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I'm very uneducated on graphics cards, so I'd appreciate your advice, please.  I currently have a GTX 970 (4MB) card, and I run P3D on a Dell 1920x1200 monitor.  I limit frames at 29 within the nVidia Control Panel, and I usually manage 25-29 in most cases.  I'm considering buying a GTX 1660Ti (6MB) that is a more current card, but I'll continue to use my same monitor and would expect to still have frames limited at 29.  Does this make sense, or do you think I'm wasting my money?  Maybe there's other benefits I haven't considered.  


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I upgraded from a 970 to a 2700 super.  At first i didn't notice a big difference but then i realized that I could now use SSAA antialiasing.  HUGE difference!!


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On 4/26/2020 at 2:50 PM, StewCal said:

I upgraded from a 970 to a 2700 super.  At first i didn't notice a big difference but then i realized that I could now use SSAA antialiasing.  HUGE difference!!

Thanks for the reply.  I'm looking at the 2060 Super and 2070 Super, so it comes down to money for me.


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On 5/4/2020 at 7:07 PM, curt1 said:

Thanks for the reply.  I'm looking at the 2060 Super and 2070 Super, so it comes down to money for me.

What CPU will you be using it with? In most current flight sims, the CPU determines the performance and the GPU (roughly) determines the image quality. Getting a new GPU isn't necessarily going to give you any more FPS. Teaming up a fast, new GPU with an old CPU is really wasting your money in most cases.


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P3D v5 requires more VRAM than my GTX 970 offers.  I ordered a RTX 2060 Super which doubles my memory.  My CPU is i7-6700k.  


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Hi Curt,

 

That RTX 2060 should be plenty if you don't plan on running all the sliders to the right in P3Dv5.

What seems to be transpiring with P3Dv5 is, more load is put on the GPU and specifically the amount of VRAM on board -its better balanced between GPU and CPU now. A few users are seeing GPU memory issues but I think it a ll depends on what texture resolution you have selected (1024, 2048,or 4096) and also the resolution of your monitor (HD, 2K, 4K etc).

With some medium display settings in P3Dv5 and your current monitor, it should be OK.

 

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Mark, thanks for your response.  I've done so much research since my initial post, that I don't feel blind about this subject anymore.  I wanted to move up without going too big and wasting resources I won't use at my resolution.  I think this should suffice for simming, but perhaps not for first shooter games that I don't play anyway.


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I'm still running a 6700K with no overclock...


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The RTX 2060 Super is doing a solid job with no issues for GA flying.  Once I install the heavy iron addons, I'll probably need to tone down my settings a bit to keep my VRAM usage under control.  I'm okay with that and have no regrets buying this card. 


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Welcome to the RTX club!

I also came from a GTX970. What a difference.


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