Das_Saunamies wrote:To be frank, I would almost wait for the next-gen value and mainstream cards to hit as well, if you're not in a hurry. The 970 and 980 are superb, but I just can't get excited about the 950 or the 960 compared to the ol' 750 Ti - at least from a Silence/efficiency perspective.
I owned a MSI GTX750Ti and a MSI GTX960 ME, and while to some point i agree with you in the terms of efficiency, on the silence part i don't, both are remarkble gpus, i cant hear either on a gaming load or idle. Where it lacks is the GTX960 wasn't the usual X60 GPU where you get a lot of bang on the buck, where it makes almost the X70 series not worth it, this gen was backwards, Nvidia intentionally crippled the GTX960 to not be as appealing (there are rummors on a GTX960Ti on the works, that i dont think will ever come out with how AMD released their mid end gpus), this makes the GTX970 to be (imo) the best bang for the buck for a 1080/1440p gamer, that said, the GTX960 still holds its own on most titles, but it does struggle in some with high settings, either way besides the MSI GTX750Ti, if you need more GPU power, i see the MSI GTX960 as a great option and do recommend it.
I have high hopes for Pascal, seems Nvidia has gotten their last gens right, specially getting better in terms of efficiency, allowing very powerful and quiet gpus in all their range of offerings, my dream is that single gpu (probably the highest of their line) can drive 4k fine in quiet fashion.... then again just dreams in my world, will see in a year or so.
So I'm a bit disappointed after waiting so long only to find out Skylake didn't quite meet my expectations.
I agree with you, i though Skylake was going to be a really good boost and ended up like all past gens with minimum cpu upgrade, all the latest gens is more about the extras like USB3 and now 3.1, Sata3 and now Sata Express, DDR4, and maybe in a gen or two (i was expecting skylake to have it) PCIe 4.0. Personally i will wait one or two more gens, if i don't see a 6 core or a big jump on 4 cores, ill probably move toward Skylake E or whatever is by that time, sadly at this rate, that PC wont get upgrade in 4-6 years with the intel current release strategy.