Re: Arkham Asylum/City lag
That's a hard choice: NVIDIA or AMD (ATI)... it's a long-standing debate.
I had such a bad experience with an ATI card many years ago, I just haven't really looked back to them since then. My kids swear by them (I can't recall the model #s at the moment), but they say they're great. Several times (recently) NVIDIA claimed they were going to drop the video card market, stop providing driver updates, etc, because they wanted to focus exclusively on other things (mobile apps/devices?).
I've still been mostly satisfied with NVIDIA (have a GTX 470 atm) and except for running quite hot (91 deg C) in Arkham City and Skyrim, I don't have any problems with it. I also like NVIDIA's control panel and driver support, so I lean toward NVIDIA. I have nothing (recent) bad to say about AMD though. Sorry I can't offer more definitive advice, but I think both are great products and if you look around and do your homework, I think you'll be satisfied with either choice.
I've also heard that PhysX works just fine on AMD cards, but I don't have any experience in that department. Something about the CPU handling PhysX processing, as long as your CPU is up to the task. Wish I knew more on that subject. Seems to me like you'd want an NVIDIA product to be able to handle an NVIDIA-exclusive function like PhysX.
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