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So just an interesting thought that popped into my head this morning, how would we, as enthusiasts, react to a third GPU manufacturer, one that's not just some obscure third name, but some company with enough clout to get us interested?

I can't think of many that fit the bill, but what if one day, a company like Adobe or Qualcomm, companies known for making good stuff, with enough money and tangential relation to computers and/or imaging technology to make a case for themselves, came out with an enthusiast grade desktop GPU? Obviously it would be some flagship type card akin to a 7970 or a 680/780 and would probably cost at least $500, but it would be awhile before we had any hard evidence on performance or reliability.

How likely would you be to take a shot in the dark and grab one(or several), whether for your main rig, testing, crypto tasks, whatever? For bonus points, what companies could you see maybe putting out a GPU? What companies would you personally like to see a GPU from?

PS: Wasn't sure if this should go in off topic or general graphics...
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To be honest i'd wait until the reviews and performance became known before jumping ship. I'm all for competition in this computing marketplace that's so well known for a lack of competition.
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It'd have some big shoes to fill and it'd be pretty hard to make a name for itself in a market that is already saturated by the duopoly of Nvidia and AMD. But for hypothetical purposes, assuming it's driver support is as good, and performance, wattage, heat dissapation is just as good if not better than its competitors, I'd say the more variety the better.
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If something appeared from the dark I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole as it wouldn't work with lots of stuff. AMD and Nvidia have spent years and years perfecting all the little details (and ATI/3dFX etc etc before them).

Maybe Intel could bring something to market but it's likely not worth the effort to them anyway though they do have the $$$ to do it. I think the discrete GPU has its years numbered I would be more excited in a new CPU maker.
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I can't afford a $500 GPU right now. biggrin.gif
But if I could, I would wait for reviews.
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