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OK so since PC gaming is dying, will there be significant adoption of other uses for video cards in the future? I had CUDA since my 8800GTX, Nvidia users were complaining that Nvidia was trying to exploit its own users by forcing them to buy something that was not needed for gaming (many didn't care about physx). Today we are at CUDA 2.1, but we see almost no consumer software that takes advantage of it. Coupled with the competing technologies we are again going to get the lack of support because of a "fragmented hardware market".

If not for this, then what will top tier consumer video cards be used for in the future? Most main-stream artists don't need very powerful video cards, and I'm not even an artist. I tried to find some CUDA/OpenCL based DSPs for music making, and all I could find are again buggy/half-baked Indie offerings.

These days it's really hard to justify upgrading your video card. If you look at the most played multiplayer games, CS1.6, CS:S and TF2 are still on top. Same with most upcoming releases, most people here already have the hardware to max out Skyrim. By the time the nextgen consoles come out, the developers may not even bother to make ports for the PC anymore.

I haven't been keeping up with this stuff for a while, anyone with more knowledge can chime in about what major video card developers are planning for the near future? (say 1-5 years from now)
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You are so wrong in so many levels.
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You are so wrong in so many levels.
What did I say in the thread title?
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Umm... wha?
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What did I say in the thread title?
pc gaming is far from dying, and you know it, dont start needless threads.
Edited by PCSarge - 10/29/11 at 8:16pm
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you wont get any anwser then o.O
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7 words in and I know this is wrong already.
and CUDA can be used to accelerate encoding and for much faster bruteforcing of passwords
Edited by Scrappy - 10/29/11 at 8:23pm
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Translation:
"Im going to troll, and then say anyone who calls me out on it isn't welcome!"
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The idea that PC gaming is dying is idiotic. Steam says that 2.4 million people are online at this very moment, and the graph is at its lowest position in the 24 hour up down cycle. Origin has already surpassed 5 million subscribers, and World of Warcraft has (only) about 11 million subscribers now...

Yup, seems pretty dead to me...
    
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PC gaming is not dying, and we are not at CUDA 2.1, we are at CUDA 4.0. And there are several CUDA based applications out there, maybe not for "music making" because it does not require immense computing power but if you head over to the "video making" world there are several CUDA based apps not to mention all the uses of CUDA in visual effects and 3d art
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