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Preparing for DX on nvidia

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 31, 2010 2:53:09 AM


I am not the biggest techie in the world with hardware, but am looking to increase my rig for gaming on the next gen cards. Currently i only have a 8800 GTS which ive had since its release, and only just about now i can not play games that are recently released on higher than "low", so this cards time is up in my mind.

So im now looking to the future. Im aware of the new line of cards coming out by Nvidia. But for no im not going to get a DX 11 card, ill stick with DX 10 and wait a while and get a second GPU with DX 11 when the prices have dropped.

So on that basis, what is the currently best GPU (taking into account their price) in Nvidia's range. The GTX 295 is most expensive but is its value being over $200 more than other GPU 200 series cards giving 200$ more power ?

The way i see it, i want a 200 series card now to enjoy games fully, then later on say a year and a half, ill buy a DX 11 GPU and relegate my 200 series to deal with Physx.

Finally if i buy a 200 series, and i relegate my currently existing 8800 GTS 320 mb card to Physx, will my 8800GTS handle physx or is it too weak for what physx deals with for example in Batman AA as that game seems to use alot of Physx.

Hope you can help.

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January 31, 2010 3:17:44 AM

8800 GTS I think will handle Physx very well, now with the easy stuff out of the way...

Why get a high end Nvidia card (GTX 295 / 285) when ATIs HD 5870/5850 blow them out of the water for less? And as an added bonus (in your case) they have DX 11, which you said you didn’t want but why pay more for a card that can only do DX10?

The 295 GTX and HD 5970 are the top performers of each respective company; they are greatly over priced in what performance return you can get compared to buying the next cheaper card. Its only worth it if you have a 2550x1600 resolution screen where you need that extra little bit of power to make things flow smoothly.
January 31, 2010 3:52:27 AM

Well mainly cos i like Physx that batman AA has - in future im sure more games will utilize it even better - which ati does not have, this is kinda why i currently prefer Nvidia. But i am aware of ATI is currently in the lead on DX 11 but i find it too soon to go into DX 11 cards.
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a c 171 Î Nvidia
January 31, 2010 4:13:07 PM

A GTX260 216SP or GTX275 with your 8800GTS should work quite well by all accounts, so long as your PSU and CPU are up to the task.
January 31, 2010 5:35:20 PM

Well my CPU is:

Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4Ghz

That any good for todays games?
January 31, 2010 5:41:10 PM

You could get a 5850 which beats every single-GPU nVidia card and has DX11 (having DX11 can't be BAD) then use hacked drivers (or Windows 7's multi-driver feature) and keep the 8800GTS for PhysX.
a c 171 Î Nvidia
January 31, 2010 5:41:11 PM

That should still be able to cut it, whichever card you consider make sure your PSU is up to the job and has the correct plugs be it six or eight pin.
January 31, 2010 5:48:47 PM

As for PhysX, I bet it will go mostly out of use due to easy DirectCompute/OpenCL physics API/language implementations.