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Should I wait for the next generation Nvidia GPU's?

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June 30, 2011 8:18:01 AM

Hello! I'm new to this forum. I would like to ask if I should upgrade my current GPU right now or should I wait for the next generation Nvidia GPU's.

My Set-up is as follows:
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 3.2GHz
EVGA X58 3X SLI
12GB DDR3 1333MHz Corsair Dominator DHX
2x SLI Quad (EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1.792GB)

I would like to know from the people in this forum if it's advisable to upgrade at the moment or wait til later this year or in 2012. Thanks!
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June 30, 2011 8:23:16 AM

Nvidia's new cards probably wont launch until Q1 or Q2 of 2012, so I think you should wait, 295 sli should get you by till then.
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June 30, 2011 8:26:58 AM

if i were you i will wait for the next gen. but if you still want to upgrade i can only think of 2 way or 3 way GTX580 in SLI
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June 30, 2011 8:29:02 AM

Thanks for the reply! Do you think the performance boost between the current 580's to the next generation Nvidia graphics would be substantial? Thanks!
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June 30, 2011 8:35:48 AM

i don't know about that since we don't have any info or even insider leak in regards to that :) . one thing for sure though nvidia did mention to get better performance/watt for their upcoming gpu. honestly i would be very surprise if the upcoming GTX680 (or whatever it is called) can double the performance of GTX580 :p . i think right now we can only wait until nvidia decides to release more info about it
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June 30, 2011 8:49:35 AM

Your gpus already play everything on the market at max settings.Upgrading to newer gpus for dx 11 is pointless since dx 12 will be relased next year.I would say just wait for next gen nvidia cards
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June 30, 2011 9:10:48 AM

celpas said:
Your gpus already play everything on the market at max settings.Upgrading to newer gpus for dx 11 is pointless since dx 12 will be relased next year.I would say just wait for next gen nvidia cards


honestly i'd really like to know if MS will roll out DX12 together with windows 8. if they really did, i think we can already dismiss the idea next gen gpu from nvidia and AMD will coming to us in Q4 2011
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June 30, 2011 9:15:50 AM

Ok! Thanks again for the reply. I think I'm going to wait for the next generation Nvidia graphics! :) 
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June 30, 2011 9:17:12 AM

As a single GTX295 is about as fast as a pair of 460's in SLI, i'd have to think a pair of 295s to at least rival a pair of GTX560Ti or even 570 cards, but with 896 MB framebuffer limit...; should be enough for 1080P even today.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics...

I'd stand pat, hoping for further GTX580 pricedrops or some nice sale w/ rebate prices, and/or, waiting the next gen of cards....; let the money you spent on those cards work as long as possible.
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June 30, 2011 9:23:34 AM

As of the moment, I'm using a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. Hopefully, the next-gen Nvidia cards will be more power efficient and powerful at the same time than the current top-tier Nvidia cards.
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June 30, 2011 9:29:18 AM

renz496 said:
honestly i'd really like to know if MS will roll out DX12 together with windows 8. if they really did, i think we can already dismiss the idea next gen gpu from nvidia and AMD will coming to us in Q4 2011

I think I did read something on geforce.com that windows 8 would be designed with pc gaming in mind and that it will support dx 12.IIRC all versions of windows till now shipped with new direct x for example-windows xps with dx 9,windows vista with dx 10,windows 7 with dx 11.
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June 30, 2011 9:30:24 AM

iamkramseyer said:
As of the moment, I'm using a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. Hopefully, the next-gen Nvidia cards will be more power efficient and powerful at the same time than the current top-tier Nvidia cards.

lol.You don't need that many 295s at that resolution.You should upgrade your monitor to at least 27 inches to use those monsters :lol: 
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June 30, 2011 9:37:32 AM

Hello again! Is there a difference between a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution to a 27" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution in terms of performance?
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June 30, 2011 10:28:12 AM

iamkramseyer said:
Hello again! Is there a difference between a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution to a 27" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution in terms of performance?


no performance difference since the they have same pixels. but i believe the image quality should be better on 23' monitor compared to 27' monitor if the resolution are the same. normally with 27' monitor people will opt for the one with 2560x1600 as it's native resolution
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June 30, 2011 10:59:30 AM

iamkramseyer said:
Hello again! Is there a difference between a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution to a 27" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution in terms of performance?

what I meant was that you should buy a 27 inch montior with 2560X1440 resolution because even a single 295 destroys all games at 1080p.Since you have quad sli 295 you are not using all your gpus.You should buy a new monitor to use them
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June 30, 2011 2:12:33 PM

iamkramseyer said:
As of the moment, I'm using a 23" monitor with 1920x1080 resolution. Hopefully, the next-gen Nvidia cards will be more power efficient and powerful at the same time than the current top-tier Nvidia cards.


If your monitor is not in this list you might want to consider monitor upgrade. IPS panel techology offers superior colors and viewing angles when compared to more common TN film panels. For me the monitor upgrade, from cheap 23" 1680x1050 to Dell U2311H (also cheap), did way more than changing graphics settings in crysis 2 from high to extreme.

The drawback of IPS panels is that they are 60Hz only meaning no 3D. Not all IPS monitors are born equal so I would suggest Dell ones.

I have a modest GTX285 in my computer so I understand your desire to upgrade to DX11. I chose to wait for next gen as it offers double transistor density and higher clocks. The 480 series was a failure as it was designed for 32nm process and then scaled back to 40nm process - the 480 card could not even use all cores because of heat issues. The 580 is fixed 480 but it is not what 480 ought to be because it's still on 40nm process. I have big hopes for the 680 as it is designed for 28nm process and will actually be made on 28nm process allowing nVidia to fire from all cannons. I would be surprised if 680 is less than 2x faster than 580.
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June 30, 2011 2:26:12 PM

iinlane said:
If your monitor is not in this list you might want to consider monitor upgrade. IPS panel techology offers superior colors and viewing angles when compared to more common TN film panels. For me the monitor upgrade, from cheap 23" 1680x1050 to Dell U2311H (also cheap), did way more than changing graphics settings in crysis 2 from high to extreme.

The drawback of IPS panels is that they are 60Hz only meaning no 3D. Not all IPS monitors are born equal so I would suggest Dell ones.

I have a modest GTX285 in my computer so I understand your desire to upgrade to DX11. I chose to wait for next gen as it offers double transistor density and higher clocks. The 480 series was a failure as it was designed for 32nm process and then scaled back to 40nm process - the 480 card could not even use all cores because of heat issues. The 580 is fixed 480 but it is not what 480 ought to be because it's still on 40nm process. I have big hopes for the 680 as it is designed for 28nm process and will actually be made on 28nm process allowing nVidia to fire from all cannons. I would be surprised if 680 is less than 2x faster than 580.


AFAIK Fermi (GF100) was meant to be made using 40nm node. only AMD 6k series was planned for 32nm node but they have to scrap the plan since TSMC skip 32nm altogether.
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July 1, 2011 12:58:09 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm really eager for the new Nvidia graphic cards. :)  Hopefully by then, I'll upgrade my monitor as well. Cheers!
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