That's mature. You still haven't answered those questions though. But nevermind, I think we're getting this thread closed anyway. Sigh... at least the OP got his answer already.
I posted this in another forum:
I'd wait till 2013 before buying anything new. If new consoles are released by then, nvidia and amd will follow suit with a complete redesign of their hardware architecture that will be 5-10 times faster than the current gtx680 and amd 7xxx series. It's happened in 1996 (3dfx voodoo 10 times faster than 3d on cpu alone), then again in 2001/2002 (nvidia geforce 4/ati radeon 9700 5 times faster than geforce 3/ ati 8xxx), then yet again in 2006 (nvidia 8800gtx 5 times faster than geforce 7900gtx & radeon X1900XTX).
See a pattern? All those gigantic leaps in graphics hardware coincided with 3 generations of console launches.
The same will most likely happen again at the beginning of next year IF a next-gen console is released from Microsoft or Sony.
Be smart and don't buy guaranteed-to-be obsolete graphics hardware. The gtx690? That's basically you donating an extra $540 (actual value of the card is $500 imo) to fund nvidia's R&D for next year.
If you have a spare $280 bill in your wallet you don't know what to do with, get a used gtx580. It is perfectly capable of running games at their highest settings at 1080p till next year.
I have a 670 and it's running all games I threw at it at max settings at a resolution of 2560x 1440. So yes, a 690 is definitely overkill.
And if you game on 1080p, you might be better off with a 660 Ti. I'd advise you to browse some hardware fora, they have nice little charts with the FPS you can expect in modern games.
PS: as to the "wait until the consoles are released". We're talking end of next year at the fastest. Do you really want to spend another 15 months with your old card?
Last edited by Carra; 14-09-2012 at 10:13 AM.
AMD's just released one of their largest architecture redesigns with GCN. There's no way in hell they'd make another complete redesign so soon.
Put it this way: if the "largest architecture overhaul" released in the past two years by AMD can't even run next-gen tech demos at 60 fps, how relevant is it?
Last edited by mashakos; 14-09-2012 at 10:27 PM.
AMD's 7000-series performance is besides the point. GCN is new. They're not going to make a new architecture.
But hey, keep telling yourself you know so much better than everyone else if it makes you feel better.
EDIT: I also like that amd is only better when it's crossfired cards are used. Nice one!
The point is Nvidia cards have poor performance and shortcomings in an entire category of applications. Does that sound familiar?Originally Posted by mashakos;190542[B