But upon stumbling across GeForce.com and reviewing the recommended 'Optimal Settings' for SC2 on a GTX260, I'm wondering if I might have damaged my video card with that runaway FPS issue SC2 had a while back.
(I have a GTX275, which isn't listed at GeForce.com yet, so I went to the next lowest model for its recommended settings).
- 700W PSU (Sorry, don't have brand on me)
- Liquid Cooled Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
- 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 – 1792MB - Single Card
- ASUS P6T SE -- Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid
- Dual 500GB Drives (1TB Capacity RAID0) 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s
(Isn't she sexy?)
If I run on Medium-ish settings, all is well. FPS is solid enough that I don't notice a problem (I think it drops to 20fps when there are 400 Zerglings on the screen,... :-P) and I get no unexpected behavior.
If I bump to Ultra, like GeForce.com suggests for the GTX260, I will eventually see artifacts, and soon after it will experience a hard lock.
Temperature on the card, according to RealTemp, never exceeds 70C (usually much lower),... which seems reasonable to me.
So,... should I be concerned that my card is an unhappy camper? I'm okay playing on Medium settings, but if the card is expected to perform well at Ultra and I'm consistently locking with said config, I'd like to be sure there isn't a problem. *shrug
I'm an IT guy, just not as obsessive with hardware as I was back in the day. So feel free to use as much techie speak as you'd like - I can keep up. :-P
I swear I tried searching, but good luck finding anything on NVidia cards without having to sift through a whole lot of posts from that melting hardware issue. :-)
(Edit: She runs Windows 7 Home 64bit)