My GF4 4400 has served me well for several years. And I really didn't want to buy another card this year. I'd rather spend that money on a DVD-RW. But now I'm in a dilemma. Half Life 2 looks to be the greatest FPS of all time. I've watched several gameplay videos... it's an amazing looking game. We'll have to wait for the reviews to know for sure, but does anyone really doubt this?
Now, to properly enjoy what could be the greatest FPS of all time, any self-respecting gamer would want to crank all the settings to max, or at least get close to max. I sure do. After reading these articles about nVidia performance, it's sounding like my 4400 will choke on this game, and I would be missing a big part of the full experience.
I used to think nVidia was on top of their game. I even owned their stock once. When ATI surged ahead, I thought that nVidia was suffering only a temporary setback. It's now starting to look like a permanent setback, like they'll never catch up. The cooling fans on the GF5s were a joke...like having a jet engine in your PC case. And this business about the Det 50 drivers is horseshit... there have already been many driver revisions already since the GF5s have come out...so if they don't have it fixed by now, then any fixes they do come out with in the Det 50's will be work-arounds or compromises that won't live up to expectations. Basically they are trying to work around design flaws or shortcomings in their hardware, which will be messey.
So nVidia is about to loose another faithful customer...
This comment was edited on Sep 11, 12:37.