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On September 23rd, 2011 in News

Battlefield 3 Nvidia
The Battlefield 3 beta is less than a week away, and graphics card maker Nvidia revealed to us that they plan to release brand new, custom drivers just in time for the Battlefield 3 beta. The new, Battlefield 3-specific GeForce drivers are set to arrive on September 26, a day ahead of the beta release. The drivers will make sure the game (beta) runs smooth with no driver incompatibilities, something which happened with the Bad Company 2 beta last year.

The new drivers will also make sure the beta can take full advantage of Nvidia hardware, with the ability to max out features such as Tesselation. The drivers will also bring better performance across the board on Nvidia GeForce graphics cards.

We dunno if AMD will follow suit with their own set of drivers optimized for Battlefield 3. The beta starts on September 27 for those with early access, and on September 29 for everyone else.


  1. Pugachev Cobra
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I wonder if they’ll even make much of a difference… If so, good.

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    • VineFynn
      September 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 am

      Hopefully they’ll release better drivers for SLI. I’d love to reach 100% scaling on the 450. It was at 85-94% in late 2010.

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  2. Q3id
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Pardon me for a moment but…

    <3 Nvidia.

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    • NvidiaFoLife
      September 23rd, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Suck it AMD!… jk you’re cool.

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  3. Impy
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Good news :D Hopefully this doesn’t mean Battlefield 3 will favor Nvidia GPUs in the end though. I mean, they make great GPUs but the pricing is ridiculous, just because of CUDA, or whatever.

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    • The Hwacha
      September 23rd, 2011 at 6:49 am

      EA and Nvidia felate each other soo bad. I bet ATI graphics will be “underpowered” for BF3. Nothing against Nvidia, but COME ON! Throwing Lan events and putting somebody’s logo on your game doesn’t mean that the customers of the competition should pay more to get the same quality.

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      • Other Brian
        September 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 am

        If you’re a customer of the competition and have to pay more for the same quality, that usually means it’s time to stop being a customer of the competition.

        Hooray free market economics!

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        • The Hwacha
          September 23rd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

          Well in this case it’s either pay more to play BF3 with ATI(the HD6950). Or still pay a lot and get lesser quality than the equivalent of the product you get(the 560). There is nothing free here.

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        • VineFynn
          September 23rd, 2011 at 1:56 pm

          Above is ignorant of economics.

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        • Impy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:16 pm

          You seem to have it backwards. The AMD Cards are the ones that are generally cheaper for about the same amount of power. The Nvidia Cards tend to be priced higher because of CUDA, PhysX or whatever, I don’t even know.

          580 is priced at I believe between 500-600 on most Sites. For that money you can buy 2 6950s, BIOS Flash them to 6970s and run them in CrossFire Mode for nearly double the power. Only downside would be the Drivers tend to suck for a lot of people, but AMD got a new CEO so hopefully that will change now that there’s new Management.

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  4. The MAN!!
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:02 am


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  5. Ham
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:04 am


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  6. xbox gamer
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:19 am

    i dont care. look at the name. i use my pc for school and work., though i dont appreciate DICE giving pc ONLY 64-player games, just because they whined about it.

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    • Ain
      September 23rd, 2011 at 1:22 am

      DICE didn’t give PC 64 players because they whined about it, you moron. They gave PC 64 players because PCs can handle 64 players, consoles on the other hand couldn’t, hence the 24 players, whose fault is it that 360/PS3 are technologically inferior to PCs.

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      • xbox gamer
        September 23rd, 2011 at 1:39 am

        actually, in the conference GameInformer had with dice, dice said it was because the pc gamers complaigned about it. and with bf3 shipping on two discs for xbox, there should be plenty of room to incorperate it.

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        • Jikdor
          September 23rd, 2011 at 1:50 am

          LOL! Are you serius? Ya, they put 64 players in because everyone wanted it and the new engine could handle it, they did not put it on to consoles because thay could not handle it. It has nothing at all to do with how much space they have on the disc, its how much the consoles can handle happening at the same time. My god…

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        • ??
          September 23rd, 2011 at 1:51 am

          You stupid bastard

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        • Shadow|NZ
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:26 am

          lol noob its nothing to do with space in the disc, 360 is incapable of handling 64players hardware restrictions. ur comment made me laugh ;p

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        • Maxbox99
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:33 am

          You are a shame to the console gamers. Please go and never, ever come here again.

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        • [AOD] ۜDeathۜ_FĀŦĘ
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 am

          HAHA this guy has to be trolling. Xbox gamer? He’s just playing devils advocate. Nobody but my roommates dad is that dumb (plays ps3 “becuz it came with the TV”), and he’d never get close to a bf3blog comment thread, let alone write one. 64 players was a core mechanic from day one of developing for battlefield 3. Nobody had to ask for it.


