I have a 6870 and it runs most games on their highest setting with some slight tweaking here and there. Granted, almost all of those games are well over a year old and sometimes older and I haven't really tried any current games with it...
You know what, now I'm curious. I'm going to try out some demos of current games, see how they far and then report back.
I am currently using the 6950, MSI Windforce version I think.
It runs most games out there really, really well. I haven't found a game it cannot run on high or max on a 1920x1200 resolution. THe only thing it suffers from, is that AA is a bit demanding, but I am happy with the way it is. It stays cool as well, it is basically an upgraded version of my old 4870x2, which was like an airplane in my room. If I am going to upgrade something in the future, it would be my old processor, i7 920.
SAPPHIRE 6850 right now. Waiting to upgrade after the final specs for next gen consoles are released. Probably going to just jump to the 700 line when it drops, since I bought the 6850 as a quick fix anyways.
Using a 1600x900 monitor means I can get totally playable fps (40+) on medium-high with some some stuff knocked back a bit, so jumping a series will (likely) give huge dividends but is probably a little overkill for my low resolution. I'd rather beef the system up before getting a monitor that I would only have need for the extra space for gaming... then again, having two monitors would be quite useful. Now I'm rambling so... yeah.
I'm running a single first generation DX11 high end gfx card - a Radeon 5870 HD. Done me a more than solid service thus far. Not gonna upgrade my PC for a couple of years, unless some component shits a brick.
The PS4 will have my high end gaming needs covered for awhile. Looking forward to playing competitive online games in a closed environment again. Had my fill of cheaters and hack-u-sations and that general atmosphere of distrust prevalent in the PC gaming community.
About 3 years from now, I'll build a new PC from the ground up. That's going to be a first.
It kinda sucks, random framedrops in pretty much every game. Well, the newer DirectX 11 stuff runs okay, but the older DX10 and 9 stuff, whew- like a fart in a bottle. My old GTX460 was superior to this thing in a lot of ways. Not quite enough horsepower for a game like Farcry 3 though.
I have a Vostro 3450 Laptop with two cards I can switch between:
- Intel HD Graphics chipset
- Radeon 6630 HD (Mobile version)
Unfortunately, the Vostro 3450 requires a BIOS update to fully utilize the Radeon card at all- and even then it becomes very unreliable in another way.
As far as I can tell, Its drivers suck- real bad. So badly- they outright fail/crash on a pretty regular basis when in use, sometimes going so far as to blue-screen the whole system. -_- (And they can't be updated any further- so I have already exhausted my options for fixing them. >:( )
Its really weird too, cause there are a few rare demanding games that the drivers never fail with, mostly unreal engine games such as Smite and Hawken. Outside of those, with more demanding games fullscreened, it can take less than an hour to fail. Windowed, it can last up to 3 hours tops.
So I use the Intel HD card a LOT more often- and it honestly isn't as bad as you'd think. :P
Currently on a 660 which seems to run everything nicely maxed out (i bet i will have alot of trouble with crysis 3 though) so I dont plan on changing for quite a while. As people have said hopefully when Titan comes out the 670/680 gets a reduction
I just built a new PC and I went with a GTX 660. It seems to be the sweet spot between performance and cost. The Radeon 7850 and 7870 seem like solid choices as well, but I've liked my Nvidia cards in the past so I thought I'd stick with what I know.
I have the radeon 6950 that i bought maybe a year or 2 ago for my new PC build, but never got around to it. Actually didnt even put it in my current PC until a few months ago. Im going to rebuild soon, but not playing anything that is struggling at max frames/ 1080p resolution. Except Metro2033, and Witcher 2.
Nvidia 580 3gb. Play on a single Sony fw900 monitor which is a high end wide screen CRT. I play in 2304X1440 resolution and most games will run with all video options maxed at 40 fps or higher. Since I only have a single monitor the 3gb might be over kill in the RAM department, but I wanted to future proof my rig some. My CPU is getting old, it's a i7 quad core 2.6ghz, and I have 6gb system RAM.This 580 was an upgrade from HD4850. Most radical upgrade I have ever done. Night and day as far as running games. I had to compromise all my games under the 4850, this 580 runs PC games like they were meant to be!
580 and it's been pretty reliable with current gen games on my 1680x1050. I can get most games looking real nice (with only a few things not turned all the way up) and running generally around 50-60fps with little to no fuss.
I imagine in about a year from now I'll need to upgrade, possibly sooner with new consoles on the horizon and the general standards for graphics going increasing with them.
I bought the 580 back when it was still the beefiest single-gpu card you could get and I'll likely do the same with my next card. With Nvidia releasing both the 690 and the Titan in the last few months, I imagine we are not that far off from seeing the first 700 series cards drop so by the time I'm ready to upgrade again it's likely my next card will be a 780.
Rockin' a 660 Ti right now, which is generally pretty great at 1080p. When I upgrade to a 2560x1440/1600 monitor in the near-ish future, definitely gonna beef up a bit in that area.
Also, I don't like how polls don't just tell you the top choice right up front now. Reading percentages is fine for a poll with 3 or so choices, but much more than that and it's kind of annoying.
GTX 570 classified evga
Handles pretty much everything nice and easily until i hit the massive massive 16xcqaa bullshit. and even that is easily achievable by steam big picture mode, disabling the AA and then downsampling the resolution for the games.
GTX 560 (Not the TI. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten that one.) and it seems to run just about everything fine, so long as I don't blast the AA and tessellation up. I'll probably upgrade to a 670 or thereabouts whenever I get around to upgrading to a 30" monitor with a resolution higher than 1080p, but the 560 is plenty for a while yet.
gtx 560ti have to drop AA+shadows mostly and have it high+full so games like the witcher2 look amazing and run smooth,been looking at 660 or 660ti for when the witcher3 comes out or a hd 7850 but not sure how AMD cards perform on Intel hardware would go for a 660ti but they are so fucking expensive at the moment for that card range
I got a 670 slightly overclocked to 1150mhz. I can max out pretty much anything I want at 2048x1152. Was originally thinking of getting a 680, but I got this card for $280 AR and overclocked it's almost as good as a 680 anyway.
The 670 is the one I'm currently eyeballin'. Where'd you get so cheap for? Best I can find is around $350 -_-;;
It's a reference model from PNY that I got off of amazon. This was like 2 days after Christmas, which may explain why it was so cheap.
I run triple GTX 670s (the superclocked 4gb version -- not because of the overclocking, but the double VRAM). I play games almost entirely at 2560x1600 with everything maxed out and rarely run into situations where I can't maintain well above 60fps (and if that happens, it's usually shitty optimization, like the PC version of NFS: Most Wanted).
For most people who are not a little nuts and impulsive like I am, I would suggest they go for a single 670 or 680 and save the $1,000 for the other two cards and put it toward a brand new system another two years down the road.
Have you tried Crysis 3 yet?
I have a 570 in the PC I built last May. Runs great. I game at 1920x1080, but I turn almost everything else in games off. No AA, hate motion blur, anisotropic filtering to the lowest (x2 usually), and no VSync. Been able to run everything at my own "max" at ~60fps. Haven't played The Witcher 2 (though I own it), but I'm sure I can manage with this card a little while longer.
I'll probably upgrade next year if things get crazy on PC with the new consoles out and give this one to my brother who plays on a smaller monitor (1680x1050) and it should last quite some time since he usually runs medium settings.