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I swear, if it's not one thing it's another.
post #62 of 186
You know if it wasn't for the AMD that everyone seems to be hating on, we'd be paying a premium for the NV jewels. And please hear me out, as this is coming from a pure NV owner.

Sure, they're the runner-up, and their drivers are plagued with issues, and they limp on one leg, whatever it is... But none of that matters. to me what matters is that NV stays cheap. Because obviously that's where the superior product is going to be. It has been, for how many years now?

I was done with AMD after they killed the All-In-Wonder beasts. But that doesn't mean I don't want them to stay in business. wink.gif
post #63 of 186
I'm not going to pay too much attention to these benchmarks. I'll wait a few months for Nvidia to release efficient drivers for a more complete performance boost. rolleyes.gif

Anyway, a very good driver release could/should potentially increase performance nearly 50%.rolleyessmileyanim.gif
Edited by Unicron - 3/20/12 at 5:06pm
post #64 of 186
Time to work on drivers and time for people to get these cards in their hands and find the average overclocking potential should show everyone what these cards can do. And as we can see from the already-released Tom's Hardware reviews, it's only going to be beating the 7970 by more, and in the ONLY thing that matters with these cards...gaming. But yes, I'm glad AMD remains competitive, it keeps prices of Nvidia cards down, and gives people with less money a chance to play games that they probably couldn't afford to on the Nvidia-equivalent. Although, rumors of this $500 price-tag seem extremely competitive. AMD becomes all-the-more affordable. Everyone wins.
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I could care less about GPU Compute.
If it is faster than the 7970 gaming wise and same or lower price, I'm getting it.
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So how will this affect things like Folding or BOINC? Thats All i care about (besides gaming, Obviously!)
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It will suck for BOINC on any application using OpenCl (Moo! and Milkyway to name but two). If the CUDA performance is up there you still have PrimeGrid, DiRT, Collatz and, of course, F@H.
To be honest poor BOINCing performance would be a deal breaker for me. If the 7970 is priced similarly (and you can bet it will be soon), performs only slightly worse than the 680 but can still put up good numbers in BOINC then I will be going for that rather than a 680.
Not everyone uses their card purely for gaming. I don't game for more than a few hours a day, I would like a card that can be useful in the times when I am not gaming too.

Totally agree with them. I barely play anymore, i spend most of my GPU time BOINCing. Personally i'm waiting until both players have their top GPU's out so i know who to give my money.
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... beating the 7970 by more, and in the ONLY thing that matters with these cards...gaming.

Maybe the only thing that matters to you. Some of us have other uses for GPUs.

Drivers will not improve on GPGPU performance much if at all, certainly not enough to get the 680 up to 79xx levels. Overclocking will help, but then the AMD cards can OC too...

The 680 looks to be an awesome card for gamers who just want to feel the wind in their hair, and that is great news. I'm honestly dissapointed at the lack of GPGPU performance though, I was really looking forward to going nVidia this time round, for no other reason than to change things up a bit.
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I'm amazed at how many people think this translates to gaming performance.

For 99% of us, none of this matters.
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Maybe the only thing that matters to you. Some of us have other uses for GPUs.
Drivers will not improve on GPGPU performance much if at all, certainly not enough to get the 680 up to 79xx levels. Overclocking will help, but then the AMD cards can OC too...
The 680 looks to be an awesome card for gamers who just want to feel the wind in their hair, and that is great news. I'm honestly dissapointed at the lack of GPGPU performance though, I was really looking forward to going nVidia this time round, for no other reason than to change things up a bit.

I count myself there biggrin.gif

You're right, drivers do barely anything to compute power, and OCing is a moot point since both can do it. I'm also suspicious CUDA performance was greatly gimped, but as they have not launched yet and the 680 will be the "mid-range card", i won't hold my breath.

To satisfy my green addiction, i'm swapping my 450's with 470's, and maybe i'll go red later biggrin.gif
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Drivers. Also, 8SP's? Looks like that could be the problem.
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