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What's the best PC graphics Card?
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Posted 12/11/12 , edited 12/12/12
I'm rocking a GTX 690 right now, and I can tell you it kicks some serious ass. It screams through any game out there.

The issue I've been having with it so far though, is a lack of good drivers for games like Shogun 2, but that's not really a main issue as I'll explain below.

Honestly, because most games now-a-days are still being developed for 32 bit systems that don't allow you to make full use of your multi core CPU's, I'd suggest staying with a 680, or SLIing some 670's.

The reason I state the above was that I was rocking every single game I've ever played, with max settings on everything, on my 55inch LED, and yet still getting sub-par frame rates with a GTX590. I thought, "Hell, I'll just throw money at the problem," and picked up a GTX 690 for $1100 CAN. Suffice it to say I noticed almost no improvement, just better optimization.

Further research lead me to understand that although GPU's are by far the most important piece of kit for the PC gamer, when you get to the really top of the line type GPU's, you've already surpased what the dev teams are making games for.

To bring back the Shogun 2 example, rocking an i7-2700k (overclocked to 5.5Ghz), with 32Gb of Ram, and my GTX 690, I was still getting frame rates of barely 20fps during some of the large scale battles (using Darthmod by the way). Turns out, after some research, that I would actually get better performance out of the damn game if I had an ancient SINGLE core CPU that I could somehow overclock to the same Ghz.

In Summery:

Buy a good card, but only the 3rd or 4th from the top (Unlesss your like me, and want to own one for the Lulz).
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