Quote: Originally Posted by skunksmash
the fact you have an Nvidia chipset would push me to get a GTX285, & then in the new year i'd begin my hunt for another, SLI 285s are EXCELLENT, or i'd hold off a little while & see if i could get a ''Fermi'' card (then SLI later on)
, though it may be quite a wait..
a single slot solution is certainly preferred over SLI or CFX, but its not always the best option if you have an existing card you can use.
if you buy right now into Nvidia you'll miss out on DX11 until the next time you upgrade your GPUs (which in most ppl's cases is not too often
if you go the other way...ATI 5xxx, you assure yourself DX11, but your limited by your chipset, so as you've said its gotta be ''high end''
so..... how desperate are you to upgrade
Well i been thinking about it and i think you are right, i will just have to wait for nvid to get there gpu's into gear for DX11.
the GTX285 is the best nvidia card, but the only thing that makes it the best is the memory interface is 512bit where as the 275/295 is 448bit, but the stupid thing is they still utilized the older openGL 2.1 but the 275 uses 3.0. talk about a backward forward upgrade in technology.
i just dont get why nvid takes so long to release DX11 cards, unless they are waiting for the right moment to release something that is capable of beating the HD5970 and also uses DX11.i dont know what happened to their so called upcoming release GT300 GPU's, obviously that went astray or something. but what bugs me even more is they release lower end cards (like the base model GT200 series cards) that are basically old 7 or 8 series cards with a new fancy name, what the heck is the point? cant they put that money into designing something truly worthy of advancing in development instead of going backwards?
but i do like the looks of the HD5970, its got some awesome technology, and a reasonable price tag for it too, $1200 might sound high, but when you consider the stuff in it, it is reasonable....if only
at least the i7 chipsets are crossfire/sli compatible.
i did try cleaning out the cards today, i actually have 3 980GX2's, but one was a water cooling setup gone wrong but still worked before i bought 2 new ones through insurance. i will have to try testing the other one again. pulling them apart is a slow task on its own.
does anyone know what sort of thermal pads they use? its a white putty sort of stuff, when you touch it, it leaves a white oily film on your skin and it has like a woven mesh in it? i can reuse the old stuff but i was wondering what it was called and where i could buy it as i have never seen that sort of thermal transfer pad before.