I need a new display card - currently running an Evga 7950. I'm driving a large screen (52" Mitsubishi LCD) - native resolution 1080p.
I can tell the 7950 is having a hard time driving this - particularly at the fast "super stable" refresh rates this monitor is capable of. I'm (of course) a gamer.
I figure I've got about $200 to spend on an upgrade. What to pick? I am currently running Windows 7 - and do want to play new games. I'm aware the nVidia 200 series currently does not have d11 support - I dunno if that will be fixed simply with new drivers or if the cards will never do it - but it seems, certainly for the bulk of existing software, that far more nVidia optimized solutions exist than ATI. I'm also considering PhysX support.
Using an Asus mobo with 680i chipset - so I believe I'm on PCI-Express x16 - but not version 2 - if that makes any difference. Ideally of course the card(s) would migrate with my next CPU/mobo upgrade....
Based on current pricing - I'm torn. I see Newegg is offering XFX GT 240 1GB at $105 each - should I try a SLI pair? Or the GTX 260 896M for $195? Or try an ATI offering?
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The GTX 260 was recommended - and my mobo is nVidia based so only SLI options would be available as opposed to Crossfire.
I didn't know, and still don't, if a pair of GT 240's with 1GB each will do better or worse than a single GTX 260 896M? Or can I not run the GT 240's in SLI at all?
I also don't know if in addition to screen resolution, if there is a difference in refresh rate with the different cards? My 7950 will run my 52" display at 1920x1080 - but at 60hz - and I'm fairly confident this display is capable of quite a bit more.
It looks like I'd benefit from adding a GT 220 for PhysX - though I don't know if it matters using the 512M or 1G version.
Hmm...so I'm left with either a 260GTX 1G for PhysX compatibility and future SLI support (not that I'll likely do that in this rig) - or the 5770, probably a better long-term investment, but without seeing everything the current & older games had to offer. I don't know what to do!!
Anybody have any experience trying the patch that allows nVidia PhysX to run alongside an ATI card?