It's time to upgrade an old rig and I've decided to give ATI a break for a bit and try an Nvidia card. I've narrowed it down to these three, but can't figure out where the sweet spot lies. I do a lot of heavy gaming, video editing and sound processing. Only 1680x1050 right now, but will be getting a new monitor soon too.
Perceived value is a personal thing but if ya thinking strictly "bang for the buck", the factory OC'd 560 Ti's (900MHz) have a clear advantage above the $200 price point t 43 cents per frame in a single card configuration and 50 scents per frame in SLI
Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:
What's your CPU?
The 560 Ti's the best value-wise, but the 448 core is significantly better, and not that much worse for the dollar. If you're willing to spend $280, it might be worth it. It'll match a stock 570 when OCed.
The CPU is a Core i7 2600k. The budget is around $300, which seems to be about the price for the 448. Longevity would be good, is the 560 ti likely to last me a couple years or is that one more reason to step up to the 448? Also, Twin Frozr III seems popular.