Despite direct to metal coding, which so many have pointed out, I feel a 7790 is a bit underwhelming. I realize the strategy and intent of using such a card. But price considerations and "just enough" power are not good enough reasons, to me.
As some have stated, at the time of 360/PS3 release their respective hardware was pretty topnotch. This sort of debunks everyone's argument that it is not realistic to compare X-highend PC to a console. If they put in state of the art tech before, they could do so again. Also in PS3 was a new fangled Blue-Ray player, which were not cheap at the time. Even more tech for the money.
This brings up the issue of production cost. Even a 7850 couldn't cost MS more than ~150-200
$ 100$ (7850 2 GB is ~150-185 @Egg) per unit from AMD, considering bulk discounts etc. So a 350-400$ console could easily have something beefier than a 7790. Seems off to me, if true.
Even with direct to hardware coding, they are using "relatively weaker" GPUs this gen than before. For a system that will have a locked down hardware profile, more is better. I would think that by limiting GPU costs up front they are shortening the console lifespan. Which may or may not be a calculated business decision. I don't know.
Regardless of Top End PC specs I am a bit underwhelmed by this. I know it is a huge step up from last gen, and I eagerly await the benefits having such a PC-like console bring to PC gaming (better Ports), but I am still a bit disappointed.Side note
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.Edited by Biorganic - 3/28/13 at 6:18pm