Originally Posted by Regent Square
Well, what is this thread about?
People complaining R9280 lacking horse power? And 3GB of VRaM? I mean Amd releases a card on the same/higher performance level than their competitor 780/Titan. Yes, they are late to the party but their product is a top notch in GPu market. Everyone was eulogizing 780 a few months ago, now, all of a sudden you guys are disappointed by a yet released card which offers more horse power(if the leaks are true, which they tend to be for the majority of the time) to it than 780? I smell someone is just upset about R280 costing less $ than 780.
Regarding 3GB of Vram: Modded Skyrim might use up to 3GB of ram. Today`s games utilize 2gb-2.5 as max as it can go. If you are a heavy modder, in order to reach a peak of 3GB you really
got to have tons of mods and a high res screen. But Skyrim does not set a standard how much Ram a card should have as this number comes from an average game requirement.
The quotes I've heard place it somewhere
around the 780 to Titan range, so it may be better it may be the same, it may be slightly worse I have no clue. As for those eulogizing the 780 you have to realize they have no competition from AMD right now, they have 3 single gpu cards (titan, 780, and 770) which outperform the 7970, and AMD is still working on fixing their drivers. Expect a price cut on the 780 when AMD gets their new line out IF
AMD decides to undercut them. Some people may just be poo pooing AMD you're right, but I don't think it's apt to characterize everyone's grievances. Stop and realize this company in recent history denied issues with drivers, only to turn around and admit after being shown numerically otherwise (although comparison videos clearly showed something was up), and is still working on pushing driver updates to address this issue with enthusiast multi display rigs. You can kinda see why some people might be skeptical. Let's not forget they've been rendered nearly irrelevant in the CPU market with no offerings competing with Intel on the mid to high end, not to mention the laughable 9590 and it's absurd pricetag (which they've since reduced).
I personally hope they do a great job on their new line (though I'm a titan user) solely to keep competition up and put downward pressure on prices to allow more users to get in on the high end. I am somewhat disappointed, however, that they stuck with 3gb/384 bit because they've tended to up it every gen, but this time it seems as if that isn't going to happen. Does that mean it's a bad thing? Not really, it just means they probably don't see a point in going beyond that just yet for the vast majority of users, which I certainly agree with. That said, multi-display set-ups will gladly gobble extra vram, making for example tri 1440p users more or less need Titans or possibly 4gb 770s to make things work at higher settings.
As for skyrim mods, I'm pretty sure you can surpass the 3gb vram cap with stuff like dat grass maxed out and ultra high texture packs along with some other resource intensive mods, it definitely isn't outside the realm of possibility.Edited by PhantomTaco - 9/14/13 at 1:51am