But, I digress.
This time around we are playing with the middle class system. An e8400 (OC'd to 3.2Ghz), an Nvidia GTX 260 (not OC'd), 4 gigs DDR3 1333FSB and good ole onboard sound. As we have seen about 600-700 bucks will net you this beauty.
1360x76 All effects on - 20FPS
1920x1080 Optimized - 26FPS
Impressed that the GTX 260 can handle this spot and at such a high framerate. Depending on the card, some feature causes each card to bog a bit (water? snow? lighting?). As you will see in this comparison section.
1360 Nvidia - 34.5FPS
1360 ATI - 58.4FPS (23 frame increase)
1360 Nvidia - 36.5FPS
1360 ATI - 58.5FPS (over 21 FPS increase)
1360 Nvidia - 128.8FPS
1360 ATI - 217.3FPS (over 88 FPS INCREASE)
Something to keep in mind. Drivers for ATI are still beta and not optimized quite yet. I am also running 8x Supersample (16x regular on Nvidia), and this can give a hit in performance in some zones as well. But, there is no doubt that the Nvidia does quite well for it's price...but at a cost of visual quality and some performance quirks
At one point while in Atzels Zone, my frames dipped to about 18, and started to stutter, yet the ATI kept rolling at over 50+ FPS. I actually had to shut down the game and restart after this stutter incident, yet Atzels never seemed to recover in this one section (near the Fortress for those who know the zone).