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        • Colt_Gun
          September 23rd, 2011 at 11:20 am

          typical xbox user…. PC>PS3>Xbox isnt just in terms of the PLATFORMS processing power, but the players processing power too.

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        • CalmGamer
          October 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 am

          Actually PC gamers wanted 128 players and complained we couldnt have 256 after DICE said the engine could handle it.

          Consoles are 5&6 years old–they stink. Be happy they could scale it down for you in the first place

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      • The MAN!!
        September 23rd, 2011 at 1:45 am

        wrong!!!due to their “fun zone” and horrible net coding consoles don’t get 64, and another thing is that you pc players represent such a very small dot, you think there would be anyone playing pc anymore since they’ll have WAY less servers,some people just don’t understand how much information is going in and out your modem.

        Will Crysis 1 console have multiplayer,because i want play and see what CRYSIS was about before it became CLUSTERFUCKED 2

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        • Impy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 5:05 am

          “is that you pc players represent such a very small dot”

          I’m sorry, what?

          PS3 Sales: 51.8 Million. Xbox 360 Sales: 55-56 Million. Wii Sales, around 100 Million. Not including Wii, since there is no BF3 for Wii, you have around 106 Million Console Gamers which could potentially buy Battlefield 3. Keeping in mind its way more popular on the Xbox as far as Pre-Orders go (going by VG Chartz which isn’t exactly accurate, but whatever), that’s sub-100 Million Console Gamers, maximum.

          Now, Razer puts PC Gamers at around 300 Million. Assuming 100 Million of those represent Flash/Failbook Gamers, you’re left with 200 Million PC Gamers, and 200 Million Console Gamers, if you want to throw in Wii. Even though not all of those 200 Million remaining PC Gamers will buy Battlefield 3, we PC Gamers in no way “represent such a small dot.”

          You keep going on about Crysis. Who do you think makes Maps for Crysis 2? PC Gamers. on PCs. Rare is the Console Gamer I meet that makes Maps for Games he/she plays, and I know a lot of them.

          I’ve said it to another ass before, but you are not the fucking majority. Get over yourselves. Seriously.

          Far as which Platform will sell the most copies, I doubt EA will release specific numbers. They’ll say “BF3 sold X copies Worldwide” but they most likely won’t say how many on specific Platforms, so too bad, you’ll keep trolling, and I’ll keep laughing you.

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        • Colt_Gun
          September 23rd, 2011 at 11:23 am

          when you are comparing the console pre-orders for selected retailers in america only, with estimated pc preorders from the entire world you start to blow things just a *tiny* bit out of proportion…..

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        • Impy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

          Yeah, it did kind-of end up like that, didn’t it….. I’ll try again -

          BF3 will probably end up being more popular of the Xbox of the 2 Consoles based on VG Chartz’s Pre-Orders. Now yes, while those do reflect only the US Crowd (not even the whole US Crowd probably) it gives some sort of an idea of what to probably expect. But maybe not, maybe they’ll even out when you add in Europe. I’m guessing a lot of Xbox Gamers liked GoW 2, then bought an Xbox to play GoW 3, now they’re getting BF3 too, or idk. Maybe PS3 has a lot of PC Gamers that also own a Console, no idea. Could even be a lot of CoD switch-overs.

          Assuming they don’t even out however, after Game Launch you’re potentially left with around 100 Million Console Players (including PC Players owning Consoles) that could buy the game. Worldwide.

          Then I switched over to Razer’s claims of 300 Million PC Gamers. Subtracting the most likely 100 Million Flash/Failbook Gamers, you’re left with a total Population of 200 Million PC Gamers, and 200 Million Console Gamers once you add in Wii Players too.

          Of course, those numbers do include Wii people that just play Golf or Tennis or use their Wii for Daily Exercise, along with PC Gamers that potentially own a Console for Console-Exclusive Games, and the PC numbers potentially include a few more Flash/Failbook Gamers so I’m not going to say they’re exact numbers. There’s also Gamers that probably own Multiple Consoles, GF bought a Wii, you own a PS3, move in, you use them for Gaming, she uses them for Sports or whatever.

          Yes I didn’t try to estimate PC Sales. Someone else did in another article, subtracting the VG Chartz PS3 and Xbox 360 Pre-Orders from 1.5 Million, was left with I don’t even remember what. Those were, like the Xbox Pre-Orders how, a reflection of US Pre-Orders exclusively. They seemed to be in-between the two Consoles though I think. Could be a reflection of total Worldwide sales, but who knows what will happen once you add the rest of the world in.

          If you do want to go with Math however, there’s (based on Population) a near 50% more chance of a PC version being sold, rather than a Console Version, due to the higher Population of PC Gamers (Wii Gamers automatically excluded since there’s no Battlefield 3 for WIi). Meaning 200 PC Gamers, 100 Console Gamers.

          Of course I can’t account for the interests of nearly 200 Million PC Players, but neither can I account for the interests of the remaining 100+ Million Console Players. So yeah, grain of salt requirement.

