Video Card For 1440p?

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#1  Edited By EthanielRain

My 970 isn't cutting it anymore for new releases, figure I'd jump up to 1440p/144hz. Wondering what the best card would be, in terms of a mix of value & performance. Basically, the most bang for your buck.

Was going to order a 2060s but thought I'd ask here first real quick :) Thanks in advance.

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What is the refresh of your screen 60 Hz, 120 Hz, 144Hz?

Nearly, ANY mid-level 2019/20202 graphics card can do 1440p @ 60Hz, so even a RTX 1666 TI or older Radeon. The Radeon RX 5700 XT and RTX 2060 Super are fine for 1440p gaming option at 120Hz or many games at 144Hz. If you want high resolutions, high frame rate and a matching high monitor refresh rate; I think that gets into RTX 2070 territory and the very best RX 5700 XT cards.

Really what matters is what games you play, what monitor you have. Matching refreshes rate to close to you stitch of the monitor helps. Both FreeSync and G-Sync also start to suffer when the framerate isn’t constantly syncing within the monitor’s refresh range. Yes, the ADPATIVE hardware helps but everything is still based on what your computer can output to that screen. If you are shooting for 60 Hz there's no need to the very best video card. If you have a nice monitor that can do 144 Hz than having a rig that can output 1440p @ 150 fps means you no making the monitor adapt down as much. At least that is my understanding.

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My 2070 super can handle things at near max settings at 1440p running at 60fps. My cpu is starting to knock on with an i7 4790K which probably impacts on performance on some games.

I can do a fair number of games at 4k too, but I will have to turn down some settings if I want a more solid 60fps.

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To be honest, a lot of cards are probably capable of it. My 1080 GTX was running a lot of games on max everything at 1440p and getting above 60 FPS. Depends on what you want in terms of frame rate, graphics quality, or if you want a card that can do both.

My 1080 GTX is starting to show its age more. With Control last year, I had to bump multiple settings down. (I may have dropped it to 1080p because I was tired of tweaking stuff, but I can’t remember)

I imagine newer cards are able to handle 1440p well enough (again, depending on what you’re looking for)

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What is the refresh of your screen 60 Hz, 120 Hz, 144Hz?

Nearly, ANY mid-level 2019/20202 graphics card can do 1440p @ 60Hz, so even a RTX 1666 TI or older Radeon. The Radeon RX 5700 XT and RTX 2060 Super are fine for 1440p gaming option at 120Hz or many games at 144Hz. If you want high resolutions, high frame rate and a matching high monitor refresh rate; I think that gets into RTX 2070 territory and the very best RX 5700 XT cards.

Really what matters is what games you play, what monitor you have. Matching refreshes rate to close to you stitch of the monitor helps. Both FreeSync and G-Sync also start to suffer when the framerate isn’t constantly syncing within the monitor’s refresh range. Yes, the ADPATIVE hardware helps but everything is still based on what your computer can output to that screen. If you are shooting for 60 Hz there's no need to the very best video card. If you have a nice monitor that can do 144 Hz than having a rig that can output 1440p @ 150 fps means you no making the monitor adapt down as much. At least that is my understanding.

I am getting a new 144hz monitor with it; I went ahead and bumped it up to a 2070s just to make sure. Thx all

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1080 minimum. I have been using 1440p for 2 years and on my 1070 it wasn't cutting it for most games even at 60fps. Upgraded to a 1080ti and it's a lot better, but 144Hz is asking for a lot. A 1080ti or a 2070 at least. You'll still have to turn down settings in some games.

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Question answered, but I'll just throw this in: Don't envy the 2080 Ti; it's not exactly the silver bullet for turning on all of the things in all of the games, especially those published by Ubisoft.

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I have a 2080 with a 1440p 165hz G-sync monitor and it's great (pinned) for 2 year old titles.
Jedi Fallen Order or Control keeps it at 80-120fps. If you have the budget, do a 2070 Super. That's the sweet spot and will last you awhile. You can always upgrade underneath that.

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#10  Edited By Justin258

@alistercat said:

1080 minimum. I have been using 1440p for 2 years and on my 1070 it wasn't cutting it for most games even at 60fps. Upgraded to a 1080ti and it's a lot better, but 144Hz is asking for a lot. A 1080ti or a 2070 at least. You'll still have to turn down settings in some games.

It should be noted here that you shouldn't expect to reach 1440p144hz at max settings for the most demanding games with any card. The purpose of extremely high refresh rates is to be able to take advantage of 60+ FPS, not to run games at 144FPS all the time at 1440p. Doing that would be kinda crazy.

With that said, I have a 1070ti paired with a Ryzen 7 2700X, 32GB RAM, and a 1440p 165hz monitor and my GPU never skips a beat with pretty much anything. I can't literally max out everything I play, but I haven't come across any games I can't play on at least High settings at 60+ FPS. Subnautica is the only exception I can think of, but that game performs poorly because of unbelievably terrible CPU optimization (which this largely fixes), not because of GPU limitations.

Anyway, I wouldn't recommend buying a 1070ti when 2000 series cards are already over a year old. I'd go for a 2070 instead.

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#11  Edited By aiomon

I just got a 2060 and it works well at max settings 1440p. My roomate also got a 5700XT and it seems to be designed for 1440p. Runs better than mine substantially, at a frame-rate I would consider "ideal".

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I also just went up to a 2060s and I'm pretty happy with it. Generally the only sacrifices in settings I find I have to make is with overly expensive indulgent stuff that at the end of the day BARELY affects what the game actually looks like.

Although if the rest of your system is as dated as a 970 might have been then it might be do a few more pertinent upgrades to get the same results. A good video card can still only lift so much.

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@ethanielrain: I just got a laptop with a 2060. It runs every pretty good. I haven’t been able to try everything at 1440 but I’ve played the outer worlds at 1440 and forza horizon 4 at 4K.