how awful. guess I won't consider upgrading below 5970.
why is this game so hard to run? do nvidia cards get better performance(more optimized)?
5970 is not an overkill for this game but you should be able to get this game to run smoothly without getting something that expensive, since your cpu is going to slow down the game as 5970 is way too powerful to compare with.
this game is not hard to run smoothly in normal settings, its the 8xAA, AO and depth of field thats killing the GPUs, i personally tried with AO and DF on and off, didn't notice much difference if any at all, then again i pay more attention to the playing aspect rather than the looking at pretty mountains far far away part :) so with 1xAA, AO and DF off i get between 55-60 fps in the field, around 35-40 in camps and 20-25 in highly crowded towns on my gtx 460 (1/3rd the price of a 5970)