Originally Posted by Ezk
I'm glad i found your post as I can totally relate to this. I feel alienated and old at times.
So, finishing up nursing school and have been out of the tech loop for some time I come back now and again to regain some of my life and former hobbies. I check on the latest tech that my wallet cannot even dream to afford and see an angering and yet sad trend still continue.
When I buy something, i expect it to work like it should like everyone on these forums, but so much so it becomes obsessive-trying to squeeze blood from a turnip at times obsessive to just get 1% more performance increase, but that's the rush I liked. When I bought my first ATI card, 1800 Pro, I was in heaven, it worked great, ran cool, it did what it needed to do and i liked the cool blue fan i had on mine (from HIS). I ran AMD proc at this time as well. So, I managed to save money and have a "decent" system at this time (around 2005) to play some games and what not. I learned to despise the higher priced competitors (intel, nvidia) as I was able to play my games with cheaper hardware and learned to then even increase my performance with overclocking to out pace their products. My consensus was why buy from them? They are just money hungry, evil companies. At this time I was elated at my accomplishments and so I perused this hobby of pc building/upgrading yearly, until 2012.
In "those days" there was definite "green versus red" "intel vs AMD" debates that I even took part in and was "glad" to be on the "winning team" as AMD cpu's in that time trumped intel like nothing we have seen today. I was proud, overly, and the best part of it all was the consumer won. As we all known fierce competition drives new technology, and lowers prices IF their is a decent competitor (ATI and AMD) therefore everyone can be happy as they can play the next installment of their favorite shooter with high settings instead of medium.
Those days are LONG gone in my book. I'm sorry if you hate this truth, but having lived through it, I do not see the "glory days" as described above getting any better as evidenced by this new report that AMD is releasing this new GPU that only bests the 780 by slim, marginal amounts. This brings upon anguish at first, then sadness. For money conscious and performance happy me, I would never EVER buy hardware like this knowing that compared to its competitor it basically cannot compare. I have lived this scenario twice and therefore refuse to let it happen again. Once with a ati 5780 and an AMD Phenom 1090t oc'd to 4.2ghz. Both instances resulted in poor performance, fps, and bottle neck with other hardware that i had. I switched the GPU first to a 580 GTX and seen remarkable improvement in all games that i had. I then managed to buy a 2500k and seen a 100fps increase in black ops alone. Impressive. I bought the 1090t new for 190 and payed 225 for the 2500k. Really? Astounding in my book.
And i thought i was saving money... at the cost of some serious performance. So, today I will pay the extra difference of 100+ to attain that performance- I will work more night shifts, whatever the hell it takes. Because, I as a consumer am willing to do this, this allows companies to then raise prices to the point of ridiculously absurd.Yes, their new product becomes better in some ways, and demand does increase, but innovation at time suffers- the consumer pays for all of this. Going back to my 1800pro with a cool blue led fan that glowed when running. I thought this was the "@$" in my younger days a nice touch of bling. A stupid example that to me shows the recession of this craft and my hobby into a monopoly set on making money. Companies are focused on charging more, baffling with more bs by advertising etc., and becoming slack with the true innovation. The type of innovation that would take everything to the next level. My ati card is just an example of how i feel things have more backwards as we move forwards.
Honestly, what really gets me is how AMD goes a bragging on how much better their upcoming product is at a nvidia conference, yet benchmarks tell otherwise. Flaunt if you have it does not apply for them guys.
End result. I come back often and become disappointed each time at the fact that the only competitor, AMD, lacks and is always behind much like a cows tail, but has the balls to say they product "equivalent or better" products than nvidia. Empty promises. I am no fan boy. I hate all companies, especially intel for their outrageous pricing. But i like pc building, so like anyone else i deal with it because there is nothing I can do to change it. I am one person. I just want to build something that performs and I can be happy with.
One a side note, i do not mean to personally offend anyone, but I cannot justified buying a lesser product that does not perform, so why even spend the money? I think people buy into the hype or are just extremely dedicated to one side. This reminds me of that 4.7ghz amd processor I viewed last night. I laughed. A move in the right direction, but the cooling needed just to benefit from 5ghz is too much.