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      • ϞKRI||ƩX
        September 23rd, 2011 at 4:01 am

        Well, actually the console being inferior has nothing to do with the amount of players. The console can most definitely handle 64 players, it’s just that Microsoft and Sony don’t feel like paying to run 64 player servers, because it causes too much bandwitdh information to travel back and forth between console and servers. With more players on consoles (overall, not in-game) than on PC, it allows more players to be in one game on the PC, because of the lesser population.

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        • Other Brian
          September 23rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

          I would actually be interested to see from a reliable source if console hardware could process data fast enough to support 64-player modes.

          That’s not a subtle suggestion that they can’t, I’m just genuinely curious. The most I remember seeing is 32, which is still a far cry from 64.

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        • Pugachev Cobra
          September 23rd, 2011 at 1:43 pm

          I seem to remember DICE themselves saying if they included 64 players on consoles they would have to reduce the graphics and take out the vehicles totally. I’m pretty sure it has more to do with the console processing power than the ability of Microsoft and Sony to host an adequate amount of servers.

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        • daniel
          September 24th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

          The consoles actually are completely unable to run 64 players + the VFX / SFX the game needs to be on par with the herd. Battlefield netcode is highly compressed and uses lots of math, plus updating the map and scene with other player data is a massive task. Do position extrapolation is also very time consuming. The consoles can’t do any of this for 64 players, server side, there isn’t much difference between 64 clients and 24 clients.

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        • BlazingNoodles
          September 25th, 2011 at 8:02 am

          I don’t think is just Microsoft and Sony, I feel that the consoles actually can’t handle 64 players. With 64 Players, you have to add the 64 soldiers, the more explosives, vehicles, and shit other players are doing. Plus the fact that to have 64 players and have a good experience with that amount of players you would need the full sized maps, instead of having the scaled down versions.

          PS: I don’t mean to be rude or anything, this is what I think. I could be completely wrong.

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      • EuroScept1C
        September 23rd, 2011 at 6:49 am

        It’s so simple… “You Get what you Pay for”

        If the “Dirty Consoles Gaming Peasants” think we, the Native Members of the “Glorious Gaming Master Race” been fooled, they might need to revise the world’s view. Not surprisingly uncommon, since most of them who wandering around blogs are just kids.

        Cosnole is their first cheap toy, bought by their parents. Afterwards, if they get money and have the opportunity to build a decent PC, they’ll feel. Since then, just ignore the trolls and let ‘em be happy with 30FPS on… FPS Game, Jesus…

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        • MrSprog
          September 23rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm

          Then there are all the adults who are low on cash and can’t afford a gaming pc. Just because someone uses a console doesn’t make them a kid. It means the economy is bad and we dont have extra money to spend on something like a good gaming rig. Generally trolls like you are in the 12-14 age group and are depressed because they cant seem to get a girlfriend. HMMMM, might want to go outside for a bit? Take up another hobby or sport, and enjoy life?

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    • Roshawn
      September 23rd, 2011 at 1:45 am

      listen to the name again pc means play case lol

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      • _Meece_
        September 23rd, 2011 at 3:22 am

        @Goalieguy he said that his whole setup cost $671. These are my specs
        CPU- Phenom II 965 quad-core
        GPU- Radeon 2gb 6950 unlocked to a 6970
        HDD- 1tb
        Mobo- Asus motherboard. $99
        750 watt power supply
        and a 100 dollar case.
        Cost 800 dollars. This computer will run BF3 and for the extra 200 bucks I get PC features like web browsing and other shit. Also the games are a lot cheaper.

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        • Colt_Gun
          September 23rd, 2011 at 11:41 am

          PC also features viruses, complicated install and start-up processes and a single “computer has performed illegal operation” message for everything that could possibly go wrong with it.

          Imagine if all of the speedometer, check engine/oil/water lights, petrol gauge etc on a car were replaced with a single “Vehicle has performed illegal operation” light… That is what a PC is like to the average person.

          What I am saying is that PC may suit the really keen gamers who are willing to sift through all the nonsense that computers are capable of dishing out, but to the Average Joe, or easily frustrated person, consoles are a better alternative because they keep it simple and fair (no advantages because of better graphics across platforms etc). I personally never feel like I’m on a level playing field on a PC, because there will always be someone with a $600 super mouse and keyboard or $2000 rig that has a draw-distance of infinity.. or even a crappy rig that cannot generate smoke, or bushes (giving them an advantage). But that is just MY personal opinion.

          If you like PC, stick with PC. If you like PS3 stick with PS3 and if you like Xbox stick with Xbox… and most importantly DON’T HARASS OTHER PEOPLE OVER THEIR CHOICE.

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    • addictat3d
      September 23rd, 2011 at 1:54 am

      Have you played BF1942, Vietnam, BF2, BF2142? Those original games of the BF franchise HAD 64 players. Typical console kid doesn’t know anything about PC gaming.

