Back in 2009 I "designed" and had built a gaming computer (I'll admit it's an alienware). At the time, I had done a fair amount of research but was a little overwhelmed by choices. At the time I had the money to blow, so I trusted the representative on the phone when making suggestions and I remember at the time the best gpu I could by was a gtx 295. I've always had my reservations about how good this card really is, but lately I'm downright confused as well as disappointed. I'm going to give a couple of examples.
#1. World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria. Running settings based on their WoW Cataclysm suggestions gets me an average of 45fps at 1920x1200. They show on nvidia's website that I should be averaging about 90fps.
#2. Star Wars The Old Republic. On it's highest settings, I receive unplayable fps. If I leave everything on high but turn down the shadows I average about 40-50fps, but the frames can spike so severely during pvp that the game almost becomes unplayable at times.
I've also noticed that I never see more than 60 fps in any game. I don't know if that's because the in game fps meters don't track fps faster than 60 or if somehow my card maxes out at 60 fps.
I know that I don't have the latest and greatest technology, but in a game like WoW I expect to be able to run on high or ultra settings and see 60fps. Unfortunately, to see 60fps even at the busiest times I have to set the graphics to "good". That just doesn't seem right.