Help me navigate the labyrinth of deceptive GPU names!
May 19, 2011 7:37 AM Subscribe
It's that time of year again - the great new pc games have started rolling out and last year's hotness will not cut it. I currently have a Radeon 5850 - Would you upgrade by getting a second card and running them in Crossfire, or would a slick, new, confusingly-named, single card be a better investment?
posted by phylum sinter to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am getting back into PC gaming pretty seriously, but have a really diffidcult time deciphering both Nvidia and AMD's naming schemes for their product lines.
Last year i finally plunked down on a decent card, a Sapphire 5850 but now (Thanks largely to The Witcher 2, Dragon Age 2 and Shift 2) I'm starting to see its' limitations and having to drop detail and resolution to get decent framerates. I have never considered going SLI/Crossfire, but after looking around the internet it doesn't seem that frought with peril unless your cards are bleeding-edge new.
I am also unsure that i 1) have another pci express x16(?) port and that 2) my stock dell power supply will take another video card.
More about my system: It is a Dell XPS 1100 from Dec. '09. Has an i7-920 CPU, 8gb RAM, 120gb SSD and 1tb HDD, stock PSU, sb x-fi soundcard. It is a full size tower, but if anyone knows if there's some way to tell me how fast the free slots on my mobo are that would be nice.
So how about it mefi, what would you do in my position? Get a second card, psu and hope it works? or upgrade to a better single card solution?