Originally Posted by Raghar
Voice Of Reason - Folks shouldn't you wait for some reviews first?
I'm at 40nm. I have cash. My Skyrim is a slideshow with 3.5GB of textures per scene.
I'm not religious, I seriously considered the 780, which I had in a number of shopping carts at one point. But in the end, I'd have extreme buyer's remorse if I got a 780 at this point. Why? Because the 290x is:
1. guaranteed to be faster than the 7970 GHz
2. GCN, so unified with console development with Mantle
3. 4GB of VRAM
4. Newer than the 780.
5. Includes an audio DSP and a new API, which is interesting to me
Why would I need reviews? To tell me that it's sometimes just as fast as something I don't want, so I should instead get the thing that will be out-of-step with primary game development (console to PC) for the next 5 to 10 years?
Also: I'm on Windows 7, and that's not going to change any time soon. Microsoft's artificial "DirectX 11.2 only works on Windows 8" business is completely bypassed by Mantle, which will expose more of the hardware than any version of DirectX / OpenGL could. GCN / Mantle / TrueAudio is simply more /interesting/ as an enthusiast thing than PhysX & CUDA for me, at this point. There's simply more potential there, and more of a possibility of exploiting all these new APIs, because of AMD's vertical integration for the next decade.
And even if that promise all comes to grief (like PhysX), it's still a fast part with a good amount of VRAM. What's not to like?Edited by infranoia - 10/4/13 at 8:59am