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Originally Posted by articleDespite being a DirectX 9 title, Arma II is very demanding, and even with a super-high-end card such as the Lightning XE, we only saw a minimum frame rate of 29fps at 2,560 x 1,600 with 4x AA. This was still an improvement of over 10 per cent over a standard GTX 580 1.5GB - given that the overclock alone is between 3-8 per cent, it looks as if the extra video memory has helped with this game. In fact, it was fast enough to outpace a dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990 4GB with its Antilles Unlocking Switch active.
Originally Posted by lga45Wow thanks for the review. Timing couldnt have been more perfect, I was in the market for a 580 and went shopping this afternoon (in Singapore) - found these on the shelves out here for only GBP29 more than the standard 580, so I picked one up not knowing anything about it. Jeez I hadnt even heard of it till I saw it on the shelf, and I spent several weeks researching what card to buy. Now suddenly, all the reviews are out. It must be brand new huh?
Given that its total price here is only GBP 415, I think it's much better value for the performance on offer. I have a new 30" ultrasharp arriving tomorrow; cant wait to put it through its paces. I think I'll go for a medium overclock though - yours sounds too extreme :))) I'm not going to be LN2ing however, or water cooling it - that's never been my thing.
The 590 or 2x580 SLIs were my other choices, but I was worried about dodgy drivers, as you indicate could be a future issue. Tempted though I still am, 2 of these bad boys would cost me the same as my entire ultrasharp however, and they'll be obsolete in a year no doubt.
Still I'm totally excited about my first foray into the world of 30" gaming, and (for the price I paid), it seems like the perfect card to get started with.
Originally Posted by facwitIm off to Singapore soon. Is it cheaper than the UK for cards?
Originally Posted by Action_ParsnipIs it not time now boys to drop Black Ops? I mean really look at the numbers on that 2560x1600 chart, slowest card gets 33fps min? :P
Originally Posted by JCBeastieYou didn't show off the colour changing fans!
Originally Posted by BazQuote:Originally Posted by Action_ParsnipIs it not time now boys to drop Black Ops? I mean really look at the numbers on that 2560x1600 chart, slowest card gets 33fps min? :P
We'll be switching to a whole new array of graphics benchmarks, with new games, for the next round of launches. Doing so right now, with no new architectures on the horizon, would mean a whole load of extra testing for not a lot of extra info.
Oddly enough, the Black Ops pages usually do the best traffic in these reviews, so some people must be interested :)
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