Just trying to get some info on when to upgrade if you have thoughts.
I purchased a gtx 280 ftw the day it was available and built a system around it. It's working pretty well still running at the native 2560x1600 my monitor does. I read a while back that the gtx 460's make quite a difference with two cards (which I remember reading wasn't so much the case with the 280's) and so I'm wondering how to decide when to make the jump to two new cards? I put a little money away each paycheck for computer upgrades and I don't have the money needed for two new gpu's yet, but I'm starting to look.
I know computer power user had an article a while back about how it's pretty tough to compare new hardware to old hardware because it moves so fast (someone had a similar question about how much difference they'd see from their 9800 to a new gtx 460) but I'm just wondering how you guys decide when to upgrade gpu's.
I assembled my gaming rig about an year ago and got the HD 4890, planning to upgrade to the 5850 soon. However, until now, even an year later, I can play all games (MoH, CoD:BO etc.) at the highest available settings at my LCD's native res. (1920x1200) at 60FPS or above. Hence, I haven't upgraded yet. Upgrading to a more powerful video card might have increased the FPS I get but with VSync On, anything above 60 is a waste.
Long story short: I only play games at full resolution with everything max. As long as my current graphics card can handle that, why should I upgrade? I've heard Metro 2033 is a graphics intensive game. I'll try playing it. If I like and my current setup can't handle it, that is reason enough for me to upgrade (get another 4890 for Crossfire).
Not.... Really... I defiantly suggest waiting right now. The reason I say not really, the 460's are good up to 1900x1200 but afterward performance/scaling starts dropping. I think another reason you should upgrade yes. Don't upgrade yet. I tell you right now the Cayman is coming out and at the Resolution you'll perfer a Cayman, mainly because the performance is expected to beat out the 6870 by 50% and have lower power consumption than the 480/580.
i'll have to see if my board will work with ati/amd gpu's.
does this sound like what everyone has experienced at 2560x1600? i thought when i've read about the gtx 460, the gains at 2560x1600 were significant. i didn't do two gtx 280's in the past because i thought what i'd read back in the day was that they didn't have many gains in sli at 2560x1600.