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That's way off.
For CPUs
They said last gen the the architectures were so different you had to code for the lowest common denominator and they were specific bottlenecks in leveraging multicore performance that ultimately made single core performance they greatest component in specs.
This time around both consoles will be very similar in multi-core functionality so having more and more cores will be more important which is why AMDs approach will be preferable

For GPUs
As useful as picking a CPU can be it is GPUs that will actually dictate the best peformance. You won't see significant gains for choosing AMD at the resolutions PC gamers typically play at.
With the average RAM of GPUs still at 2GB compared to the 8GB known for the PS4 and sources indicate the same for Xbox you will need to upgrade in high end GPU after the first 2 years of the console cycle to keep up (especially if VRAM is still very low).

When you analyze what they said their point about CPUs is mostly accurate but their point about GPUs is very questionable. The console GPUs will be on the same die as the CPU and won't have the latency bottleneck of going through PCIE. Secondly VRAM has mostly been important in dealing with very high resolutions, resolutions that neither console can support with the current state of HDTVs.

PS4 won't have 8GB of vram, it has 8GB or SHARED ram, which ain't the same. Also, your comment regarding pci-e lanes and latency make absolutely no sense since on Sandy Bridge, for instance, pci-e controller is on-die, and latency is terribly slow and, also, GDDR5 has a huge bandwidth but has also a big latency.

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I think I read somewhere that the PS4's CPU is comparable to a Sandy or Ivy I3.

It deffinitely isn't. Jaguar is a low-power architecture, not a hi-power one. It's designed for low-power segments such as laptops and the like. the thing is that you don't require a huge cpu on a console or gaming computer (unless you are going for a very big gpu system), and thus why the prorities are elsewhere.
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I think PS4 can easily handle Crysis 3 like a top rig with Titan or 690.
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post #33 of 50

CPU is the critical component if you really want to future proof it. Go on X79 platform - 3930k 3960x 3970x. For GPUs, you can always sell and trade for better.

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Future Proof a PC, you can do that ?

Of course. You just have to build a time machine first.

I have a Nvidia Titan V sitting on my shelf right now from 2021. I'd show you guys but I forgot to bring drivers back with the card making it useless until 8 years from now.
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post #35 of 50
You can still play games with 8800GTX SLI now. Whats is current console resolution? 720p and under. 8800GTX SLI will play most new games in high @ 720p easily. New Consoles will have 1080p so something like 2 x Titans should last 5-7 years for 1080p
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post #36 of 50
This is great for AMD, it means more competition with Intel in the gaming sector. I honestly could care less about the synthetic benchmarks. If AMD can play these next gen games on par with intel, boom come back!
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post #37 of 50
I already built my future proof system.
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post #38 of 50
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Future Proof a PC, you can do that ?

You can future proof a PC for gaming for 7 years, now we know next gen console's specifications. You could have a PC built which has double the memory and processing power of a next generation console. By next year November a PC of this specification will probably cost less than the console.
Edited by sepiashimmer - 4/20/13 at 11:59am
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You can still play games with 8800GTX SLI now. Whats is current console resolution? 720p and under. 8800GTX SLI will play most new games in high @ 720p easily. New Consoles will have 1080p so something like 2 x Titans should last 5-7 years for 1080p

My PC ran Batman: AC smoothly at 720p at high settings. I wonder what Xbox 360 and PS3 were doing with additional cores.
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ever since the article announced developers have 7GB of memory to play with...I kinda seem an impending doom for all current cards with less than 3GB VRAM. I can forsee games using anywhere from 3-6GB RAM just on frame buffer alone.

What the article says is true that it'll likely take 2 years when next-gen is in full-swing for us to no longer be able to run our games high with current cards

but this is very concerning for people with 1440p+/eyefinity....especially as someone like me who won't be ready to upgrade within 2 years.
     
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