I honestly Dont think I am going to upgrade. I play most games on xbox 360 now anyways. seems like games are coding for xbox 360 nowadays and I am sick of playing MUSICAL Graphics cards every year or two. Direct X bullcrap gets old. I also came to realize something... My XFX GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216) Pre-Overclocked Special Black Edition... Is actually a great card. I dont care about DirectX 11 and tessellation stuff... I care about gameplay and resolution (1080p)
After learning that GTX 400/500 series cards arent that much of an upgrade unless you WANT DirectX 11/tessellation support/SM 5.0 support too... I think i will just keep my (700Mhz CORE/1500Mhz SHADER/1200MHZ Memory) Overclocked GTX 260 XFX black edition CORE 216. I overclocked that baby even further than XFX pre-overclocked settings. Most games NEW/Current and older Look good and perform well on that card... It has a 448 bit memory bus. and its really close to 1024 MB. of Video memory too. It has 28 ROP(s) too thats only 4 less then GTX 560/460 series. Even though the CUDA shaders are a lower count by TODAYS standards... 216 CUDA cores Isnt that bad. I dont use alot of AA anyways. I have run any game I WANT at 1920x1080 at High/Highest settings no problem. some games even allow LOTS of AA with no performance drops! The Unreal 3 engine is amazing anyways I digress.
I dont think I am going to upgrade for awhile... In combination with my : i7 2600K 3.4 Ghz/ 8 GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 Memory/Win 7 64 bit architecture... The XFX GTX 260 Core 216 OC will have ALOT of help with Frames per second and speed bottle-necking. Also the card uses roughly 180-200 Watts of power. thats kinda high compared to a GTX 460/560 but... it isnt the Power monster of the GTX 280 card. and this card performs about ON PAR with it when Overclocked...
I spent 3 days looking at the PROS and CONS.
- Bottle line this card is not slow at all... Just limited to DX 10 features and old tech standards for AA and such...
I saw a guy on youtube playing METRO 2033 with 40-30 frames a sec.
he had a 4 Core AMD CPU (Stock speeds)
EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Overclocked edtion
4 GB of DDR2 memory
Win 7 64 bit.
He had Metro 2033 running GOOD... It was on HIGH settings/Ambient Occlusion/Post processing/etc... 1920x1080 (1080p resolution) 4X AF and had AA enable thru NVIDA control panel at like 4X or 2X. Vsync - On and Tripple buffer On to improve performance too... His video is recorded with FRAPS so it runs about 20-30 frames. but w/o FRAPS he gets 40-mid 30's per sec!
If this guy can run metro 2033 at those settings... I think my i7 2600K and XFX GTX 260 OC core 216 black edition will be more than enough to play with similar results.
Shattered Horizion is a monster of a demanding game too! I probably have to run that game on Medium/High settings in either 1080p/720p with minimal AA filtering and AF filtering.
Let me know if you guys agree! I dont feel like spending 170-200 bucks for DX 11 and tessellation support and a 8-10 frames per second performance increase! I would say that PAIRED with an i7 2600K and 8GB. of DDR3 memory a GTX 260 core 216 OC'ed would be just fine UNLESS YOU HAD TO HAVE EYECANDY and Ubber Details! right?