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      • Goalieguy
        September 23rd, 2011 at 2:22 am

        cause were not spoiled no-lives that spend around $1000 on a gaming computer that will run bf3, and i think thats the low end…

        please, post below how much your gaming rig cost plus its specs and prove me wrong…

        no bullshitting…

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        • The MAN!!
          September 23rd, 2011 at 2:48 am

          it has very little to do with money,it has to do with the Specs, and pcs are just open cases of consoles, 9 of 10 people that have pcs won’t have the specs to even play bf3 ON THE LOWEST settings,so no pcs are temporary consoles ,like 4 yrs ago when crysis was released, thats the exact reason that Nvidia is working with dice to make their next millionth model.

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        • Counterflak
          September 23rd, 2011 at 2:51 am

          Built one year ago for $671 (Australian Dollars, so please understand if these prices look a bit high from a US point of view)

          AMD Phenom II – $199
          Samsung F3 1TB – $59
          4GB RAM – $85
          Gigabyte MB – $165
          Silverstone 750W – $154 (Should be able to power my next 3 PCs, won’t likely have to replace it until (if) it fails.
          HD4890 (Two year old card at the time of build and second hand, but will still play BC2, no AA don’t really care about smooth lines)
          Case – $100 at time of purchase 5 years ago.

          $1000 for an Intel based build, but CPU performance is negligible in more PC games. This build will play BC2 and BF3 fine.

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        • BF3>MW3
          September 23rd, 2011 at 2:55 am

          I never post comments but had to when I saw your post. You are very ignorant. I have a full-time job and pay for everything, so I’m not spoiled. Heres my set up:
          Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990XA-UD3
          CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
          Graphics:(2-SLI)MSI Twin Frozr N460GTX’s
          Performance: Can run anything i throw at it. Currently playing Bad Company 2 on highest settings.
          This setup cost me $510. How much were Xbox 360′s and PS3′s brand new?(NOT the base models).

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        • Goalieguy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:06 am

          ur GPU may meet the minimum requirements for the beta but its still a big leap short of recommended.

          my point exactly, just the main cpu parts for $671 australian dollars. My whole ps3 setup(includes ps3 160gb, 23.6″ 1080p monitor, extra controller, bluetooth headset, altec lansing sound system with subwoofer, 2 playstation move controllers, one navigation, playstation sharpshooter and 3 games) cost $700…

          all brand new, none second hand.

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        • R/T Rob
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 am

          I think you also have to consider the cost of your home computer on top of your console costs, since a gaming PC is not only for playing games but also has your standard computer features. Not arguing one is better than the other (PC vs. console), just trying to make it an apples to apples comparison.

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        • Goalieguy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:36 am

          Bf3>mw3 u broke the rules, i said no bullshitting, ur twin gpus alone cost over $300

          rob, my home computer is a $100 dell hybrid i bought on black friday.

          my spoiled comment was ignorant and i apologize for that

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        • Maxbox99
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:38 am

          Well considering the fact that everyone has a TV, you can remove it from the console list.

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        • Goalieguy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:11 am

          i did not own a tv prior to owning my playstation, so it should stay on the list.

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        • Goalieguy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 am

          btw maxboy, ur ignorance proves my point of ‘spoiled’

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        • BF3>MW3
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:22 am

          thats why you buy the gpu thru newegg’s open box:)

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        • addictat3d
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:37 am

          Spoiled? Sure it may cost a lot to spend on my computer, is was about $1,500. But hey, when you grow up and get a decent job like the rest of us, you are actually afford nice things such as this. Don’t complain just because people can actually afford a well built PC, that’s obviously your problem. Yeah it’s cheaper to play games on the consoles, but it doesn’t look as good and is stripped down somewhat. Some don’t mind paying a price premium for PC gaming. Oh and you state just because someone who doesn’t game on console is considered a “no-life?” Your immaturity in your comments actually makes you the ignorant one. That’s why people tend to stereotype against console fanboys, they’re usually the young and immature ones.

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        • Impy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 5:37 am

          Minimum GPU Requirements is 8800/35xx or something.

          That, is old. That is I believe the Graphics Settings they’re putting on the Console Versions transported to PC. So once again “The MAN” your statement has been proven to be filled with shit and ignorance.

          Yes, if you want to max out Anti-Aliasing and use full-on DX11 etc. you’ll need a 6950/560. You’ll probably even need more than a 6950, you could need 2 560s in SLi or 2 6950s in CrossFire, but since you said lowest, there, that’s the minimum system requirements.

          Something you’d know if you weren’t such a troll. Or wait, that’s the problem isn’t it? You’re a fucking Console Troll.

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          September 23rd, 2011 at 7:40 am

          in 2005 I spend $1050 on J U S T O N E video card… it was so worth it..

