I'm mainly a console gamer, but starting to get back into PC gaming again by playing tribes ascend, and really excited for Diablo 3. I have been contemplating upgrading from 5770 graphics card, hoping to stay in the 150-200 range, and wondering if its worth the investment at this point at time. I don't need to have top of the line graphics, but would like to stay at least in the mid range for most games.
Also is it worth waiting for the new Nvidia 640-660 models to come out.
it's more affordable ?
has higher memory bandwidth (better performance)
has higher FLOPS (better performance maybe? I am not sure)
has higher pixel fill rate (again, I am not sure)
and more importantly , it uses a bit less power
higher shader clock (uh... better... I am not sure )
a bit higher texture fill rate
about waiting for the 640-660? well... for me.. I'll be waiting for them.. but for sure price isn't going to be a bit friendly lol...
Blizzard games run better on Nvidia do not get a Radeon if you want to play diablo 3. Keep the same pricepoint and get your nvidia equivalent. My personal experience: New rig has i5-2500, and an old Galaxy GTS 250 it runs wow between 85-135 FPS maxed, besides shadows at good and x8 AF. The rig before my current on had the i7-940, and a much higher tier radeon 5870. The 5870 ran Crysis 2 better than WoW. The GTS 250 runs WoW just as well.
Statistics: Even better AMD cores can bottleneck WoW.