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What GPU should I buy $500 or under?
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7771 posts
I'm running dual monitors, might be adding another, primarily for work but wouldn't mind the option of running games well if I feel like it.

Not super worried about keeping the cost down, but won't buy a 690.

Should I just get a 670 or something or should I be waiting for the 660?

Not super up on current gaming cards so would appreciate any direction

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11:25am 23/07/12 Permalink
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infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19004 posts
i tell the ATO my GPU is for work too. i am over paying $500 for vid cards when the last generation one does virtually the same thing. i just bought a 560 for $179, works sweet for bf3.
11:36am 23/07/12 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3495 posts

i would just wait for the 660ti. comes out next month apparently.
11:40am 23/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5825 posts
670 is a pretty beefy card, but you know what always performs well for it's price? x60's. Still should support the three monitors on a single card and so on. If you've got an ok mobo, then if you get a little power hungry in 12 months time buying a second for SLi won't be hard.

Although i'm over SLi myself, too much worries about heat. Although i think that's because 470's run a bit hot.
11:54am 23/07/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7184 posts
nVidia 570's are still going quite strong against current marketed games, I've got one and am contemplating a second for 3 monitor support. I've thrown everything at it so far and it works exceptionally well, especially in ARMA 2.
11:56am 23/07/12 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
12888 posts
i would just wait for the 660ti. comes out next month apparently.


The problem with that, is that when it comes out you may as well wait until the next thing comes out. Repeat x 10.
12:00pm 23/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5006 posts
i would recommend 670 power for cash is well worth it. and i paid $479 for mine so its under $500
12:01pm 23/07/12 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7772 posts
Yeah it's an i5-2500k, 256GB SSD, 16GB on a decent mainboard (can't remember exactly what it is now)
12:10pm 23/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5007 posts
would defintely get 670 then, i am running mine on on old Quad core and its great!
12:16pm 23/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9634 posts
I will not be buying an NVIDIA card until they do something about GPU Scaling. Their implementation is broken.

I'm considering this ATI card for my next machine.
12:38pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9733 posts
For ~$340 I'd go 7870
For ~$450 the GTX670
Depends if you need the $110 for something else.

The ATI is potentially slightly better for multiscreen large 2D workspaces because of the larger memory pool. 2GB vs 1.5BG.
The Nvidia might have better pretties in games that have Physx.

And in part recommending a card depends on the resolution of the monitors (virtual desktop) as well. If you are playing on a 1080p 24". I don't think it really matters that much. If you are playing on a 27" 2560 x 1440 ... Then even a 670 might struggle in a new game with everything on full.

And to a certain degree, what you are playing, Quake (1) plays well on anything, except an S3.

As an aside. In case someone says go a sli or crossfire.
I have crossfired 6950s ... And while most of the time xfire support is good, they can take their time supporting certain games, and usually it requires fullscreen mode most of the time(true for SLI as well). (i.e. I partially regret going crossfire now).
I am tempted to get a gtx670... Must control urges ...
01:17pm 23/07/12 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3497 posts
The problem with that, is that when it comes out you may as well wait until the next thing comes out. Repeat x 10.


i guess that would be true if new video cards came out every 8days.
02:40pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7219 posts
The ATI is potentially slightly better for multiscreen large 2D workspaces because of the larger memory pool. 2GB vs 1.5BG.


LOL, what?
2 monitors @ 1920x1280, triple buffered are barely going to break 0.5GB.

You don't even need to concern yourself with multiple viewports, because only FireGL and Quadro support them. And you're talking 2D.
Wouldn't you care more about the RAMDAC here, being the limited factor?
02:49pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Mantra
Crusty old man
Brisbane, Queensland
3072 posts
Quake (1) plays well on anything, except an S3.


I chuckled...
03:23pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7220 posts
S3 would still be quicker than Intel HD4000 :P

If you're using an S3, just put it on software rendering. Software rendering, timedemo1 on a Core i7 3770. What do you reckon, 20,000fps?
04:11pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20283 posts
S3 would still be quicker than Intel HD4000 :P

If you're using an S3, just put it on software rendering. Software rendering, timedemo1 on a Core i7 3770. What do you reckon, 20,000fps?

There's a good chance I probably still have a 2 or 4 meg s3 virge/trio video card. I know for sure I have a 3dfx voodoo 2.
06:07pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7224 posts
Hey, I have a 4MB PCI Diamond Viper V330 - an nVidia Riva (NV3) card.

Don't think I have any PCI slots to test it in though... or Windows 7 drivers ;P
07:18pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Germany
2065 posts
search back a few pages for video cards in my thread
07:58pm 23/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9639 posts
I think I've still got my 16MB Voodoo 2 card somewhere as well.

We should have a LAN and SLI our cards to get the maximum frames possible Whoop.
08:07pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9735 posts
16MB ? I thought they were 12MB tops ... given I paid $1500 for my SLI rig at the time (or about 3 weeks pay) I hope I am right
09:20pm 23/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9644 posts
I thought it was 16MB but I could be wrong.
09:24pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7226 posts
Nope, Voodoo 2s came as 8MB and 12MB.
09:26pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20286 posts
I think I've still got my 16MB Voodoo 2 card somewhere as well.

We should have a LAN and SLI our cards to get the maximum frames possible Whoop.

Unfortunately 8mb was all I could afford.
09:26pm 23/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3363 posts
http://darwin-3dfx.sourceforge.net/voodoo2.pdf

Page 8:

2, 4, 8, or 16 MBytes of SGRAM* or SDRAM* texture memory
09:28pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9738 posts
I think you will find 16MB was possible in specs, but in reality never existed.
8 and 12MB were it. Banshee came out in 16MB, but a banshee was not a voodoo2.
09:38pm 23/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5008 posts
i had Diamond Banshee god i loved that card :)
09:42pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20287 posts
689 frames in 0.7 seconds: 982.9fps
09:43pm 23/07/12 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7774 posts
Ordered this:
Leadtek GTX670 2G DVI HDMI

Talk me out of it
10:12pm 23/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5830 posts
No. I will not, i'll just be a slight bit jealous that my 2x470's run too well to justify replacing. Otherwise i would have made the same choice :P
10:13pm 23/07/12 Permalink
RUSTA
Brisbane, Queensland
299 posts
+1 for a GTX670
10:23pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Germany
2069 posts
Should look at this

I would wait until next year for the new kelper line like this will be cheap as chips by then.
10:30pm 23/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5010 posts
Rdizz i am confused isnt that is what he buying?? GTX 670 which is kelper
11:09am 24/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9739 posts
Ordered this:
Leadtek GTX670 2G DVI HDMI

Talk me out of i

If you don't get a Windforce Gigabyte you have rocks in your head.
For about $30 you are getting near 680 performance.
06:48pm 24/07/12 Permalink
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