          It made Battlefield 2 ****A W E S O M E****

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        • Maxbox99
          September 23rd, 2011 at 12:17 pm

          I’mfar from spoiled. Of course if I could afford a good PC I would get one. I’m 18, I go to school, I’m saving for a car, and the a drum set, I need money for I do things with my friends, so maybe after that I’ll get my hands on a good PC. I want to go work in the north side of Quebec this summer to make a lot of money for those things. What you must understand is that gaming isn’t everyone’s priority when it comes to money. I’m not saying it is every PC players priority though. Honestly the only thing I like with the consoles is that I put my game in, and I play. Theres also the fact that all my friends are on console. The thing is we all have different tastes, and therefore we make different choice. Console players are not all kids, and they are not all immature. I find it rather ironic when you say console players are the immature ones while I constantly see PC elitists bashing console player and crying because they don’t get what they want. But again, not all the PC players are elitists…

          If my english isnt perfect dont blame it on the fact that I play on console, as you may have understand, I’m a french canadian…

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        • AdamJ
          September 23rd, 2011 at 6:56 pm

          Maxboy you obviously didn’t see the initial comment that started all this, it was made by an immature console player. I don’t know what forums or whatever you’ve been, but it’s mostly the console players being the immature one. One other reason why some people switch to PC gaming, they get tired of the immaturity in console online gaming.

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        • Maxbox99
          September 23rd, 2011 at 9:42 pm

          God damn I know there are a lot of console players that are immature and such. Read my comment, I never said PC players are the immature ones, I said there are PC players that are immature (PC elitists…) Don’t forget that not all the console players are kids, immature, and play CoD. In the end, I agree to say that there are more immature people in the console community unfortunatly…

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        • avalanchefan
          September 23rd, 2011 at 9:56 pm

          Maxbox, this is why I play on console as well, I’m just a bit younger. Of course, I’ll get the beta to try out on my Mobility Radeon HD5650 laptop (on very low settings, just to see how I do with a mouse and keyboard).
          On the console players being children comments, some of my friends (14-17) are PC players and a couple of them are elitists so I wouldn’t extend the whiny children bit to consoles, goes for ANY system.

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        • That Vet
          September 24th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

          First of all, yes it does cost a lot of money,
          but that computer isnt JUST for gaming,

          all my collage work, word programs, documents etc are on here and it likes me surf the internet etc….

          everyone needs a computer for collage,
          a stander computer cost about 400 dollars, which is the price of a xbox/ps3 with controllers, games, etc.

          now a gaming computer cost about 800,
          so assuming that 400 of that is going towards the necessities of running all my programs and collage work,
          that means that you’ll only spending the other 400 towards the gaming portion (the price of a xbox/ps3)

          So your getting a better deal by getting a gaming PC considering it also runs all games better!!

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    • j2tehC
      September 23rd, 2011 at 5:34 am

      Obvious troll is obvious.

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      September 23rd, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Both consoles from a technical standpoint are not powerful enough to have a 64 person multiplayer game in BF3.

      Sure they are fun and play games, but they don’t have the raw grunt to perform such actions.

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    • Other Brian
      September 23rd, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Holy mother of god guys, the battlefield is in the game, not the comments section. Stop arguing and just shoot each other like normal people.

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    • Oh- Excuse me?! EXCUSE ME?!
      September 23rd, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      You are an idiot troll, and one of the prime reasons most console fanboys and their FailBoxes should be put in a space shuttle and fired off onto the Sun.

      Walk away. Just walk away.

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      • Fuzzybumfluff
        September 23rd, 2011 at 5:37 pm

        Maxbox99 well done for a very mature comment.

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  7. urmom
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:24 am

    WOW I just bought a 6950

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    • young_gunnerz
      September 23rd, 2011 at 1:42 am

      It will run like a champ on your card. NVIDIA are just trying to make sure that they dont have issues with the frostbite 2 engine like what happend wit frostbite 1.5 .

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    • Counterflak
      September 23rd, 2011 at 2:53 am

      Don’t worry. If it seem to run a bit slow for your taste you can always get a cheaper second one with Southern Islands (aka AMD 7000 series) comes out.

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    • Hired_Mark
      September 23rd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      I like AMD cards as well, just because of the superior Maths processors, whilst nVidia cards seem to be strictly for games as they spread the work over different dedicated cores. Anyways I hope there is none of that “this game works on cards made by nVidia” crap.
      Then again I looked around the internet and the recommended cards for running the game on ultra are two 580s in SLI. That is pretty steep.

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  8. richy3
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:25 am

    WIll be looking forward to those new drivers for sure, i still hope my 8800gtx will work on bf3 lol. Also, Railworks 3 was released just a moment ago, and im downloading now. :D

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  9. B3AST
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Great news for PC players :D

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  10. radeonftw
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:50 am

    lol just buy a gtx 590, its so cheap.


