I wasn't referring to minimal performance gains between the 7850 and 7970. I can't understand where you think I was referring to that. I was just saying, I CAN'T MAX OUT ON ULTRA WITH MY VIDEO CARD OF 7970. THAT IS ALL. That was in response to someone who said that wow could easily be maxed out on Ultra using the 7850. And, that is all I'm saying.
I've actually heard two comments which go like this.
1) You can max out settings using 7850 card.
2) WoW only cares about the CPU not the GPU. I have a pretty damn good CPU. From the benchmarks my CPU is the best one available right now.
I'm hearing conflicting statements. I do understand it's mostly about the CPU but I'm hearing the opposite as well.
The situation is not that you are guaranteed to max out the game on a 7970 or a 7850. Rather, WoW performance can vary wildly even on a PC-to-PC basis; some people run WoW just fine on far less powerful setups, whilst others (like yours) struggle.
So when I say you can max out the settings on the 7850, it's if you have no performance issues specific to your pc
, and only if. Otherwise, it's all random.
As for point 2, WoW cares about the CPU and the GPU, as does any game made in the 21st century. The difference arises partially in the fact that WoW typically ends up stressing the CPU far more than the GPU in many situations, such as large raids, for example. This is why the Sha of Anger is so commonly referred to as a 'benchmark' ("You'll get XX fps during Sha"), as it's a 40-man raid -- lots more players to handle. Relatively recently, particularly near the end of BC, WoW's had some optimizations made to allow it to handle multi-core processors more efficiently, but it still has a long way to go.
Heck, I can run GTA IV maxed more smoothly than I can WoW. That's just a fact. Upgrading your graphics card to anything
past your 7970 will do nothing for you in WoW.