GTX 650 Ti for 1440p RTS gaming
Sorry for ANOTHER thread asking about GPU performance, but nVidia keeps releasing cheaper cards :) . I originally specced the build with a GTX 670 lol.
AnandTech - The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review, Feat. Gigabyte, Zotac, & EVGA - SKY didn't do SC2 :(
looking at the performance there...is there any reason to believe that the EVGA GTX 650TI SSC won't be able to run SC2 at top settings (no AA though) at a reasonable framerate at 1440P?
I realize [that seemingly] the extreme majority of you are FPS gamers who demand maxed graphics with min FPS. greater than 60FPS. PLEASE keep in mind that SC2 is an RTS game, where 24-30 average FPS is more than reasonable (although staying too close to 24 FPS the whole time is still a bad thing and dipping below that is a very bad thing).
maybe the 2GB version might be more appropriate for 1440p resolutions? I realize that the 7850 is the recommended buy, but I really rather stick with nVidia for this build. thoughts?
NOTE: I also plan on playing the next Dead Space. On my MBP 13" w/ a 320m, I can max out dead space AND keep decent framerates. I'm assuming if SC2 runs fine, then DS3 will be fine as well.
Here is a review with 1920x1200 for SCII
My thoughts are that it would run at 1440p with acceptable FPS (maybe have to turn a setting or 2 down a notch), BUT, its going to be cutting it close an may require replacing sooner than you would like because of the resolution. Personally if you are sticking with Nvidia I would say minimum gtx 660 (non-Ti) for that resolution and primarily SCII. I know its not as cheap as the 650Ti, but at that high of a resolution the 650Ti is cutting things back a bit too much. If you were planning on a 670 then its still a massive savings to go with a 660. As much as the 650Ti may suffice I think its worth the extra few $.
AnandTech - The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review, Feat. Gigabyte, Zotac, & EVGA
It will be fine for Starcraft 2. When I was between GPU's I rocked SC2 on my i5 2500k integrated for about 10 days and it was able to handle 4v4 multiplayer on the lowest settings at a very acceptable frame rate. SC2 isn't very graphically demanding, moreso cpu demanding.
p.s. you should add me to bnet :D I play tons of sc2 but been on a break for xcom. over 7k ladder games on my belt :P
Like others have suggested: the 650Ti will probably run SC2 alright but a 660 or 660Ti would give you that little extra boost especially in those scenes with lots of animations and units. You don't want to drop down below 30 fps in those parts of the game, you won't be able to control your units.
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