First post, by TheAbandonwareGuy
NVIDIA has dropped GameReady driver support for cards using there Fermi architecture (400/500 series, and some lower end 600 series were rebrands) and will drop critical security updates this following January. This means prices on Fermi cards should hit rock bottom sometime next year by my estimates. My thoughts on Fermi are this:
First off, they support drivers as far back as 2010/2011 for 400/500 series cards respectively. I already know of some games that don't function correctly on current gen NVIDIA hardware with the latest available drivers so these could be useful in that regard. Fermi was also one of the last generations to be optimized for DirectX9 code (Kepler also was to a degree). You'll notice that with Maxwell generation and newer cards they have extremely low scores in most DirectX9 benchmarks and in games which didn't receive specific optimization (Skyrim for example was optimized). An 8800GTX scores higher in 3DMark06 than a GTX 750 Ti for example. This means that when later generation higher end DirectX9 and DirectX10 cards start to become harder to obtain (due to price increases and the whole Bumpgate thing) these might be the next best thing.
Secondly, they were the last generation of cards to emerge when Windows XP still had a decent marketshare meaning they have well developed WIndows XP drivers. This will be important for games that either don't run at all on newer versions of windows, or have greater support under Windows XP (games using EAX come to mind, as even on Creative hardware Alchemy isn't always perfect). They also are the last generation with full BIOs support before UEFI started to takeover on the high end which means they have the greatest compatibility with older generation motherboards. You want a GTX480-backed Pentium4? More the power to you.
What's YOUR thoughts?
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