Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead
Face it people, the R9 290X was made to beat nVidia's highest performing main stream card ... the GTX 780 ... and the 290X did that ... 6-7 months after the 780 was released.
It was a card designed to beat a specific competitors card ... the GTX 780.
Then, nVidia counters with what will most likely beat the R9 290X ... the GTX 780Ti. nVidia has been SITTING on this card for awhile now, and just waited for AMD to tip their hand.
By all accounts, it will be faster, quieter, cooler, consume less power, and will be priced within $50 of the R9 290X.
This is AMD's "last hurrah's". nVidia is so far ahead of AMD on graphics cards, they can afford to just sit on better cards and REACT to anything AMD puts out. nVidia is already well along in their next generation cards, Maxwell, and AMD will be, most likely, 6 to 9 months behind.
nVidia hasn't exactly been sitting
on the 780Ti. They're simply taking GK110 and disabling or enabling certain parts of the chip to make it more competitive with Hawaii. Given the right tools, I could make the same changes to GK110 myself.
We don't have benchmarks yet, but in lieu of the Hawaii, nVidia has already announced the 780Ti. That makes me feels as though Hawaii handily makes the 780 irrelevant. The fact that the card is based on GCN 1.1 instead of 2.0 leads me to believe AMD never intended to bring the chip to production, and reluctantly decided to do so due to pressure from nVidia's GK110 consumer cards. Some of you may recall an article where AMD representatives bragged that Hawaii was "ready for production" in Q3 of 2011. (Many people, like myself, held off on getting 7970 because of that.)
Here's the thing though, I'm working on conjecture (and so are you.)
Claiming either company is "so far ahead" of the other is pretty ignorant, considering their performance is apples-to-apples in every price bracket.
The only difference is that AMD has never competed in the market for GPU's in excess of $650, until now (as speculated.)
Now AMD is releasing a chip to compete with nVidia's 551 mm^2 die. AMD's chip is 424 mm^2, making it less than 80% the size of GK110 while supposedly delivering apples-to-apples performance. Tell me who's ahead again?
The real answer is: neither. They're both bringing different things to the table, for different reasons.