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A thought popped into my head and maybe someone could shed some light....

The other day I was at my buddies with my LAPTOP (2 x 2.00ghz w/2mb cache and a ...I believe Radeon HD2600 with about 12-14gb/s bandwidth)

we plugged in via HDMI this laptop to a (at least) a 60inch plasma TV with Devil May Cry 4 on it to play , to see how rad it would look...- looked sick - played well, but I was like - wait till I fix my DESKTOP (SIG) and we'll re-play the game and we can see how much a GTX260 add QuadCore will tear strips off my laptop...

Yesterday we did it, and it was off its face - faster, brighter, better contrast, DX10, his hair, skin, ground, tiles, thatched shirts etc was fully there with increased speed, noted most when Grabbing and swinging the Ice Demons, the swing around the head and throw of the demon happened almost 3x faster than the laptop...all fire, and particle physics were also greatly increased...zero lag, at 1980 resolution with everything MAXXED (everything).

(vs 1280 on the laptop, dx 9.c, and the Anti Aliasing was one first or 2nd level, not maxed by any means)





NOW, the question is, how much visually better could a tri-sli setup of say, GTX480s compare to the performance of my GTX260 in this game???? Is the game a bad example? would I see a shift as great as GTX260 > Laptop in the 480s over a 260?

I just don't see how much BETTER the visuals could get over what I have.....what Im trying to get at i guess Is how much better could something look with 3 cards as opposed to one...480 let alone a 260?
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No, you won't see a substantial difference with that particular game - DMC4 is amazingly optimized and does not require a tremendous amount of hardware to run!

The funny thing is, I had a Gateway C140XL Tablet Laptop with the HD2600 your friend has - and yeah, DMC4 ran like crap. But when I had a GTX 260 Core 216 it ran like butter. The 480's won't run it with any more of a visual quality, even at a higher resolution. DMC4 just isn't one of those games that require a lot of horsepower to run.

Crysis, Bad Company 2, Dragon Age, Just Cause 2 on the other hand would see a huge increase in visual quality at high resolutions with 480's (which will pretty much destroy any game out right now anyways).

Even going from a 260 to ONE 480 will net you better performance in games at much higher resolutions than your 260 can handle, with all of the IQ settings like AA/AF turned up.
Edited by jcde7ago - 6/7/10 at 9:18pm
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With one GTX 260, I think you are can already max out Devil May Cry 4 with very decent FPS, so you won't really see much of a performance gain as compared to a better card, let alone tri SLI 480's.
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With one GTX 260, I think you are can already max out Devil May Cry 4 with very decent FPS, so you won't really see much of a performance gain as compared to a better card, let alone tri SLI 480's.
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you will probably only see an fps increase, a major one, but it won't be visable. Only be able to detect it thru software
 
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