Originally Posted by the9quad
Mantle is actually beneficial for ANY cpu limited scenarios like say I don't know, gamers who have SLI or crossfire rigs running 1080p monitors at 144hz or 1440p monitors at 120hz. So I am not sure what you are on about with it only being for weird scenarios and not enthusiasts.
To be clear, I like the direction Mantle is taking with CPU limited scenarios. That's fine. This needs to happen in both DX12 AND Mantle and I am happy that AMD has done this. However, suggesting that we should test CPUs from 2007 to make mantle shine is stupid and blows my mind. If you can afford a 700$ CPU, then you can afford a 200$ 4670K, period.
It's like some AMD fans want to show Mantle in the best light by using scenarios that are completely stupid and unrealistic. That's the gist of my argument here - Mantle doesn't cover 100% of games, it covers .00001% of games, so it isn't reasonable to suggest that everyone sticks to a 50$ CPU just to use Mantle. Anyway, Just be content with the 10% performance gain that the high end is getting. That is certainly NOTHING AT ALL to scoff at, it's 10% free performance. AMD users on the high end are getting free frame rates and slightly better frame times. Again...NOTHING to scoff at there. AMD achieved their goal and Mantle is working as it should be.
My only argument is those trying to suggest artificial tests just to inflate Mantle's scores - by lowering IQ settings and using crap CPUs. That's pretty silly.
This is not a knock against Mantle. Again, Mantle is providing a free performance boost for AMD users. That's awesome. For the 100th time, I just don't like the idea of trying to suggest artificial scenarios designed only to inflate Mantle benchmarks. By using cheese CPUs. Make sense? Mantle is doing it's job and doing it well. I applaud AMD for that.Edited by xoleras - 3/6/14 at 11:14am