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    Default Best GPU cards for Rift??

    OK, had some Nvidia cards, GTX 2x275s, and my tech friend said to go AMD 2x6900s..(I think he put in 6950s), FPS still sucks, who's got a good GPU set that WORKS well with this crazy game??

    Nvidia 580s? Running out of cash to dump into this stupid game, any help would be greatly appreciated, thnx

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    In most games, dual cards will DECREASE framerate, while allowing the cards to run cooler and quieter at high resolutions/settings.

    Just because it costs more doesn't actually mean it's better for a given situation. SLI/Crossfire is situational. A powerful single-card or single card with dual GPU is going to perform better as far as FPS most of the time. Keep in mind, in a MMO, anything better than 30FPS is going to be very playable. More is certainly better, but anything above 50FPS is just gilding the lily IMO.

    First Person Shooters is another matter...

    Just my learned opinion, many others will rail at it and tell me how stupid I am. Been there, done that, I buy/build what works best for the least money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acuta73 View Post
    In most games, dual cards will DECREASE framerate, while allowing the cards to run cooler and quieter at high resolutions/settings.

    Just because it costs more doesn't actually mean it's better for a given situation. SLI/Crossfire is situational. A powerful single-card or single card with dual GPU is going to perform better as far as FPS most of the time. Keep in mind, in a MMO, anything better than 30FPS is going to be very playable. More is certainly better, but anything above 50FPS is just gilding the lily IMO.

    First Person Shooters is another matter...

    Just my learned opinion, many others will rail at it and tell me how stupid I am. Been there, done that, I buy/build what works best for the least money.
    Thnx for the input, think it would be better to disable Xfire to ramp my fps a bit? Basically want to max all my graphix sliders without taking a dive when I do cluttered PvP like Black Garden, as is maxed out I can dip below 20 fps, average around 30 on Ultra, but after dumping 2,800 upgrading my stupid gaming computer I'm at a loss of what else to dump into it. I put in a better CPU (i7 975, had an i7 920), better GPUs (From Nvidia 275s to AMD 6950s) better cooling system, an SSD, etc...and my frames are the SAME on this dump game.....it's a cruel joke I think, Rift is costing me a fortune lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belpheghor View Post
    OK, had some Nvidia cards, GTX 2x275s, and my tech friend said to go AMD 2x6900s..(I think he put in 6950s), FPS still sucks, who's got a good GPU set that WORKS well with this crazy game??

    Nvidia 580s? Running out of cash to dump into this stupid game, any help would be greatly appreciated, thnx
    I run Dual ATI 5850's in crossfire using 11.4 drivers

    On ultra FPS is 100-110 in world with low's around 60 in sanctum can dip down to 30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arhilion View Post
    I run Dual ATI 5850's in crossfire using 11.4 drivers

    On ultra FPS is 100-110 in world with low's around 60 in sanctum can dip down to 30
    Ultra is not max settings, it doesn't include super sampling which is a good 20 FPS minus and it doesn't max sliders, i don't know what AF ultra uses either, but past 8x there is no noticeable difference.

    Edit: To the op it's not worth trying to find cards that are going to run rift well, the engine is what's holding FPS back unless your system is 2years+ old. Nothing seems to be optimized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Serial Sniper View Post
    Ultra is not max settings, it doesn't include super sampling which is a good 20 FPS minus and it doesn't max sliders, i don't know what AF ultra uses either, but past 8x there is no noticeable difference.

    Edit: To the op it's not worth trying to find cards that are going to run rift well, the engine is what's holding FPS back unless your system is 2years+ old. Nothing seems to be optimized.
    I dont remember the OP asking for what card can run MAX settings. But thanks for trying.

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    I bught a nvidia 460...and it's awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acuta73 View Post
    In most games, dual cards will DECREASE framerate, while allowing the cards to run cooler and quieter at high resolutions/settings.

    Just because it costs more doesn't actually mean it's better for a given situation. SLI/Crossfire is situational. A powerful single-card or single card with dual GPU is going to perform better as far as FPS most of the time. Keep in mind, in a MMO, anything better than 30FPS is going to be very playable. More is certainly better, but anything above 50FPS is just gilding the lily IMO.

    First Person Shooters is another matter...

    Just my learned opinion, many others will rail at it and tell me how stupid I am. Been there, done that, I buy/build what works best for the least money.
    That's the biggest bunch of bull I ever heard. I run 2x gtx 260s and got exactly 2x performance boost in stonefield.

    Make sure your PSU and CPU are maxed and SLI is fine.

    anyone who trash talks SLI just has never done it before

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    I run max sliders with SSAA on 2x 295's with dips into the low 40's during huge rift events. For the most part i stay between 52 and 58. Apparently i'm "cpu bound" with a i7 920 @ 4.1ghz if i lower reso to 1680x1050 or 800x600 i still get the same fps. I find it hard to believe i'm CPU bound though, same **** happened with my 2x 470's that i just replaced with the 295's.

    And yes... running SLI does NOT DECREASE framerate, that is the dumbest thing i have ever read.
    Last edited by Zab; 03-19-2011 at 01:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zab View Post
    I run max sliders with SSAA on 2x 295's with dips into the low 40's during huge rift events. For the most part i stay between 52 and 58. Apparently i'm "cpu bound" with a i7 920 @ 4.1ghz if i lower reso to 1680x1050 or 800x600 i still get the same fps. I find it hard to believe i'm CPU bound though, same **** happened with my 2x 470's that i just replaced with the 295's.

    And yes... running SLI does NOT DECREASE framerate, that is the dumbest thing i have ever read.
    That's because the Gamebryo engine's AF and AA is not optimized and relies heavily on the CPU. Believe it or not, you are CPU bound with Game AF and AA maxed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amariah View Post
    That's because the Gamebryo engine's AF and AA is not optimized and relies heavily on the CPU. Believe it or not, you are CPU bound with Game AF and AA maxed.
    naw lowering those settings to minimum doesn't do anything either.. I get the same fps regardless of where my settings are. It really makes no sense at all. On all low settings i get 63 fps.. so like 4-5 higher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arhilion View Post
    I run Dual ATI 5850's in crossfire using 11.4 drivers

    On ultra FPS is 100-110 in world with low's around 60 in sanctum can dip down to 30
    Sounds like the 11.4 Cat beta drivers may be the key then eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belpheghor View Post
    Sounds like the 11.4 Cat beta drivers may be the key then eh?
    Cant say for sure but they really improved performance on my machine.
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    Turning off projected textures improved my framerate from 10-11 to 30-35 in Meridian....although I may need that for the fire later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belpheghor View Post
    OK, had some Nvidia cards, GTX 2x275s, and my tech friend said to go AMD 2x6900s..(I think he put in 6950s), FPS still sucks, who's got a good GPU set that WORKS well with this crazy game??

    Nvidia 580s? Running out of cash to dump into this stupid game, any help would be greatly appreciated, thnx
    Just FYI, you can flash those to 6970's. The 6950 and 6970 are the exact same cards with different bios. There are guides to do it that can be found at several websites.
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