Originally Posted by Master__Shake
ahem...fcat? stutter? helloooo
Was an industry wide problem until nVidia fixed it with Kepler.
Coincidentally (Or not, take whatever side) it was right after then that it became big news that AMD had stutter...Yet if you look at Fermi's results from the same people it's just as bad as the HD7970.
It was a wildly overblown issue that is well and truly on its way to being fixed now considering all the new GPUs from AMD have redone CFX and apparently eliminated it. (Obviously, benchmarks need to prove it first)
Originally Posted by wstanci3
I don't think he meaht literally half.
I think he meant that if Nvidia had not released the Titan or 780, AMD would not have hustled to release a new lineup this year to bring better performance.
The R9 290X was set in stone before the Titan (Maybe even the Tesla K20) was even announced, and AMD probably thought they'd be up against GK100/GK110 anyway. We don't owe nVidia for the R9 290X any more than we owe AMD for the Titan. (ie. If there was either one more or one less competitor we'd have a completely different GPU landscape)
Originally Posted by skupples
Also, AMD's "ultra-enthusiast" comment, was one purely based on price range, not performance.
Remember the HD4k series? AMD said the exact same thing, they wanted to compete in the lower areas because it's much easier to design smaller GPUs and to get them to market (ie. better for most of us who tend to buy around the $250-$450 range) but still managed to make GPUs that competed way out of their price range forcing nVidia to drop prices to a point where what they charged previously was simply laughable.
Originally Posted by Alatar
The decision to go big die was probably made once AMD saw that Nvidia had made such a big perf/mm^2 jump with GK104.
Most likely, as nVidia has been trailing behind on that for a while now.