And, well, I mostly just wanted to commiserate.
If all goes according to plan, a brand new 6870 will slide into its well-worn PCI-X16 slot sometime during the evening of December 25th and will grant me marginal framerate increases across the board while in partnership with my standard-clocked Phenom II X4 945 (3ghz), DD2 800 RAM, and SATA HD. The coalition of new and old will fill my paltry 1680x1050 display with whirling colors and lights the likes of which I haven’t seen since before my 4870 (original run, 512MB VisionTek edition) started to wear out its fans and heatsinks after running full-tilt, overclocked, 24/7 for the last 2 years (because I am a fool who didn’t think to use profiles until it was far too late). Graphics I have seen time and again before will once more grace my screen and fill my heart with delight: Mass Effect will survive a fight scene without crashing the ATI drivers, Civilization V will run properly in DX10/11 mode (well, okay, that’s actually pretty far-fetched), and idling at my desktop won’t involve blaring my fan at aircraft-esque decibel levels only to maintain a sweltering 75C.
I cannot describe to you how excited I am by this oncoming storm of moderate improvement, this impending roundhouse kick of previously attained goals to the face, this inevitable explosion of seen-it-before ludicrousness!
But actually, I am pretty freaking psyched by it. I realize that I don’t stand much to gain at this resolution from a 6870, but I figure it was a hell of a lot better than dumping ~$50-75 less for a card closer to what I run now (I’d only buy new, for I am fearful) and needing to replace it in a years’ time. Sure, I will likely lose the already tenuous grasp I have on X in Ubuntu. Certainly, I might have to obtain extra adapters to make the damned thing recognized my aging, lackluster monitors. . . but Goddammit, it’s a new graphics card, and that’s always exciting!
It recalls a long lineage of wonders that came before it. . . a mind-boggling 4MB Diamond no-name to “smooth out” the CD-ROM video dad and I used to watch, a 8MB Voodoo2 paired with God knows what to make Quake 2 scream like a fucking banshee, A GeForce2 Ti I was sure would never age, a GeForce 5600 that ran everything until Oblivion without blinking an eye. . . God, I miss that thrill. Looking forward to the new baby :)