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    • Gundam
      September 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 am

      the 500 line is just a rehash of the 400 line for the most part, nothing completey new. just like how ATI/AMD’s 6000 line is a rehash of the 5000 line and posabley the 4000 as well.

      btw, I found it funny your name is pro ATI/AMD but your telling someone to get a Nvidea card…

      And I would suggest holding off on buying a new GPU unless you NEED to at this point. with the new GPUs releasing late this year or early next year that is. so if even you don’t want the new ones, the old ones will be much cheaper.

      but, im not gunna lie. I’ve been eyeing a HD6990 for a while… this hd 5750 is just skating by as it is. =O

      say what you will about how loud card is at max fan speed for the HD6990. but most computers are loud when they are not kept cool, hence why the fan is running…

      Nvidea’s and AMD’s new lines are going to be using less power and generating less heat because it will be 1/2 the size of the current gen. or at least AMD’s will. I’ve herd rummors that Nvidea may and or may not go to the 28nm.

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      • Impy
        September 23rd, 2011 at 5:51 am

        Few minor details that need correcting:

        - Won’t be half the size, a bit less than 3/4ths of the GPU size will remain. Skips from 40nm to 28nm, so you lose 12 nm. The size will be about the same overall, since Memory Modules I believe will still be the same size. Yes, the Radeon 6990 will be the biggest card we ever see on the market the way things are going, although GPUs are scheduled to cap in 2015 so idk what comes after that.

        - The Radeon 6990 is indeed a beast, especially if you can Water Block + Water Cool it. You can Overclock it very well, but at this point, if you can hold out, the 7xxx Series is much worth it.

        On a side note, I personally hope new AMD CEO means better Drivers from here on forth.

        - Nvidia WILL go 28nm, they can’t afford not to. AMD’s 7xxx line will make a debut first, beginning end-2011 for low-end cards and early 2012 for high-end, with Nvidia starting around early 2012.

        - Rumors do have it however that AMD might cancel Bulldozer in order to focus more on their 2012 CPUs. Could just be assumptions by people because of the new AMD CEO though. We’ll see.

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    • Impy
      September 23rd, 2011 at 5:43 am

      The 590 is a massive failure.

      Yes, some of the low-end models of both Nvidia’s 5xx and AMD’s 6xxx Series are re-hashes from the previous generation, but the top-end cards are I believe almost all brand-new Tech.

      And yes, if you can wait, then wait for the 6xx/7xxx Series. Boosts of up to 20-50% in Performance, less Heat and Power Consumption as well. The new 28nm Tech is truly amazing. It’ll run even Battlefield 3 a lot smoother. Very much worth the wait, if you can.

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  11. Pc wins
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Why are console players so delusional?

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    • Goalieguy
      September 23rd, 2011 at 2:24 am

      cause we only have to spend $250 to get a kick ass gaming experience…

      anyone who says consoles dont have a kick ass gaming experience are pc spoiled…

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      • BF3>MW3
        September 23rd, 2011 at 3:00 am

        What you dont understand is that games on PC are generally cheaper. There are always deals and sites like where you can get new games for cheap and not to mention Steam sales. So when i spent $510 on my pc, it evened out because im not paying $65 for a new game, or even $30 for a very old game like people pay for console games.

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        • Maxbox99
          September 23rd, 2011 at 3:44 am

          Very old games cost around 10$ on consoles -.- and unless you buy like 15 to 20 games, it really doesnt make a difference. I sell a lot of game when they are still valuable. Ex: Red dead redemption, fable 2, black ops, fallout 3, etc.

          Your argument is invalid.

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        • maxbox99
          September 24th, 2011 at 12:31 am

          Gee people I’m not saying in the end consoles will cost you less… -.- I’m saying his argument about old xbox games costing a lot more is invalid…

          Seriously some here really wanna hate on consoles…

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      • _Meece_
        September 23rd, 2011 at 3:27 am

        I used to be a console gamer, Until my Xbox just stopped working. But I was never as ignorant as you. Please if you know nothing about PC don’t claim stupid shit about it.

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        • Goalieguy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 4:08 am

          since when have i been ignorant? if anyones ignorant here its pc wins. i used to pc game when the radeon 200 was good and i stopped because i dont have the money nor expertise to upgrade it.

          my only argument is that in an economy with borderline 10% unemployment, i game in an economically friendly way.

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      • Gundam
        September 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 am

        I used to play online with my xbox1, but they shut down the service.

        the thing is I looked at the prices and what not and said im not buying a 360 just to have it get replaced and be unable to play my games online, like what happened with xbox1.

        let’s say a 360 is $250 brand new. add in LIVE/gold (whatever it’s called now..) for 12 months thats another $60.

