range anyways. Opinions, please.

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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:27 am

Definitely step it up. GTX780 or new AMD's R9 290x soundcard should be good enough for playing next-gen games like CoD:Ghosts at this resolution. Although you still won't be able to play a next-next-gen games with even more revolutionary and life-like graphics like BF4 on its max settings:

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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:34 am

sirsoffrito wrote:My GTX 580 went kaput, and the manufacturer has weaseled out of fixing it


I feel your pain, in fact I have felt your pain at least a dozen times (though luckily it wasn't my own money or cards at stake)

The 280X seems like a great deal. Basically a 7970GE for $300.

The GTX760 seems to be a nasty piece of kit that gives more memory bandwidth for high resolutions, but then has fewer shaders than the outgoing 660Ti which makes it a poor choice for high-resolution gaming. As if that wasn't bad enough the reference cooler sounds awful and the whole affair feels cheap. OEM's own coolers may solve this problem but the silicon itself is still not as good as a 660Ti in more modern, shader-intensive games.

The GTX770 is an all-round excellent piece of kit. It's better than a R9 280X but it's also quite a lot more expensive. There's also the loom of Mantle, and GCN-optimised games coming soon that will leave Nvidia scrabbling for traction.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:45 am

sirsoffrito wrote:should I 'step up' to something like a 770?


For 1440p? Yes. Coming from a 580? Definitely. Anything less is more or less a side-grade, and upcoming games should prove a lot more demanding than we're used to.

However, with some new aggressive competition in this space, you may want to hold off as some price reductions should be right around the corner.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:16 pm

DeadOfKnight wrote:However, with some new aggressive competition in this space, you may want to hold off as some price reductions should be right around the corner.
Chrispy_ wrote:There's (...) the loom of Mantle, and GCN-optimised games coming soon that will leave Nvidia scrabbling for traction.
I echo these words. Now is not a good time to buy a GPU. I know you might 'need' something "right now", but I strongly advise you to hold off. If you really have to, maybe pick up a cheap Fermi card on Ebay or something; I saw some GTX 460s going for $70 the other day. One of those will serve well enough for the short time until the market settles.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:36 am

Go big on this one, 1440p requires substantial bandwidth and a good GPU is unlikely to become obsolete anytime soon. I agree that this isn't the best time to be buying a GPU but if you don't have an adequate backup card already it makes little sense to drop $50-100 for a cheap card in the hopes that maybe you can save $50-100 a few months from now.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:44 am

I am happily gaming on the aforementioned "Korean" ips monitor with a 4.6ghz 2500k and a 6870.. Sure I cant crank everything all the way up but I can still make it look good. These days I don't find myself needing to/wanting to afford to keep up with the newest best graphics, although I can appreciate it. One other thing worth mentioning is that I would MUCH rather play games slightly turned down on my new monitor than maxed out on my old 1080p, don't know if that helps you at all.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:49 am

You want at least a Radeon HD7950 3GB at that resolution. R9-280X/HD7970 is slightly faster but noticeably more expensive. GeForce GTX770 is double the price of the HD7950 for less than 20% more performance.

If you can afford to wait a few more days, the R9-290 (non-X) may make an interesting value proposition.
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Re: Gaming at 1440p

Postposted on Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:57 am

SHOES wrote:I am happily gaming on the aforementioned "Korean" ips monitor with a 4.6ghz 2500k and a 6870.. Sure I cant crank everything all the way up but I can still make it look good. These days I don't find myself needing to/wanting to afford to keep up with the newest best graphics, although I can appreciate it. One other thing worth mentioning is that I would MUCH rather play games slightly turned down on my new monitor than maxed out on my old 1080p, don't know if that helps you at all.


This. Turn off AA and other postprocessing - it halves your framerate at 1440p unless your GPU is up to snuff.
I'd much rather have a fluid high-res image without postprocessing than a low-framerate image with **** blur/glare/dof/other things that take the high-res textures and blur/shakycam them into a low-res mess.
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