Originally Posted by tpi2007
Feel free to not consider more compute power, more memory bandwidth and 50% more VRAM as future proofing for providing better gaming performance for the future. You can't just think of the immediate present all other things being equal (although the article does admit the HD 7950 Boost is slightly ahead right now) when making a decision on which card is better, especially when consoles sporting AMD GCN tech are around the corner and new games coming out will surely take advantage of more compute capabilities to help out the relatively anemic CPU.
As Anandtech said AMD will stay with these cards throughout 2014, which probably means that 20nm tech is not going to come anytime soon, so unless Nvidia comes out with new silicon still made on 28nm, their offerings will start to perform worse on many titles that need more compute power. Not to mention that newer games with higher resolution textures will likely make the HD 7950 perform better. It's bound to happen, console developers have a lot of VRAM / RAM to work with, they will want to make their games look much better than previous consoles, so people have more incentive to buy.
feel free to not consider the context i am talking about.
however if you want to mention the future and since you have you shiny crystal ball polished:
its nice that AMD scored the consoles so they can milk a 2 year old arch for a little while longer esp. considering they don't nearly have the R&D that nvidia has. all AMD has right now are rebadges. but if you want to gaze into your ball there, and if it isn't too cloudy, what will happen next?
oh yeah amd has the big kahuna in the 290x that''s speculated to give the titan a run for its performance. but after? nvidia may or may not chop the GK110 a little more and release a 770 - 780 bridge for a mid range card with more compute. or they could use a full GK110 and release an uber titan or two and release a dual gpu card. but they also have the GK180 that, like the GK110, will be released in tesla cards for the commercial market. which does have more compute than the GK110. see people forget the GK 104 was never meant to be stretched out as much as it has.
then in early 2014 there will be maxwell but, yeah still on the same 28nm. though after TSMC will be able to produce 20mn after july and depending if another GK110 yield problem doesn't happen, that put nivida in the seat to launch in ~ Q1 of 2015. and where will be AMD at this time? still milking GCN because of consoles?