My first nvidia card was the 8800GTS 320mb, then games started running out of vram in a big way @ 1920x1200. So I went to a 4870, which did it's job for a year or two. The 5870 replaced that and was great. I felt like amd was "king of the world". I then found an awesome deal on a u2711 monitor, and 2560x1440 was the biggest visual improvement I have ever had from 1920x1080. The 5870 was not keeping up, so I saved for a long while, and finally got a hd 6990. At first it was a fantastic improvement, I was finally able to get 60fps and vsync back with some room to spare. Then, slowly, when games came out that ran below 60fps, I noticed that my framerate never quite felt 'right'. Since then I have been doing crazy research as to why, microstutter, frame perception based on two gpu's. Nvidia vs AMD. This was - admittedly - extremely hard to research. The reason is that AMD people where tight lipped/uninformed about microstutter it was always "your system, mine is fine" "You got a dud card" or nvidia users saying microstutter was a myth blown out of proportion by fussy people.
Eventually, some actual articles started coming out (toms hardware being the most brought up), saying they would find some way to bring this important issue into their reviewing systems. Those articles died out, and became what "microstutter defenders" used as a reference point in their arguments - the reviews did not change. Except for a mention in HardOCP in their gtx 680 sli review - where they where quite passionate about the gtx 680 cards feeling a lot smoother at a wider range of framerates.
Getting that small amount of information was like squeezing water out of a rock while locked in a small cage for 2 years. No specific user, or debate on a forum gave it to me. I had to scour around reviews looking for any information whatsoever about it.
That's what led me to the subject being hugely taboo - in a sense, a large percentage of the users and the graphics cards manufacturers did not want the issue talked about - the reasons seemed to range from "hardware sales" to "protecting epeens". And the fact is - any site in charge of reviewing hardware - gives the consumer what they WANT.
All I ever wanted was an honest framerate.
Anyway - I hope, and no doubt the wider gaming community hopes, that me getting either a gtx 680, 690, or two 680's. Will shut me up for a generation or three.
Edited by Whitespider999 - 5/1/12 at 8:53pm