Originally Posted by Alatar
Funny thing is that I didn't say anything that wasn't true....
For the huge majority of time AMD's fastest GPUs have been slower than Nvidia's. A couple of short periods (5870 for 6 months, 7970) are exceptions but they're only exceptions.
Because of this AMD plays the value card.
AMD and Nvidia have different strategies. Nvidia builds big powerful chips for the GPGPU market and also uses those as their top of the line GeForce chips. AMD on the other hand is still using their sweet spot strategy and tries to counter the higher end Nvidia GPUs with dual GPU solutions. It's not my idea, it's what AMD puts in their slides.
Believe it or not but Nvidia made a much bigger jump in performance with Kepler than AMD did with GCN. The likelihood of AMD matching Nvidia's big guns is slim considering that their current best 28nm GPU consumes as much power as a Titan but is left in the dust by around 35% by the Titan.
But the thing is that beating Nvidia's big stuff with a single GPU hasn't been AMD's strategy for ages. Why people are expecting them to do it is beyond me.
Let's count the times when AMD's biggest GPU beat Nvidia's biggest GPU with both on the same litographic process: 0 (and this is after Nvidia's GPGPU strategy begun)
Ok maybe it is just me, but you are one fickle muther. Seems one thread your making the 7970 seem godly then another you act like it is trash.
My opinion is that the 7970 is a very impressive run, and in no way does it pale in comparison to the current Nvidia offerings. And lets not forget AMD beat Nvidia to market with the last run 7xxx to 6xx. Nvidias 6xx series never really toppled AMD, and most of the time lost to the 7xxx. Lets please stop using Software usage as proof of GPGPU company strength. Nearly all 7xxx compute ability was far and above all 6xx (and maybe 7xx, but I haven't seen any info on that) excluding the titan. I get OpenGL was where the compute ability strength was, but seeing that both can use it then it is a far better benchmark than an exclusive such as CUDA. And using the years of offerings may help prove your point, but remember there are a lot of teams that have illustrious wining backgrounds that cant win at all today. So claiming that it is rare that AMD wins is pointless when you consider that 7xxx series was clearly without a doubt the winner in the last year and a half.