I am looking to upgrade my video card in the near future. I want some advice on which path I should take. I can either:
1) SLI another GTX 260 with my current one
2) Sell the GTX 260 and buy an ATI 58xx card, and a gt 220 for physx and 3D vision movies
3) Sell the GTX 260 and get a nVidia 4xx card
I am leaning towards SLIing another GTX 260, but I then I would not get DX11, and the resale value of the cards will be very low later on. I could get the 58xx/gt 220, but it would be expensive. I could get the single GTX 4xx, but I hear that the price/performance is low. What would be the best decision, that would get me the most performance for my money?
Availability and lack of competition has pushed the cost of a 260 (new) to $215 new from its $155 price in October. If you can find one for a good price used, for a cheap price, that's the way to go.
If DX11 and high settings is your concern, then the 470 is looking mighty attractive based upon early reviews. It consistently provides the lowest $ per frame across almost all the DX11 cards at high settings. Of course, whether you can actually buy one at MSRP remains to be seen....however, the 480 (if offer is legit) is being offered by Amazon at its MSRP
Keep in mind that the fermi cards do need more power and produce more heat than their ATI competitors....
But they also provide significant advantages in movie editing (CUDA) and a huge advantage in 2D Graphics (ATI supposed to fix this w/ 10.4 drivers).
Perhaps less important ...... to most anyway is the CPU-level technology available in the fermi products. Fermi also supports Error Correcting Code (ECC), a feature that benefits both personal and professional users and Parallel DataCache / GigaThread Engine further add value to GPGPU functionality.
Let's not forget that Nvida has PhysX and 3D whereas ATI has Eyefinity.
Consider the relative advantages of each in your particular PC with your particular usage patterns.... what works best for me or anyone else here on the forums doesn't necessarily translate to what you will experience.