        Xbox360: $250 on MasterCard
        12 month LIVE card: $60 on MasterCard ($310)
        3 Controlers: $120 on MasterCard ($430)
        Red ring of death, buy a new console: $250 on MasterCard ($680)

        Buying a console to save money over a PC and ended up spending even more: Priceless…. or about $250 per dead console…. for everything else there is MasterCard!

        when a cheap $564 PC with onboard gfx that I bought at best buy a long time ago NOT on sale can run everything your xbox can for that price, it’s kinda funny…

        not ripping on consoles, but the excuse of “it’s cheaper” really doesn’t apply…. most people that started when the 360 launched are more than likey on there 2nd or 3rd console by now.

        I prefer to NOT have to use a system that requires dvds/cds/blu-ray or w/e, but that’s just me.

        stats on the 360

        CPU: 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
        Memory: 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz
        GPU: 500 MHz ATI Xenos (it’s on the 90nm process, the new 28nm GPU are coming out soon, current gen for PC is the 48nm I beleave)

        to each his own, if you want a console, go for it. if you want a PC then get a PC! it’s not rocket science….

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        • VineFynn
          September 23rd, 2011 at 5:23 am

          You forgot to mention that the RAM is shared between the gpu and the cpu. Only in the best of times would you get a clear majority of GPU ram over CPU ram or vice versa.

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        • Impy
          September 23rd, 2011 at 5:53 am

          CPUs are on 32nm for Intel and AMD I believe. GPUs are on 40nm, skipping 32 due to creation issues and going straight for 28nm. Intel is planning to get to 28nm with their 2012 Ivy Bridges, and AMD with their 2012 CPU line who’s name I don’t remember.

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  12. That Vet
    September 23rd, 2011 at 1:55 am


    now whats Nvidia….?
    (I’m a noob when it comes to PC hardware)

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    • Pc wins
      September 23rd, 2011 at 1:58 am

      You make me sick

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    • SC4R3CR0W
      September 23rd, 2011 at 2:10 am

      They make graphics cards (general engine in a PC that helps make games run smooth and look pretty). Their primary (and only) rival is AMD. So people with Nvidia cards are getting a subtle advantage. I have a GTX570, so that makes me happier.

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      • That Vet
        September 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        thank you,
        like i said i don’t know much about PC hardware and i just usually buy whatever the best buy guy says can support whichever game i’m planning on getting

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    • ϞKRI||ƩX
      September 23rd, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Lol, I play Xbox and I at least know what Nvidia is…

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    September 23rd, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Classic. I’ve noticed nVidia still hasn’t released a driver since the Alpha. I was in the Alpha and at the time owned an nVidia card. I couldn’t play longer than 5min at a time before it froze. Sometimes it would crash in a matter of seconds. You guys should have see the amount of people having the same problem across the board. The only thing this article tells me is that nVidia is planning on releasing, hopefully, a driver that ACTUALLY works this time around. Luckily I’m rockin dual 6870′s now OCed up the wasoo.

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    • The MAN!!
      September 23rd, 2011 at 2:50 am

      Exactly why no one plays pc anymore.

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      • iRocket
        September 23rd, 2011 at 3:17 am

        I wish you only knew…

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      • TehGamer
        September 23rd, 2011 at 9:02 am

        LOL!! You’re so right!!

        So how was that console Alpha?

        ……..oh wait

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        • Pugachev Cobra
          September 23rd, 2011 at 2:09 pm


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    • BF3>MW3
      September 23rd, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Yea i had the same problem during the alpha. Never saw any part of the map besides the park because it would crash after a few minutes.

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    • EuroScept1C
      September 23rd, 2011 at 6:37 am

      Indeed… Drivers that “actually works.” Fully optimized can’t be, logical. It will take time for a set of fully optimized drivers. If we have those drivers in 2011, before the year ends, I’d be happy.

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  14. Nick
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I have a GTX 260M. Good news! =)

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  15. Nick
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:08 am


    The price of the gaming unit shouldn’t matter. Doesn’t make you spoiled I you pay for It yourself. Also, If you’re a hardcore FPS player, you want best performance correct?? It’s not cheap!!

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    • Goalieguy
      September 23rd, 2011 at 3:32 am

      ok i was wrong wen i used the exact word “spoiled” but all these pc elitists post abot how consoles are fucking over the gaming market… i can see y people buy gaming pcs and i have no problem with them, just wen they rage over consoles, im proud to say ive built my ps3 setup on my own and its the best of any one i know’s. im 15 and mow lawns on the weekends, ive made that over 3 years, and people say consoles are shitty?

      no offense to pc gamers, just elitists, honestly i have to say, u really do get more hardware per $ with consoles than computers

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      • Impy
        September 23rd, 2011 at 7:48 am

        Once you poor, poor ignorant Console Gamers get the next generation Consoles, PS4/Xbox 720 or whatever they’ll call them (dismissing Wii U since the Graphics Power seems to only be 50% stronger than PS3/Xbox 360), you’ll awaken to the truth of exactly how much Graphics Power a 2011 (or possibly even a 2012 28nm GPU!) Computer can have. Of course, you’ll still be ignorant to the power of SLi and CrossFire, but it’ll be a start at least.

