Originally Posted by iLeakStuff
And it will still be a huge a huge success and nobody will care except those who want to create drama on forums.
Many people cared. The 970 is still a good card compared to the 980 in terms of price/performance, but I am 100% certain that due to this the 390 and 390X from AMD sold better than they would've if the 970 was a "real" 4GB card.
I actually had the chance to sell my 290X back then to buy a GTX 970 and I was strongly considering it because of the lower power draw which is important for me because I actually noticed going from GTX 680 to 290X on my electricity bill since I game a lot
, but then after they found out that the 970 has gimped VRAM I instantly decided against it.
In many games I am hovering around 3-3,8 GB Vram usage and I am glad I don't have a GTX 970.
One thing I know for sure is that I won't jump blindly into buying an Nvidia card again, because of it. Thankfully reviewers will very likely test if something like this happens again with Pascal. (I doubt it, because Nvidia said it will never happen again, but still I am going to look more closely and will generally be more suspicious towards Nvidia. I always considered myself neutral in AMD/Nvidia/Intel matters and I owned more Nvidia cards than AMD/ATi cards in my life, but if all things equal for future cards (price/performance/power draw/Vram/noise/heat/etc.) then I am more likely to go with AMD cards just because I think it is pathetic what Nvidia has done in the last 4 years especially since they were so successful with it. Well if Nvidia has a better card than AMD then I will still go with Nvidia)
I agree on the 3.5GB Vram jokes being overused, it isn't funny anymore. We all had good laughs when people were talking about Nvidia cars with 3.5 wheels instead of 4, but now it is definitely time to let it go.