        Then you’ll cry your eyes out and slit your wrists in depression of what you’ve been missing over all these years.

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        September 23rd, 2011 at 7:53 am

        It’s a 15 year old kid guys, your arguing with as child… just let him like his console, nothing wrong with that.

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      • NvidiaFoLife
        September 23rd, 2011 at 4:40 pm

        Please change name to GOALIEBOY. Out.

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    • Goalieguy
      September 23rd, 2011 at 3:40 am

      and the word hardcore(wen refering to fps gamers) generally(not refering to anyone exactly but dont b ignorant to the fact there are quite a few no lifes on pc gaming) means no life

      im not hardcore gamer so i wouldnt know

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      • InfamousRabbiTT
        September 23rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

        Dude there are no-lifers on every system. It’s a fact of life.

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      • Camel
        September 23rd, 2011 at 8:58 pm

        Are you mad because I have no life?

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      • Tummynator
        September 23rd, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        You need to stop assuming things, you probably dont even know about the pc ok :D

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        • Tummynator
          September 24th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

          Oh and also …

          “im proud to say ive built my ps3 setup on my own and its the best of any one i know’s”

          you cant “build” a ps3 you noob … your ps3 will run the exact same as my 11 year old nephew’s so .. SHHHHH!!!!

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  16. LUV_A_BBW
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 am

    WOW…more of the PC vs. Console argument. I have this same argument with co-works all they time and we all work in IT. I think that it comes down to Maturity and Bankroll. I want the best gaming experience that is available to me and for me that choice is the PC. Bar None and I’m willing to pay for more for that experience. While I totally understand the arguments of Console gamers. Their main point is that it’s cheaper and that they can get relatively the same experience as a PC Gamer gets with in reason for a lot less money. I’ve pretty much heard it all from console gamers and I’m sure I will hear about it in the future as well. Bottom line is that you play on whatever you have an just enjoy the game. I know that I will be loving the Beta come the 27th and personally I can’t wait.

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  17. Freebyrd
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Awesome, I hated the stupid thing in alpha saying you don’t have the correct driver even though I had the newest Beta driver. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it was just annoying telling me that I need something I can’t get. Also, it makes me wonder if they will have SLI profile for the beta. During alpha, my SLI didn’t work one bit. Anyways, this is awesome, and what’s even better is that it’s less than a week until the beta…WOOT!

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  18. plumokin
    September 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 am

    hopefully amd makes the same, imo i prefer intel over amd w/ processors (atm at least, that might change idk), and i prefer amd over nvidia because of how much cheaper they are (i doubt that will change unless nvidia decides to make the graphics cards cheaper

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  19. Tyler
    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 am

    :/ Just got a Radeon HD 6850, replaced my nvidia 220. Well, if anything doesn’t work, Ill swap it back and install the drivers.

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    • daniel
      September 24th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Don’t worry about it, AMD has a much faster driver turn-around than Nvidia, so you’ll either see an 11.09 hotfix or it will be rolled into the 11.09 already.

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    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:41 am

    I’m happy to hear about drivers that will run it right off the bat. Alpha I had to download a beta driver just to run it.

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  21. commandotimmy
    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:58 am

    BF3 can’t wait! +1 for nvidia my gtx580sc will love you

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  22. LogiQue
    September 23rd, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Its just advert!

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  23. BF3 FTW
    September 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 am

    wow good news for PC players,
    but i will stay now with my GTX560ti,
    wanna see how this card works (:

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  24. BF3 FTW
    September 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 am

    wow good news for PC players,
    but i will stay now with my GTX560ti,
    wanna see how this card works (:

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  25. Kernkraft
    September 23rd, 2011 at 6:21 am

    OK people, wanna know what you think: AMD or Nvidia?

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    • Counterflak
      September 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

      Whatever gives you the best bang for your buck in your price range. For me that’s mostly AMD’s range

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    • RockEye
      September 23rd, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      I’ve had multiple cards from both brands. Between myself, my brother, and my father, we’ve always had the best results with NVIDIA.

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    • Tummynator
      September 23rd, 2011 at 11:24 pm

      Nvidia all teh way … right now i have a weak card gtx260 … looking for an upgrade for maybe around $300 … any suggestions???

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      • Upgrade Whiz
        September 24th, 2011 at 1:52 am

        570 GTX is up your alley.
        Fermi cards are about 2x the performance of their 200 series counterparts. You can get good deals on 460 GTX in SLi for that money.

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        • VineFynn
          September 25th, 2011 at 3:02 am

          Damn right. The 460 is probably the best card in the fermi range for OC.

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        • VineFynn
          September 25th, 2011 at 3:02 am

          Damn right. The 460 is probably the best card in the fermi range for SLi

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      • j35t3r
        October 24th, 2011 at 6:38 am

        300 will get u 2 his 6770s crossfired

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